What does TESSA do?

TESSA's large bank of materials is available to enhance and improve the quality of and access to local school based education and training for teachers. These materials (including audio and other media) are Open Educational Resources (OERs), have been produced in partnetship with local African educational experts and are modular in format. They are free to everyone to use and adapt.

The TESSA study units for teachers have been adapted to ten country contexts and are available in four different languages on the TESSA website: Arabic, English, French and Kiswahili.  In addition, these materials are also available in generic versions in English and French, so are applicable for you wherever you are in sub-Saharan Africa.

All TESSA study units contain a series of activities that participating teachers can carry out in their classrooms. Guidance handbooks have been created for teacher educators to help integrate and make effective use of study units in their courses.

TESSA materials can be used by any teacher or teacher educator.  They are often integrated into pre-service teacher training programmes or to enhance and strengthen them.  They are also used independently by practising teachers to help develop an individual teacher’s professional skills.  Teachers also draw on the classroom materials and activities to enliven their lessons.

All the materials can be accessed through this website in a variety of different formats and languages. OERs are available for all under a Creative Commons Licence unless otherwise indicated.

What do people say about TESSA?

‘The TESSA website … one of Africa’s most extensive multilingual websites for open education resources’

Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, Executive Chair, TESSA and former Vice Chancellor, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana

‘Perhaps the most successful of all OER projects we have heard about.’

Sir John Daniel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth of Learning

‘The TESSA materials are easily located in the environment around us without having to travel long distances at high cost.’

Teacher, Tanzania

Who are the TESSA partners?

The founding partners of TESSA produced the core TESSA materials that you will find on this website:

TESSA now works with a variety of institutions and individuals across sub saharan Africa and is constantly evolving and expanding. Please contact us if you would like more information on known TESSA users in your country.


TESSA has won a range of awards over its 10 year existence including:

Queen’s Anniversary Prize for higher education

WISE award at the World Innovation Summit for Education


View the full list of acknowledgements