M1: Limited Internet Access? Let’s Build our own Networks! Offline Teaching and Learning in Sub-Saharan Africa


  • Santiago Amaya, GIZ - Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (Society for International Cooperation), Germany
  • Marie France, GIZ - Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (Society for International Cooperation), Germany


The possibilities for Open Source Education are immense but many teachers and students do not have access to it because of poor connections and a lack of resources. The cost of Internet access is still too high for many people.

In many parts of Africa, there is still no real guarantee of quality education and the availability of primary, secondary and university level education is not assured. eLearning and new global partnerships, allowing access to high quality education, offer exciting opportunities but only if we can solve the problem of access.

The German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) is exploring new information and communication technologies, in order to improve teacher training in countries such as Mozambique and Malawi. Offline Internet, or rather ‘intranet,’ has the potential to be an enabler for improving education. Student teachers and lecturers could use Open Educational Resources (OER), sharing their knowledge within their institutions, boosting collaboration, increasing communication and giving access to “online” resources for teaching and learning. But how could it be done?

This workshop will discuss the challenge of limited access to the Internet and suggest some possible solutions. It will guide us in an “online-offline journey” towards building a resourceful, stable and sustainable intranet in educational institutions. With your participation, ideas and experiences, we will shape a model to tackle the lack of internet and give access to OER in educational institutions in sub-Saharan Africa.


09:30 – 09:45


09:45 – 10:30

Presentation of the GIZ Programmes and some participants

10:30 – 11:00

First discussion and questions round

11:00 – 11:30

Tea/Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:00

What is OER-Intranet? Examples from the field

12:00 – 12:45

Tackling the problem with OER - Discussion groups

12:45 – 13:30

Presentation of results, further discussion


Educational managers, international development institutions, experts in open education, teachers, teacher trainers.


Primary education, secondary education, teacher education, open education, open source.






Learning and exchange on the possibilities of using OER and offline resources in education for developing countries.


This event is free of charge for all conference participants.