For two years, colleagues from these institutions worked together to develop a bank of resources to support student learning and teacher learning. Resources were developed in English and translated into French Kiswahili and Arabic. Colleagues formed local teams and versioned the resources for use in their own country. The La Direction des Formations à Lomé in Togo also joined the consortium. By 2010 the TESSA website was fully operational with ten different versions of the resources, published as OER. Materials were also made available in print and on CDs, as required.
TESSA founding partners
The institutions involved in founding the TESSA consortium were:
The International organisations were:
In the early years the consortium met for an annual conference. In 2010 TESSA was reconceptualised as a network, welcoming new partners and new users, as organisations take ownership of TESSA OER to support their work. We take the opportunity to meet at key events concerned with teacher education in Africa, for example the Distance Education for Teachers in Africa Conference (DETA). In 2015, there were 25 presentations about or related to TESSA (link to report) at DETA in Mauritius.
From 2010 a series of individually funded projects have worked on:
As a result, TESSA partners are working at every level in education systems across sub-Saharan Africa, on small-scale projects (involving individual schools) and large scale projects (involving national providers of teacher education).
Current TESSA strategy
As we move into TESSA’s second decade, funding from the Ferguson Foundation (2016 –19), is being used to ensure the sustainability of TESSA through strengthening the network, involving new partners, and enabling institutions and Governments to take ownership of the OER and the ideas they contain. There are four strategic objectives for the next three years:
A programme of activities (including monitoring and evaluation) has been developed to meet these objectives. Our progress can be followed via the TESSA newsletters.