Felicia, a teacher who uses the TESSA programme, with her pupils in Ghana

Creating an education revolution

Millicent, a teacher who uses the TESSA programme, with her pupils in Ghana
TESSA enables teachers like Millicent to give pupils a better start in life

You never forget a great teacher. But to ignite young minds, every teacher needs the right tools. When you live in one of the world’s most remote regions where even pens are hard to find, teacher training can seem completely out of reach. 

That’s why The Open University’s ‘Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa’ (TESSA) programme is providing free training materials to teachers in ten countries, many working without qualifications. From lesson plans to role-play exercises, our resources help them to develop their own skills so that they can give their pupils the best possible education.

TESSA already provides hundreds of thousands of teachers and pupils across Africa with the means to change their lives. We can’t stop now. In sub-Saharan Africa, 30 million children are still denied an education, but with your help we can expand into new languages and reach an entire generation.

Changing lives through education and more

Our research and education projects bring immeasurable benefits to so many lives, and we rely on the generosity of our donors for all of them. We’re already making a difference worldwide – but we have the potential to do even more. Each of our projects falls into one of four strands; opening up minds, opportunities, thinking and lives. 

Opportunities
Harnessing the full potential of our disabled veterans
Five members of the RAF
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Lives
Join a movement of millions
Females studying at desk
126
Opportunities
Scholarships that defy expectations
Open University graduate celebrating her achievement with arms in the air
90
Opportunities
Rewriting the future, blink by blink
Open University graduate with a disability receiving his degree
85
Thinking
Sniffing out cancer
Cancer detection dog with white stripe on face looking into camera
96
Minds
Leading a new learning revolution
Looking at the OpenLearn website on a tablet
98
Thinking
A helping paw
Dog in training session
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Opportunities
Helping offenders prepare for life after prison
Female student with study book
87
Lives
Bringing lessons to life across India
Pupils in classroom in India
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Thinking
Helping stroke survivors walk tall
Prototype haptic bracelet
94
Minds
Sharing 50 years of education
Professor Wilson tutoring with The Open University
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Lives
Sharing life-saving skills in developing countries
Smiling mother carrying baby in Africa
92
Opportunities
Using more minds to make discoveries in STEM
Female science researcher with lab equipment at The Open University
93
Lives
Creating an education revolution
Felicia, a teacher who uses the TESSA programme, with her pupils in Ghana
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Minds
Building a fairer justice system
Model of human brain
88
Thinking
Helping people with dementia stay independent
Retail worker advising older customer
97
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