21 Oct 2014

Old OU course books to get new lease of life in Kenya

Students in Kenya

Students in Kenya

Course books from The Open University (OU) have been donated to an educational sponsorship charity in Kenya, giving old course books a new use for the local communities.

The Openings course books and DVDs, which have now been replaced by Access module materials, will be going to Kenya to be used by schoolchildren in both school and library settings.

The donation was made via an OU staff connection to Out Of Afrika, a small charity set up in 1996 working at grass roots level with local communities in Kenya. The charity has developed, designed and built an academic and vocational skills training centre called ICT College to equip young people with the skills to find employment. Courses include IT and Maths, Business, Community Development, Engineering as well as Disaster Management and First Aid.

Out of Afrika charity in the UK is run by Desmond Nganga and Kerry Lewis, who said: “Out of Afrika really appreciates the donation of the books from The Open University which will be used by students at the ICT College in Kenya. We are pleased to receive these good quality educational resources at the college which will allow the students to use the books as additional reading for their courses and allow them to broaden their knowledge.”

The Openings books and DVDs donated by the OU will be available to all students at the ICT College library. They will be a valuable source of additional information for the current courses held at the college and provide interesting leisure reading for students who want an introduction to other subjects that the OU Openings books offer. Out of Afrika also hope to be able to distribute some of the books and DVDs to partner schools in the area, benefitting the wider community.

Openings Courses were replaced at the OU with Access Courses, which are available to anyone living in the UK, providing an entry route into OU study. The OU has committed £3 million to support up to 5,000 places for qualifying students to take up a place.

Find out more about the Access courses


Notes to Editors

About Out of Afrika
Out of Afrika has a sponsorship program that provides education sponsorship. From the three children that the charity supported in 1996 the organization today is sponsoring 250 children. Out of Afrika believes that education is a fundamental children’s right and should not depend on the economic capacity of their parents. The charity grew out of a need to respond to the desperate plight of orphaned and disadvantaged children who live without basic amenities and can’t afford an education. Through the provision of education Out of Afrika works to improve children and their community’s self-sufficiency and long-term sustainability. Out of Afrika’s child sponsorship program unites children in need with individual sponsors who wish to address the children’s immediate, basic and educational needs.

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