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TESSA (Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa) is an international research and development initiative which brings together teachers and teacher educators from across sub-Saharan Africa. It offers a range of materials (Open Educational Resources) in four languages to support school based teacher education and training. For an overview of TESSA and our current developments, please see the website.

Research themes

TESSA provides a unique forum for comparative analysis of teacher education across countries and traditions as well as for analysis of collaborative OER development and use. Research themes include:

Theme 1: The collaborative creation and adaptation of OERs for teacher development
Theme 2: Engagement with OERs in teacher education
Theme 3: The personal and professional contexts of Sub-Saharan African teachers' lives 


TESSA produced OERs in collaboration with over 100 African academics and 1000 African teachers. An independent evaluation report in October 2012 noted 300,000 teachers were enrolled in programmes using TESSA OERs, and by July 2013 it is estimated that 500,000 are using them. To find out more about the impact of TESSA OERs read the evaluation report.