Africa has a proud history of retaining memory, knowledge and wisdom. It is therefore fitting that, in the modern era, this great continent continues the tradition of preserving repositories of history, recorded and otherwise. And even more so, ensure that the knowledge thus preserved is Africa’s own, as told by Africans. A significant initiative in this regard is the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library (TMPL), a truly African centre of excellence in learning, research and discourse for the transformation of Africa. In finding a home for the TMPL, the Thabo Mbeki Foundation sought to identify an entity that shares its passion for driving advances towards the resurgence and development of Africa. An ideal match was found in the University of South Africa (Unisa) with its stated aim of being the African university in the service of humanity
Edu TalkSA is the University of South Africa's online education talk show in partnership with News24. The objective of Edu Talk is to create multimedia educational content for users in education and give insights about variety of disciplines in teacher education and educational studies. Edu Talk will have video interviews with lecturers from Unisa's College of Education and interrogate the various topics that teachers face in the 21st century.
Over the last five years, Unisa has committed to making sense of the new opportunities and challenges presented by OER. Having lived through many changes to the shape of education, Unisa is no stranger to new forms of thought and we have not simply followed the OER momentum. Rather, as a community we have shown our intent to help sculpt the conversation around OER and to be a vibrant African voice in this process. We have engaged in research to explore some of the questions around OER and made efforts to create tangible opportunities for educators and scholars to benefit from OER.