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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The Educational Technology Initiative (ETI) aimed to support interventions in African universities to make increasingly effective use of educational technology to address some of the underlying educational challenges facing the higher education sector in Africa. This five-year project was funded by the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa has now concluded. One of the final products to be produced is a series of case studies from the African higher education institutions involved in the project and it is now available on our website.


We are pleased to announce that Guidelines for Teaching Numeracy: Foundation Phase originally commissioned by the Gauteng Department of Education has been updated by Count, the original authors and Saide has been given permission to release the resource as an open educational resource under a Creative Commons CC BY NC licence. This programme provides Grade 1, 2 and 3 educators with for example: a progress of appropriate activities that introduce young learners to basic mathematical understanding, knowledge and skills that they should develop during early schooling; ideas and examples of interesting practice activities that will help learners consolidate and extend their understanding and skills. Click here to read more and access the resource.

Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources are free and open to everyone.The Open Education Week Organizing Committee invites your contributions to and participation in the third annual Open Education Week, featuring online and in-person events around the world.  Ways to Contribute: There are many ways you can contribute to Open Education Week: upload an informational or inspirational video, host an event in your community, send us links to resources about open education, hold a webinar, and promote open education week in your social media networks. To contribute a video or resource, or to have your event or webinar featured on the Open Education Week Events calendar, please use the submission form at To get the website ready, we need your submissions by 28 February 2014.

We are in the process of launching a new website in order to serve you better and we are scheduled to go LIVE on Monday, 9th December 2013 at www.oerafrica.orgAlso to be launched is the OER Africa video with highlights from African participants in the OER arena as they touch on some of the major issues and debates around OER and the role of OER Africa therein. The video is an exciting introduction to OER in general and to OER in Africa. While we actively migrate content, you can continue to access our resources at As always, we will continue to upload new content on an ongoing basis.  We thank you for your patience during this transition as we strive to better assist you.If you have questions or feedback, please contact