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18 Jul 2008
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Teacher education update
We have been working with the TESSA consortium of fourteen African educational institutions and the Open University UK, to create audio materials for training primary school teachers as part of the open educational resources (OERs) on the TESSA website.

In addition, to raise awareness among a mass audience in Africa, we produced a special season of radio programmes broadcast on the BBC World Service which highlighted important issues around the role of teachers in Africa and how the supply and quality of teachers can be improved.
TESSA brings together teachers and teacher educators from across Africa to create, use and re-version a range of materials to support school based teacher education and training.
tessafrica.net provides quality resources for training Africa's primary school teachers, using online materials that can be accessed via the web.
These resources have been written and designed by staff from TESSA partner institutions across Africa to equip primary school teachers with teaching skills in the key areas of literacy, numeracy, science, life skills, social studies and the arts.
Audio training material
The BBC World Service Trust team in Nigeria created 30, three to four minute mini dramas.
These modelled scenarios which teachers might encounter during their working lives.
They are now a valuable audio resource for use in teacher training on the TESSA website.
The Nigeria team also collaborated with TESSA in producing a series of the popular radio drama, Story Story, highlighting the role of teachers in Africa.
In addition, a special Teachers in Africa website was created on the BBC Africa website, featuring stories and views from the programmes.
Further information regarding TESSA can be obtained from the Trust or the TESSA website: www.tessafrica.net
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Teacher training: improving primary education in Africa
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