Launched in 2005, in direct response to requests from teacher education institutions across the region, TESSA (Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa) is transforming the education of primary and secondary school teachers across Sub-Saharan Africa.
We are incredibly proud of our achievements. Since launch, TESSA materials have been used to reach over 430,000 teachers, the programme has received over £4m in funding and we have won numerous awards including a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in 2009 and a WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) Award in 2011.
At its core, TESSA is a resource bank of teacher education materials, authored by African authors and drawing on the OU's teaching expertise, used by teacher education institutions to enhance the training of teachers both pre-service and those already in the classroom. The TESSA materials are available online and offline, in digital and printed formats and in multiple languages, are sensitive to the cultural diversity of the region and freely available for teachers to use, adapt and share.
TESSA would not exist without the growing network of Sub-Saharan academic institutions, global consultative and strategic partners, and governments (both African and UK) driving the programme. For full details, and to access the TESSA materials themselves, please click here.
Click here to find out more about TESSA’s sister programme, TESS-India, which launches in 2012.