Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA)

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Teacher Education in Sub
-
Saharan Africa (TESSA)
Programme: Open Content, Partnerships and New
Technologies


Anne Roberts

Teacher Education in Sub
-
Saharan Africa (TESSA) Programme

The Open University UK

Stuart Hall Building, Level 3

Walton Hall

Milton Keynes

MK7 6 AA

Tel: + 44 (0)1908 653742

E
-
mail: a.roberts@open.ac.uk

http://www.tessaprogramme.org/index.shtml

Presentation to the FILTER Network

Amsterdam

February 10
th

2006

Implications of trends for Teacher Education





United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal: Universal
Primary Education (UPE) by 2015




Volume



Flexibility



Quality

Challenges in Africa




42 million primary age children without schooling



63

million secondary age children without schooling



Teacher expansion 1990

2000 needed at 5.6%. Actual

figure 3.4% (UNESCO)



One teacher lost every two hours


(Education Labour Relations Council Report: South Africa)


Lesotho


Accessibility to training




I
nstitutions training vs school based

training



Training for both unqualified and under

qualified teachers



Need for flexible training, adapted to

context




Access to new technologies for educational

development



THE ECONOMIST TO GO IN HERE

Digital Education Enhancement Project
(DEEP)

Teachers in primary schools in Egypt and South Africa using
mobile digital devices (laptops, mobile phones) to improve the
teaching of literacy, numeracy and science.

Content developed to match the local culture, environment,
language and community in remote and disadvantage
communities.

Challenges conventional views of ICT provision in schools,
enables quality training, new ways of teaching, better
motivation of pupils, improved teacher confidence and new
ways of communicating.

http://www.open.ac.uk/deep/

Context

The TESSA Programme


2005


2015


Aims:



to provide multi
-
media resources and advisory structures to
support the provision, reform and improvement of teacher
education across Sub
-
Saharan Africa



specifically to raise the number and quality of teachers by
improving classroom practice


In particular, TESSA is:


a partnership programme




-

African Virtual University key partner


-

Working with African and international organisations


-

Going to scale (NTI Nigeria, OU Sudan)



planned to support
locally based

needs and users


a
flexible resource

directly aimed at local school based
and supported education and training programmes


modular, focussed on classroom practice in the key areas
of literacy, numeracy, primary science and life and health
skills


designed for
versioning

to diverse cultures and linguistic
communities


using both traditional materials and ‘state of the art’
information and communication technologies (ICT’s)


providing on
-
line and print guidance to those training the
teachers


using local media in form of radio programmes to promote
access to teacher/school issues



Open Content




web, text, audio




free to users




can be customised to: local language, cultural

settings, national needs and local contexts



primary phase


authored ‘rights light’



secondary phase



adapted ‘rights rich’




Moodle, open content management system



TESSA Reach



Ghana


Kenya


Nigeria


Rwanda


South Africa


Sudan


Tanzania


Uganda


Zambia











TESSA Reach




Ghana



Kenya



Nigeria



Rwanda



South Africa



Sudan



Tanzania



Uganda



Zambia