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FundaOER – a new South African Open Educational Resources platform

FundaOER, a new South African Open Educational Resources (OER) platform, was launched during the 4th Symposium on Teacher Education for Inclusive Teaching during July 2019. The aim of Funda, meaning to learn in isiZulu, is to provide a repository of OERs to advance teaching and learning in Initial Teacher Education and Continuing Professional Development in the South African context. Articles, factsheets, videos and other types of materials, covering different themes and phases are freely available on the platform, and is open for use to everyone.

The platform has been designed to offer a wide collection of free and open resources to providers of both pre-service and in-service teachers. The materials can be used by educators for self-study and inspiration, and by in-service and pre-service providers as part of their training materials. When used, appropriate acknowledgements should however be given.

The Bambanani video series illustrate how teachers are teaching inclusively in South African classrooms. They focus on teaching numeracy and literacy in the Foundation and Intermediate phases and are available in English, with subtitles in Sesotho, isiZulu and isiXhosa. To support participation and learning by all learners, teachers featured in the clips differentiate their teaching methodologies, content and assessment strategies and classroom environment. To grow the platform, educators and service providers are encouraged to share relevant content.

FundaOER is a South African OER platform which was created by the Flemish Association for Development Cooperation and Technical Assistance (VVOB) South Africa, as part of the Teaching and Learning for Inclusive Education (TL4IE) project. The TL4IE project was funded by the European Union (EU), Belgium and Flanders. A consortium consisting of the VVOB, Inclusive Education South Africa (IESA), the North West University, the University of the Free State and the University of the Witwatersrand initiated the creation of the platform.

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