In April 2012, the Kresge Foundation announced a new commitment to South African
higher education that builds on the foundation's efforts in the United States to
improve access and help students succeed academically.
The Kresge Foundation is a $3 billion foundation based in the United States which
works to expand opportunities in cities through grantmaking and investing in
arts and culture, education, environment, health and human services, and through
place-based efforts in the city of Detroit, where the foundation was founded in
1924. Kresge's education programme works to promote post-secondary access and
success for low-income, first-generation and under-represented students.
William F.L. Moses, who directs Kresge's education programme, says enhancing the
ability of South African universities to graduate the next generation of
knowledge workers will make it possible for the country to compete more
effectively in the global economy.
“The research shows that one of the ways we can contribute to systemic change is
to help improve data-driven planning and decision-making in the area of student
performance. This would enable institutions to propose and implement the kind of
reforms needed to improve access and graduation rates,” says Moses.
Saide, the South African Institute for Distance Education, is a non-governmental
organization based in Johannesburg but conducting projects throughout South
Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. Saide's task is to contribute to the development
of new models of open and distance education practice, that accord with and take
forward the values, principles, and goals of the evolving education systems in
the Southern African region. It has also paid particular attention to the
appropriate use of technology in education and most recently established a
Kenya-based initiative, OER Africa, to promote the development and sharing of
OER on the African continent.