Winners of the Google Impact Challenge of South Africa Announced

Saide’s African Storybook Initiative is one of twelve finalists in the Google Impact Challenge South Africa. Through public voting, four winners will be selected from the twelve finalists and will be awarded $250,000 which will be used to develop an app to make it easier  to create and upload storybooks where connectivity is a challenge.

African Storybook was launched in 2015 to ensure that there are enough stories in local languages and reflecting local contexts for African children to learn to read fluently, and to learn to enjoy reading. The goal of the African Storybook is to improvement of the tragically low levels of literacy found in many countries on the continent.  

Saide’s African Storybook Initiative uses a digital open licence publishing model to provide  stories in a growing number of languages. In just of over two years, over 400 stories with nearly 2,000 translations in over 60 languages have been generated and published, and the site grows each month.  

The storybook creation tool available on the African Storybook website, has resulted in over 5,000 openly licensed picture storybooks in more than 160 African languages. By the end of 2017, African Storybook has reached 43,820 educators and 940,226 children. And in 2018, over 80,000 storybooks have been downloaded per month and presumably read!

Saide’s African Storybook Initiative is an excellent example of how the use of openly licensed content can respond to a challenge which has faced African reading levels for decades. Please take a moment to VOTE for African Storybook Initiative before 25 November!  


MoodleMoot U.S. 2018

Live from MoodleMoot in Denver, Colorado, Paul provides an update on the MoodleMoot United States conference as well as his presentation, Why Open Matters?

Open Education Policy Forum 2018

Presenting at the Open Education Policy Forum in Warsaw, Poland, Paul provides an update on the Forum meetings. Day 1 focused on the Cape Town Open Education Declaration and hearing from various groups benefiting from open education from researchers to children. Representing OEC, Paul and Igor presented, The Link Between Policy and Sustainability. Day 2 […]

OpenEd 2018

Executive Director, Paul Stacey provides a video UPDATE from OpenEd 2018.  The update includes links to two publications released and the OEC presentation. Made With CC Summary Table: 24 Case Studies Commons Strategy for Successful and Sustainable Open Education OEC: 10 Years in the Past and 10 Years Forward

OEC Announces the Open Education Global Conference 2019

The Open Education Consortium (OEC) is pleased to announce that Politecnico di Milano will be the host for the Open Education Global Conference to be held 26 – 28 November 2019.   The theme, Open Education for an Open Future, aims to emphasize opportunities offered by Open Education as a means to empowerment and to […]