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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.

News and Events

OER Africa is excited to announce its 2016 convening of institutional partners to reflect on the role of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Supporting Pedagogical Transformation, using a Participatory Action Research Agenda. This powerful theme speaks to a very practical challenge – the need to improve teaching and learning in Africa’s universities - using the best available resources. We are honoured to have Professors Ahmed Bawa, CEO of Universities South Africa, Pieter du Toit from the Faculty of Education at the University of Pretoria, and Dr David Wiley, Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning as our guest speakers.  More detail on their biographies is available.



Nadeosa, the National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa would like to invite participation in their 2016 conference to be hosted at Monash South Africa from 13-15 July 2016. The conference theme is Technology enhanced open and distance learning and different facets of transformation within the post-school education and training sector.  Attached is the latest communique regarding the deadline for abstracts and registration is now open.


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.