Saide 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. Our Kenya office focuses specifically on our OER Africa Initiative which  promotes the development and sharing of OER on the African continent.

News and Events

In the most recent issue of the Journal of Learning for Development - JL4D published by the Commonwealth of Learning, Paul Prinsloo of Unisa provides a brief history of distance education in Africa and recognises and documents leadership on the continent. Saide is proud to note that both our Director, Jenny Glennie and our OER Africa Project Director, Catherine Ngugi, are recognised in the article.


Saide participated in the Creative Commons Global Summit at the end of April.  Our African Storybook Initiative shared a platform with Pratham Books from India. We are very proud that we feature prominently in the 2016 State of the Commons Report.


Our African Storybook annual review of 2016 is now available. The major achievements in 2016 were the release of the Reading component of our new responsive design, as well as of our free Reading App in both Apple and Google Play stores. The App has been sent to the Department of Basic Education (DBE) in South Africa, and is on their list of recommended Apps in the new DBE cloud.  An Ethiopian specific version is deployed on tablets in 25 libraries in Ethiopia through partnership with Beyond Access and CODE-Ethiopia. 



Three Saide staff were fortunate to attend PCF8 in Malaysia towards the end of 2016.  Saide's Director, Jenny Glennie, made a presentation on our African Storybook Project. Catherine Ngugi, our OER Africa project director also made a presentation and Ephraim Mhlanga was the theme co-ordinator for the Quality and Equity theme.