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
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.org. Also 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.
This update on the African Storybook Project provides information on a Research for Social Change Colloquium funded by the Colloquium Abroad Program of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia. A further article reports on a pre-conference workshop that we held at the 8th Pan African Reading for All (PARFA) Conference, held in Nairobi, Kenya.
Unisa has recently celebrated its 140th anniversary. Saide's Executive Director and Unisa Council member, Jenny Glennie, contributed the following article to the special anniversary edition of UnisaWise, reflecting on the dramatic impact of the Internet on the university sector as well as other challenges it faces, the contribution of distance education in South Africa, and how the two combine with appreciable implications for Unisa.
The African Storybook Project will hold a Colloquium from 17 to 19 October 2013 hosted by the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study.
The event is being funded by the Colloquium Abroad program of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada