Antigua and Barbuda

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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.


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.


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, Sports and Creative Industries (formerly Ministry of Education, Science and Technology)
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs
  • Antigua State College

Key Contacts

Focal Point

Dr Patricia J.A. Benn
Antigua State College

Notable Mention

Ms Peecheeta Spencer, COL Honorary Fellow

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