Commonwealth of Learning – Institutional Support 2011-12

Reporting Organization:COL - Commonwealth of Learning
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 2,600,000
Timeframe: March 26, 2010 - December 31, 2012
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

COL - Commonwealth of Learning

Participating Organizations


Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Region - Total Budget Allocation

Developing countries, unspecified - $ 2,600,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Education (80.00 %)

Food Security & Agriculture (10.00 %)

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Health Promotion & Education (10.00 %)

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This grant represents Canada’s institutional support to the Commonwealth of Learning (COL). COL uses these funds, along with other donor funding, to achieve its mandate. COL’s mandate is to help governments and institutions expand the scope, scale and quality of learning by using new approaches and technologies for open and distance learning. COL applies open and distance learning to programs in grade schooling, teacher education, higher education, skills development, farming and the development of healthy communities. Canada’s support to COL contributes to finding durable solutions to education challenges and improving the quality of learning in developing countries across the Commonwealth.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men Children, girls Children, boys
Descriptors: Other
Total Direct Population: 817,204
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12 Open Schools attended by girls and boys
1 Teacher trainings
7 Education training via open and distance learning
2 Learning opportunities
14 Institutions with improved educational resources
150 Radio stations established in India and Bangladesh
1 Commonwealth Master Programme
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

Achieved Results

Results achieved by the Commonwealth of Learning, through the support of CIDA and other donors in 2011 include: 300,000 girls and boys in 10 countries attended 12 open schools; more than 350,000 teachers and teacher educators were trained across the Commonwealth; increased access to quality Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) through open and distance learning in seven institutions in three African countries; 50,000 women and men learn daily through mobile phones in Asia and Africa; 8,000 active learners and an estimated 100,000 listeners in 10 countries have new opportunities to learn about Mother and Child Health, HIV/AIDS, non-communicable diseases and environmental health; eight institutions in three regions are using open education resources (OER) for their curricula; 150 Community Radio stations were established in India and Bangladesh; six institutions in six countries are offering courses of the Virtual University of Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC); the Commonwealth Executive Master in Business Administration/Master in Public Administration programme reached 9,204 learners in nine countries.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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