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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Saide is seeking the services of an evaluator experienced in accountability evaluations to conduct a final evaluation of the first four years of its African Storybook initiative, funded by Comic Relief.  Evaluation proposals (including Elaboration of scope with approach and methodology, Plan for evaluation, Elaboration of proposed budget, CV and contact details of three referees) should be sent by email by 2 August 2016 to: Ms. Maureen Madonsela, Saide,  Tel: (011) 403 2813. To read the detailed advertisement click here. The detailed terms of reference are also available.

Promising practices towards systemic interventions for student success


In 2014, the Kresge Foundation invited South Africa’s public universities to apply to participate in the Siyaphumelela – we succeed programme aimed at enhancing the use of data analytics to improve student retention and success in higher education.  The selected universities (Wits, UP, UFS, NMMU and most recently DUT) have provided a plan to improve their institutional capacity to collect and analyze student data and integrate it with institutional research, information technology systems, academic development, planning and academic divisions within their institutions to increase student success. This conference took place in Durban from 28 - 30 June.  Leading academics participated in the conference. University World News covered the conference with the following three articles:


This book, drawing on 15 case studies contributed by 29 OER researchers and policy-makers from 15 countries across six continents, examines the implementation of the pivotal declaration through the thematic lenses of policy, costs and transformation. Tessa Welch and Jenny Glennie present a case study on open educational resources for early literacy in Africa: The role of the African Storybook Initiative.


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.