Antigua & Barbuda is a small state of the Commonwealth with a population of around 90,000. Literacy rates and enrolment in primary and secondary education are high. Antigua & Barbuda is an active participant in COL’s regional activities and meetings in the Caribbean, and is a member of the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth. 

School-age Population by Education Level1

6,970

 

7,510

Secondary

 

Tertiary

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending 20181

109%

 

113%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Tertiary Education
for the school year ending 20121

34%

 

15%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Percentage of female teachers in 1

73.1%

 

54.3%

Secondary (2018)

 

Tertiary (2012)

 

 

1. UNESCO Institute for Statistics Data Centre, retrieved in June 2021

 

Literacy rate (2012)1

99.4%

 

98.4%

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Female

 

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Male

 

 

Economic Activity (2014)1

n/a

 

n/a

Adult (15+) economic activity
Female

 

Adult (15+) economic activity
Male

 

 

Political Decision Making (2013)1

11%

Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament

 

 

Life expectancy (2012)1

77

 

73

Female

 

Male

 

 

1. COL gender country profile June 2017 

 

25.2 192.8
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
9.4 50.3
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
62.4 76
Households with a computer (%)1 Individuals using the internet (%)1

 

 

1. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ICT Eye Country profile, retrieved in March 2020

Highlights

Current work in Antigua and Barbuda is primarily in the areas of higher education through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth, Lifelong Learning for Farmers, technology-enabled learning, and technical and vocational skills development. Learners from Antigua and Barbuda have also benefited from COL’s open online courses and other resources.

Partners

Partnerships are fundamental to COL’s work. Strategic partnerships allow COL to broaden its reach and engage at global, regional and national levels, while implementation partners support COL’s work in communities and institutions across Commonwealth Member States. Partners include multilateral organisations, regional bodies, national governments, government agencies, foundations, civil society organisations, public and private (not-for-profit) institutions and the private sector. COL partnerships assist in improving and extending teaching and learning services to people in the developing Commonwealth.

COL's partners in Antigua and Barbuda include: 

  • Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs
  • Antigua State College