The Open University

A major contribution to primary teacher education in Africa through a large-scale open learning programme (TESSA)


Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) is a pioneering initiative to train primary teachers in 13 African countries. Spearheaded by The Open University, working alongside African academics, TESSA’s web-based learning environment offers open learning resources that can be freely adapted according to local needs. Around 210,000 teachers were working with TESSA materials in 2009; this is estimated to double over the next two years and TESSA’s approach has also been extended to the health sector.