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Communities of Practice: A Research Paper Prepared by OER Africa

OER Africa embarked on a research project to consider the potential of using the concept of Communities of Practice (CoPs) as a strategy to further development of open education resources (OERs) in Africa. The term Community of Practice was coined by Etienne Wenger, who presents a social theory of learning. Wenger regards learning as social participation, a process of being active participants in the practices of social communities and constructing identities in relation to these communities. The term CoP has been used in various ways, and usually refers to informal networks that support people to develop shared meaning and engage in knowledge building.
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Assessment of Knowledge Society Development in 16 African countries

The Global E-Schools and Communities Initiative (Gesci), in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) and other partners, developed an African Leaders in ICT (ALICT) capacity-building programme. The first phase of the programme ran from 2012-2013, focusing on leadership capacitybuilding in twelve countries (Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia).

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OER Africa

OER Africa is an initiative of Saide, established in 2008 with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, to collaborate with higher education institutions in Africa in the development and use of Open Educational Resources (OER), to enhance teaching and learning.
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Anzisha Prize

NBA is contracted to the Anzisha Prize programme of the African Leadership Academy (ALA) to run their monitoring and evaluation processes and to conduct ad hoc research on specific issues as identified by Anzisha (2018-2020). The Anzisha Prize is a partnership between ALA and Mastercard Foundation. It runs a series of programmes and events and provide on-going support to build entrepreneurial activity of young people in Africa aged 15 to 22 years.

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Researching Policy Strategies to Support Implementation of the UNESCO OER Recommendation

NBA aims to contribute to improving education in developing-world contexts by advancing open, sustainable, and cost-effective solutions to educational challenges. With this grant, NBA will lead research to deepen knowledge on the most effective strategies to create government policy and regulatory environments that support effective implementation of the recently approved UNESCO OER Recommendation, working in partnership with UNESCO’s Dynamic Coalition, UNESCO’s regional offices in Africa, and other key African partners.

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