The Hewlett Foundation supports the African Virtual University to manage the development and localization of free online teacher training resources for Sub-Saharan Africa.
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation will support the African Virtual University to manage a consortium effort to design and implement the Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan African (TESSA)program. The TESSA program will develop a resource bank of ‘open content’ teacher training resources in the basic curriculum areas including literacy, mathematics, science, and life and health skills. The school-based teacher education and training developed through TESSA will focus strongly on classroom activity, classroom competence, the development of teachers’ subject knowledge and appropriate understanding of the demand of primary and secondary curriculum. Hewlett will support the development and localization of materials focusing on mathematics and science for primary and secondary school teachers and implementation in six countries – Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia.
This project falls within the Open Educational Resources initiative of the Hewlett Foundation which works to increase access to knowledge through the use of high quality Open Educational Resources that are freely available for all peoples of the world. The web-based resources include content, software and implementation tools. All resources are available for use and re-use for the purposes of teaching, learning and research.
The Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan African project directly addresses the enormous challenge of educating and training the millions of teachers needed to achieve ‘Education for All’ a key goal of the Millennium Declaration.
While the teacher training content is targeted for Sub-Saharan Africa it is openly available on the web for all to use worldwide.
This project has been submitted to the Golden Book database.
WSIS action lines related to this activity: Theme 3. Access to information and knowledge
Theme 4. Capacity building
Theme 13. Digital Solidarity Agenda (PoA, Section D)
Related MDGs: MDG 2. Achieve Universal Primary Education
Ongoing: 2006 -
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Trust
African Virtual University
Open University of the UK
University of Fort Hare in South Africa
Tanzania Open University
Commonwealth of Learning