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Connecting with Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA)

The OLnet-TESSA Fellowship scheme is closed. The OLnet project is not currently recruiting any more Fellows.

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Strand Lead

Freda Wolfenden

What is it?

There were six special OLnet-TESSA Fellowships supported in partnership with the TESSA project, open to scholars and other educational professionals from Sub Saharan countries where TESSA already operates (Countries: Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia)


TESSA (Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa) brings together teachers and teacher educators from across Africa. It offers a range of materials (Open Educational Resources) in four languages to support school based teacher education and training.

TESSA is about wider dissemination of open resources for teaching, helping educators to use them effectively, and promoting culture change. At the heart of TESSA lies the introduction of student-centred approach and adaptation of educational materials to compensate for the shortcomings or a complete absence of technology. That shift in teaching culture is a key objective of the TESSA project whose advocates believe that it is possible to improve teaching practice. (Image: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License  by  H2O Alchemist )

OLnet-TESSA Fellows

OLnet-TESSA fellows were able to take advantage of a two-week visit at the Walton Hall campus of the Open University (OU) in Milton Keynes, in the United Kingdom, where they were provided with resources for research, networking and collaboration.  They were offered further support upon their return to their home institution while they conducted field research and wrote papers and reports.  In addition to providing fellows with support, the OLnet-TESSA connection afforded various opportunities for researching the use and reuse of OERs in real communities of practice.

An additional piece of research work was funded in Uganda without a visit to the UK as it offered such great value for money.

OLnet TESSA fellows included:

  • Ms Pritee Auckloo (Lecturer at Mauritius Institute of Education)
  • Mrs Juliana Bbuye (Lecturer at Makerere University, Uganda)
  • Miss Anuradha Gungadeen (Lecturer in Open & Distance Learning at Mauritius Institute of Education)
  • Doris Kaije, (Lecturer at Kyambogo University, Uganda - piece of work without visit to UK)
  • Prof Fred Keraro (Professor at Egerton University, Kenya)
  • Dr Dele Yaya (National Teachers Institute, Nigeria)

A report summarising the work of these fellowships is in the process of being written by Pauline Ngimwa.  For reference the guidelines for the scheme are still available on at and links to Pauline Ngimwa's earlier report are available at