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Chapter 2 - A Profile of Higher Education in the Region

The role of higher education as an enabler of development has gained increasing prominence, particularly in the context of the knowledge society and the growing importance of learning, information and technology in economic performance. In order to reach the goals of the SADC Protocol and to release the potential of higher education in the region, decision-makers require current, relevant, accurate and comparable information on the state of higher education.

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Communication Skills Textbook

This textbook has been designed to support students who are studying Communication during the first semester of the first year. This textbook has been created by lecturers from the University of Malawi - Bunda College of Agriculture. The intention of the Communication Skills course and this textbook is to provide students new to tertiary education, with the prerequisite language skills required to excel in the higher education environment.



Below are multiple language, multimedia tutorials, designed to train UNESCO ICT CFT users in how to use the framework and access and search for openly licenced materials on the UNESCO ICT CFT hub, to support educators acquire the ICT CFT skills.


The Use of Open Education Resources at the University of Malawi (UNIMA)

UNIMA finds itself in a situation where very few students have access to the approved textbooks and readings, nullifying the prescribed book lists. Resources in the reserve section of the college libraries are in great demand, and popular books undergo rebinding many times in their life cycle.

It is against this background that UNIMA embarked on a strategy to exploit Open Education Resources (OER). 

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William & Flora Hewlett Foundation/Commonwealth of Learning Open Education Resources for Open Schools: Final Evaluation: Main Report

The report provides an analysis of the project’s overall achievement in terms of the main objectives of the study. For the COL project team, the report provides an analysis of the project activities, achievement of high quality, relevant and effective materials and an analysis of the potential for increased quality of education in countries where OERs are used and where teachers’ professional capacity was extended to the use of technology.


Using UNESCO’s ICT Competency Framework for Teachers in Guyana

The ICT CFT intends to inform educational policy makers, teachereducators, providers of professional learning and working teachers on the role of ICT in educational reform, as well as to assist countries in developing national ICT competency standards for teachers with an ICT in Education Master Plan approach.