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A: African Contexts

The OER world map provides a picture of the extent and activity of the global OER movement. Information is collected on people, organizations, services, projects and events related to OER.

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While the OER involvement on the African continent appears sparse in comparison to some other continents, due to several projects and increasing institutional interest there is growing uptake of OER in Africa. Global projects that include African countries bring together existing expertise and interested parties who see the benefits of working with OER in Africa. OER Africa is in a unique position to support these efforts within the African environment.

‘OER in Africa’  (11.44 min)

Recent and ongoing sub-Saharan Africa OER projects and organisations include:

  • Saide’s OER Africa initiative – supporting higher education institutions across Africa in the development and use of OER to enhance teaching and learning; particular areas of focus include the Health OER network, Teacher Education and Agricultural Education
  • African Storybook project – open access to picture storybooks in the languages of Africa
  • ROER4D project – a ‘global south’ OER research network including researchers in Southern, East and West Africa
  • OER4Schools – interactive teaching with and without ICT in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Siyavula – science and mathematics textbooks for the South African curriculum
  • TESSA – Teacher Educators in Sub-Saharan Africa

Some examples of Sub-Saharan African Universities embracing OER:

 

  1. If you are from a non-African institution, what African topic would be of interest to you, your colleagues and/or your students?
  2. If you are from an African institution can you think of a topic/subject/course that has a distinctively African perspective and would be of interest to a global audience?
  3. Does it contain unique materials that could be shared under an open license?
  4. What would need to happen to do this?