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Who We Are

OER Africa is a ground-breaking initiative established by the South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide). We play a leading role in supporting higher education institutions across Africa in the development and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) to enhance teaching and learning.
OER Africa commenced in 2008 through seed funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Since then, we have diversified our projects and partnerships to focus primarily, but not exclusively, on agriculture education, teacher education, health education and academic skills for higher education. This work continues to be supported by the Hewlett Foundation as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, amongst other donor partners.

The OER Africa Vision

Vibrant and sustainable African education systems and institutions that play a critical role in building and sustaining African societies and economies through free and open development and sharing of common intellectual capital.

What is OER?

Open Educational Resources (OER) refers to educational resources that are freely available for use by educators and learners, without the need to pay royalties or licence fees. Although OER is sometimes confused with online learning or electronic learning; it is however, not the same thing. Indeed, in a developing-world context, many educational resources produced may be printable, while also shareable in a digital format. Visit our 'Understanding OER' page to find out more about OER

Our Mission

To establish dynamic networks of African OER practitioners by sensitizing and connecting like-minded educators – teachers, academics, trainers, and policy makers – to develop, share, and adapt OER to meet the education needs of African societies. By creating and sustaining networks of collaboration – face-to-face and online – OER Africa supports African educators and learners to harness the power of OER. In turn, they can develop their capacity and join emerging global OER networks as active participants who showcase Africa’s intellectual property, rather than passive consumers of knowledge produced elsewhere.
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