A digital platform of open education resources for students, teachers, school administrators, and parents, called “BELUGA”, was launched on 25 June 2020 by the UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office for West Africa (UNESCO MSRO Abuja), in collaboration with Ganndal Editions and the Association for the Promotion of African Open Educational Resources (APRELIA).
As one of the many concrete actions initiated by UNESCO MSRO Abuja to support the education systems in the region in effective response to COVID-19, BELUGA was initiated for the benefit of all school community actors, including students, parents, teachers, and school administers. It stores and presents a rich collection of African Open Educational Resources developed conjointly by Ganndal editions, an African based publishing company and a French based open educational resources network, tailored for the African educational and pedagogical needs. These endogenous resources are put at the service of the ongoing transformation of teaching-learning processes, with a view to enable effective, quality learning for all learners and equip schools with the possibility of sharing pedagogical and school development experiences that place the learning and professional co-development of all stakeholders at the heart of the school’s project.
Since its launch, BELUGA has received extensive attention and praises.