Saide, the South African Institute for Distance Education, is a non-governmental organization based in Johannesburg but conducting projects throughout South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. Saide's task is to contribute to the development of new models of open and distance education practice, that accord with and take forward the values, principles, and goals of the evolving education systems in the Southern African region. It has also paid particular attention to the appropriate use of technology in education and most recently established a Kenya-based initiative, OER Africa, to promote the development and sharing of OER on the African continent.

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Welcome to our latest OER. The Guide for Making and Using Stories is a resource from our African Storybook Initiative that can be used by fieldworkers, community librarians, teachers, parents and others who are working with young children. There are different kinds of activities for you to use.  The activities give ideas on how to create, translate, adapt and use stories from the African Storybook website.

In 2011 and 2012 Saide led a process to design and develop a set of course materials for teacher professional development based on selected components of the Wits Data Informed Practice Improvement Project (DIPIP). The course was released as an OER and is going to be used by Wits in 2016 for training teachers in senior primary mathematics methodology. This OER can be viewed on our OER Africa website in the African Teacher Education Network space or can be downloaded through this link.

 Our OER Africa website has received a new look and feel to reflect our latest work, funded by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.  In our current phase of work OER Africa is taking the innovative approach of integrating a Participatory Action Research (PAR) agenda into each of our institutional engagements. We believe that more focused interactions will facilitate a collaborative agenda and will therefore support four carefully selected institutional partners to:

  1. build a deepened understanding of how OER practices can support transformation of teaching and learning
  2. ensure that such accumulated understanding is widely shared and incorporated into policy and advocacy.

Saide  would like to wish all our friends and colleagues everything of the best for the holiday season and we look forward to working with you in the new year.

Our offices will be closed from mid-day on 24th December and will re-open on Monday 4th January 2016.