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


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 5th January 2015.

Saide will be working with four South African universities - the Nelson Mandela University, University of Free State, University of the Witwatersrand and University of Pretoria in the Kresge Foundation's Siyaphumelela (We Succeed) Initiative. The aim of the Initiative is to build of data analytics capacity to find and share solutions and interventions based on solid information to improve student success. The four-year grants were announced recently at a symposium on South African higher education and philanthropy.  The full article is available on the Kresge Foundation website.

With the advent of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) Policy for the Provision of Distance Education in South African Universities, the Council on Higher Education saw it fit to provide guidelines for institutions wishing to offer distance education. The CHE commissioned Saide to develop guidelines on how general programme accreditation requirements need to be interpreted for a distance education context and the wide variations thereof, including the effective integration of supporting ICTs. This guide, the Distance Higher Education Programmes in a Digital Era: Good Practice Guide has since been published by the CHE and is available for use to all interested providers in the country.

This latest issue of the newsletter reflects on the partnerships that we are taking forward subsequent to the launch of the project website in June as well as the progress towards systemic implementation of the project in South Africa. There is a report on the ASP Summit that took place at the University of British Columbia and a conference we attended in Nairobi on African Language and Literature in the 21st Century. We participated in a Book Dash event where expert illustrators, writers, editors and designers commit to creating openly-licensed stories in a twelve-hour workshop. We are also thrilled to list other organisations who are re-publishing or linking to our stories.