Bangladesh has a largely rural population of about 160 million. COL has worked with Bangladesh on numerous projects aimed at advancing open and distance learning in the country. 

School-age Population by Education Level1

21,652,947

 

15,319,858

Secondary

 

Tertiary

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending 20191

78%

 

67%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Tertiary Education
for the school year ending 20191

20%

 

28%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Percentage of female teachers in 1

22.4%

 

24.2%

Secondary (2018)

 

Tertiary (2018)

 

 

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

 

Literacy rate (2012)1

55%

 

62.5%

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Female

 

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Male

 

 

Economic Activity (2010)1

58%

 

64%

Adult (15+) economic activity
Female

 

Adult (15+) economic activity
Male

 

 

Political Decision Making (2014)1

20%

Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament

 

 

Life expectancy (2012)1

69

 

71

Female

 

Male

 

 

1. COL gender country profile April 2015 

 

0.4 97.3
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
6.3 37.6
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
2.7 15
Households with a computer (%)1 Individuals using the internet (%)1

 

 

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

 

Highlights

COL’s current work in Bangladesh is primarily in the areas of girls’ and women’s education and training, higher education, open and innovative schooling, OER policy development, technology-enabled learning, and technical and vocational skills development. Bangladesh benefits from programmes under the aegis of the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), and learners 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 Bangladesh include: 

  • Ministry of Education
  • Access to Information (a2i) Programme
  • Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology
  • Bangladesh Open University
  • Better Future for Women
  • Centre for Mass Education in Science
  • Dhaka Ahsania Mission
  • Rupantar
  • Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha