Commonwealth of Learning – Institutional Support 2012 – 2015

Reporting Organization:COL - Commonwealth of Learning
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 7,800,000
Timeframe: June 25, 2012 - December 31, 2015
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

COL - Commonwealth of Learning

Participating Organizations


Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Fiji - $ 173,160.00 (2.22%)

Kiribati - $ 173,160.00 (2.22%)

Nauru - $ 173,160.00 (2.22%)

Papua New Guinea - $ 173,160.00 (2.22%)

Samoa - $ 173,160.00 (2.22%)

Solomon Islands - $ 173,160.00 (2.22%)

Tonga - $ 173,160.00 (2.22%)

Tuvalu - $ 173,160.00 (2.22%)

Vanuatu - $ 173,160.00 (2.22%)

Region - Total Budget Allocation

Sub-Saharan Africa - $ 2,906,280.00 (37.26%)

South America - $ 1,325,220.00 (16.99%)

Central America - $ 579,540.00 (7.43%)

North Africa - $ 391,560.00 (5.02%)

Southeast Asia - $ 346,320.00 (4.44%)

South Asia - $ 283,140.00 (3.63%)

East Asia - $ 251,160.00 (3.22%)

Central Asia - $ 157,560.00 (2.02%)

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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
Descriptors: Rural Youth
Total Direct Population: 756,486
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26 Institutions - Teacher Education
1 Trainings
12 Improved school curriculums
10 Countries offering VUSSC programmes
10 Institutions offering gender-inclusive OER based programmes
1 Informal skills and business training
17 newOER skills training courses
52 Health programmes produced and aired
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

Expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: More learners, particularly girls, have access to quality learning opportunities at the secondary level through the introduction and expansion of open schooling; More teacher education and training institutions use open and distance learning (ODL) methods to provide quality training and continuing professional development; Higher education institutions have ODL policies, systems, and materials in place to provide quality education to increased numbers of people, particularly women and marginalised communities; More Virtual University of Small States in the Commonwealth partner institutions collaboratively develop and deliver relevant courses through the use of appropriate open and distance learning methods, including eLearning strategies, as per the Transnational Qualifications Framework (TQF); Organisations and institutions increase equitable access to quality technical and vocational skills development through flexible and blended approaches, particularly for the informal sector; Marginalised rural communities negotiate and access development resources in a sustainable manner through the use of gender sensitive open and distance learning, and as a result of partnerships between government, civil society and the private sector; and More and better learning opportunities about community health and development are in use, particularly by women and youth in resource-poor communities.

Achieved Results

Results achieved by the Commonwealth of Learning through the support of the Government of Canada and other donors for the period 2012 – 2015 include: (1) 26 institutions in nine countries improve the quality of their teacher education through integration of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT); (2) a total of 5,486 teachers and teacher educators trained on various aspects of Open and Distance learning (ODL), including the development and use of OER; (3) 25 teacher education institutions in 9 countries in 3 regions enhanced the quality of their curricula through the development and use of new materials, including OER; (4) open schools in 12 countries have extended their reach with the diversification of the curriculum through the introduction of 18 Technical/Vocational Education (TVE) subjects; (5) ten countries offer Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) programmes that are registered on the Transnational Qualifications Framework (TQF), allowing for recognition of courses and programmes across borders; (6) ten institutions use gender-inclusive OER to offer 11 programmes and six are registered on the TQF; (7) TQF is referenced against CARICOM (Caribbean region), ASEAN (Asia region), EQF (Europe/Mediterranean) region, SADC (Southern African region) and Pacific (Pacific region) Qualifications Frameworks, covering 31 small states; (8) over 1,000 persons in Bangladesh started selling their products in the market following non-formal skills and business training; (9) 17 newOER skills training courses have been produced and used in all four Commonwealth regions; (10) more than 750,000 users listened to community development/health learning programmes, with research in India and Malawi showing changes to health-seeking behaviour; and (11) over 52 health programmes were produced and aired in multiple sites in ten countries in three Commonwealth regions.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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