The OU’s vision is to reach people with life-changing learning that meets their needs and enriches society, focusing on those people and places where there is the greatest need. We will do this during COVID-19 and beyond, guided by our enduring values of inclusivity, innovation and responsiveness.
The Open University
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Established : 1969
Education and COVID-19 Response
EIA Bangladesh - working with Government of Bangladesh at national scale (over 50,000 teachers & 7M learners) improving student learning outcomes in English using offline mobile learning on teachers phones.
Our series of MOOCs through TESSA and TESS-India reaching 60,000+ teachers and teacher educators across Sub-Saharan Africa and India.
Research pieces, such as: Quality Teaching and the Capability Approach. Evaluating the work and governance of women teachers in rural Sub-Saharan Africa.
COVID-19 response - CHILD (Community Help for Inclusive Learning and Development) research, exploring how marginalised rural communities can support children’s daily learning - lo-tech/no-tech response by Improving Gender Attitudes, Transition and Education Outcomes programme - World Vision, Care and OU partnership in Zimbabwe.
COVID-19 response - mobilising the TESSA network, through the African Council for Distance Education, to reach 1,700 participants from 11 countries on two free facilitated OU courses -Take you teaching online and making teacher education relevant for 21st Century Africa.
Countries of Interest
Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe
Throughout its 51-year history, the OU has supported students from the widest range of backgrounds to develop their skills and further their life choices through quality supported open and distance learning. For 20+ years, we have shared our expertise and learning through a range of international partnerships with governments, universities and NGOs to extend educational opportunity globally, supporting millions of teachers, educators and learners in challenging low resourced environments. Our pedagogy situates teachers’ and educators’ professional learning within their practice, overlaying the contexts and processes of teacher learning with those of student learning to, improve learning outcomes for students. We collaborate with all who have a stake in change to create local support networks and conducive environments for learning, drawing on high-quality learning activities, materials and relevant platforms. With Coalition members, we commit to sharing our learning on working at scale in communities and schools, reaching the unreachable, harnessing lo-tech/no-tech solutions during COVID-19 and beyond. We commit to generating evidence into emerging practices and initiatives that lead the thinking and actions of policy-makers, practitioners and communities for a more resilient future for children. We will make available our academic and research expertise in reshaping this education future.