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 Saide Resource Centre scans and catalogues relevant journal articles from a variety of international and South African education journals. We focus on distance education, open learning and e-learning, education policy, technology enhanced learning, open educational resources, higher education, community education,teacher education, adult education and early childhood development. Much of what we select to catalogue is directly relevant to projects that we are involved in. The first issue of our abstracts for 2015 is available here. Subscriptions to the service are available through our daily education current awareness service subscription. To subscribe to the service please send an email to Jenny Louw.


Saide would like to wish everyone everything of the best for a fruitful 2015 as we all continue in our endeavours to provide access to quality and meaningful education in Africa.

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.