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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.


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.


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

Key Contacts

Board of Governors

Senator the Honourable Kay S. McConney
Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training

Focal Point

Dr Ramona Archer-Bradshaw
Chief Education Officer
Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training

Notable Mention

Dr Luz Marina Longsworth, COL Honorary Fellow

The late Sir Roy Marshall, member of COL’s Founding Board of Governors

Prof Hazel Simmons-McDonald, former Honorary COL Adviser

Dr Joel Warrican, former COL Chair (Open Campus Barbados, University of the West Indies)

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