Barbados is a small state of the Commonwealth and the most eastern of the Caribbean islands, with a population of about 280,000. Barbados ranks high among Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) countries in terms of social and economic indicators.

School-age Population by Education Level1

18,617

 

18,979

Secondary

 

Tertiary

 

 

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

105%

 

101%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Tertiary Education
for the school year ending 20111

91%

 

40%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Percentage of female teachers in 1

66.0%

 

n/a

Secondary (2018)

 

Tertiary (2007)

 

 

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

 

Literacy rate (2012)1

n/a

 

n/a

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Female

 

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Male

 

 

Economic Activity (2010)1

67%

 

79%

Adult (15+) economic activity
Female

 

Adult (15+) economic activity
Male

 

 

Political Decision Making (2014)1

10%

Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament

 

 

Life expectancy (2012)1

81

 

75

Female

 

Male

 

 

1. COL gender country profile April 2015 

 

44.4 122.6
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
34.1 44.2
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
72.5 81.8
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 Barbados is primarily in the areas of higher education through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth, as well as teacher education, technical and vocational skills development, OER, technology-enabled learning, and ICT policy development. Learners from Barbados have 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 Barbados include:

  • Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training (formerly Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation)
  • Ministry of Labour and Social Partnership Relations
  • TVET Council Barbados
  • The University of the West Indies Open Campus