Belize is a small state of the Commonwealth with a population of about 360,000. Much of the country’s natural environment is unspoilt, and there is strong emphasis on environmental education.  

School-age Population by Education Level1

47,046

 

38,225

Secondary

 

Tertiary

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending 2019
1

87%

 

86%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Tertiary Education
for the school year ending 2019
1

31%

 

19%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Percentage of female teachers in 1

62.9%

 

51.6%

Secondary (2018)

 

Tertiary (2017)

 

 

1. UNESCO Institute for Statistics Data Centre, retrieved in March 2020

 

Literacy rate (2012)1

n/a

 

n/a

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Female

 

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Male

 

 

Economic Activity (2014)1

47%

 

81%

Adult (15+) economic activity
Female

 

Adult (15+) economic activity
Male

 

 

Political Decision Making (2014)1

3%

Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament

 

 

Life expectancy (2012)1

78

 

72

Female

 

Male

 

 

1. COL gender country profile April 2015 

 

5.4 85.5
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
6.4 38
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
36.7 47.1
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 Belize is primarily in the areas of higher education through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth, open/innovative schooling, gender, OER, technical and vocational skills development, and technology-enabled learning (TEL). Learners from Belize 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 Belize include:

  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology (formerly Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture)
  • University of Belize