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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.


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.


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

Key Contacts

Focal Point

Mst. Rokhsana Begum
Deputy Secretary
Secondary and Higher Education Division
Ministry of Education


Notable Mention

Professor M. Aminul Islam, COL Honorary Fellow

Professor Dr Abdul Mannan, former Honorary COL Adviser

The Honourable Nurul Islam Nahid, MP, former member of COL Board of Governors

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