OER Africa is an innovative initiative established by the South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide – www.saide.org.za). OER Africa plays a leading role in driving the development and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) across all education sectors in Africa. Founded in 1992, Saide anticipated how distance education methods could help to resolve the huge educational challenges facing post-Apartheid South Africa. This included redressing the inequalities of the past; vastly increasing access and quality; and in developing an education system where education is no longer seen as a once off preparation for life, but rather as a lifelong process to meet ever-changing demands.
OER Africa’s mission is to establish dynamic networks of African OER practitioners by connecting like-minded educators – teachers, academics, and trainers –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 will help African educators and students to harness the power of OER. In turn, they can develop their capacity and join emerging global OER networks as active participants rather than passive consumers. [www.oerafrica.org]