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Teacher Education in Sub Saharan Africa program and site won a Queen’s Anniversary Award, announced back in november, but to be presented in Feb 2010.  From the press release:

The Open University (OU) has won a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) programme. The OU is one of 20 winners announced today at St James’s Palace in London (OU Press Release).

TESSA creates open content multimedia resources and course design guidance for teachers and teacher educators in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is Africa’s largest research and development community for teacher education and 200,000 teachers will use TESSA materials this year, increasing to 300,000 in 2010. There’s a YouTube video of some of the work the OU is doing in Africa.

Freda Wolfenden, director of TESSA, said:
“New communication technologies have enormous potential to address some of the educational challenges in Africa and TESSA is one of the pioneer projects”.

Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor of the OU, said:
“We are celebrating our 40th anniversary as an academic community dedicated to increasing access to higher education of the highest quality. This innovative and collaborative programme with its basis in research on new methods of delivery typifies our work and represents our unique mission. We lead the world in delivery of flexible learning. I am proud of the people who conceived and deliver the programme and of the benefits it offers to generations of students in Africa”.

TESSA is a consortium of 18 national and international organisations including 13 institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa and operates in nine countries – Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Major funding has come from The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (who also supported OpenLearn and now support its research activity with OLnet).

The award will be formally presented by the Queen in February 2010.’

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