The Commonwealth of Learning’s (COL) work in Antigua and Barbuda is primarily in the areas of lifelong learning for farmers, technology-enabled learning and tertiary education, through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth.
Lifelong Learning for Farmers
COL’s Lifelong Learning for Farmers (L3F) empowers farming communities through the use of open and distance learning and flexible and blended learning. COL is working with the Agricultural Extension Division and the Support for Women and Youth in Agriculture Project (SWAP), a joint initiative of the Ministry of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development and the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs, to strengthen the agricultural sector and provide livelihoods for poor and vulnerable women and youth. Learn more about the L3F initiative.
COL’s Technology-Enabled Learning initiative aims to encourage more institutions to integrate technology-enabled learning and OER practices to improve teaching and learning for innovation and skills development. With support from COL, Antigua and Barbuda’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology developed a course on Entrepreneurship Theory at the Caribbean Advanced Professional Examination (CAPE) level. This was an outcome of The Open Textbook Forum, which focused on the development of OER policies and strengthening of open textbook initiatives in the Caribbean region. Learn more about the Technology-Enabled Learning initiative.
Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth
Antigua and Barbuda is a member of the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC). Initiated by and built on the support of Ministers of Education of developing small states of the Commonwealth, VUSSC supports the collaborative development and sharing of open educational resources (OER) to promote learning for sustainable development. Learn more about the VUSSC initiative.