Distance Education Association of Southern Africa (DEASA) Conference 2017
Theme: The Role of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in Education for Sustainable Development
DEASA is a vibrant organization that strives to become the regional powerhouse in Open and Distance Learning (ODL). Its major goal is to enable members to share information, collaborate in obtaining and developing quality distance education courses in identified areas, and organize relevant professional development activities.
The mission of DEASA is to promote ODL quality delivery and its sustainable deployment in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region through the formulation of policies and frameworks to guide practice. The number of Open and Distance Learning institutions joining DEASA from both public and private has been steadily increasing.
The dimensions of policy formulation, capacity building, quality assurance, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), furtherance of human rights, entrepreneurial skills development and alignment to key sustainable development goals have been identified as the lens of the 2017 conference deliberations.