The OU has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Save the Children International, the world’s leading independent organisation for children. Working in almost 120 countries, its programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights reach 100 million children.
Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor of The Open University said: “Save the Children International is a trusted local presence in the regions in which we’re already engaged in teacher and health education for professionals. We believe that this is the logical next step in enabling The Open University to extend the reach of our international development programmes in a sustainable way. Taken together with their international role as an advocate and policy-shaper, it creates a relationship that can only further enhance the success of our existing programmes.
“The formalisation of a partnership with Save the Children International is a clear and exciting signal of our growing presence and reputation within the international development sector.”
Janti Soeripto, Deputy CEO of Save the Children International said: “We are excited to have the opportunity to work together with The Open University. We see a lot of complementary competencies across our organisations and a shared desire to have more impact for children. We are looking forward to tapping into the knowledge and expertise of the OU in the area of distance learning and using new technologies to scale up programs as well as sharing best practice in the area of knowledge management.”
The Open University has been committed to international development for over twenty years and is globally recognised for its teaching and pioneering research within the sector, and for driving innovation. Uniquely, the OU also helps deliver development programmes in partnership with governments, NGOs, funding institutions and local partners. Our programmes across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia address areas such as frontline health, teacher education and English language teaching.
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HEAT is an accelerated and scalable Healthcare Education and Training programme for frontline healthcare workers, providing them with vital healthcare skills and enabling them to stay living and working in their communities while learning. The programme launched in Ethiopia in 2011, with £4m UNICEF funding and in close partnership with the Ethiopian Government, the World Health Organisation and AMREF. Discussions are now underway to replicate the model across sub-Saharan Africa, helping the region reach and train the 1 million additional health workers needed to reach its Millennium Development Goals.
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