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Belize is a small state of the Commonwealth with a population of about 405,000. It is the only Commonwealth state that lies within Central America. Much of the country’s natural environment is unspoilt, and there is a strong emphasis on environmental education (World Bank, 2022).

COL’s work in Belize is primarily in the areas of higher education through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) network, open schooling, skills for work, gender and technology-enabled learning. Learners from Belize are also participating in COL’s free, open online courses and benefitting from other available resources.


  • 200 boys received ‘life skills training’


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
  • Ministry of Youth, Sports and Transport (MYST)
  • University of Belize

Key Contacts

Focal Point

Dr Yvonne Palma
Tertiary and Post Secondary Education Services
Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology

Notable Mention

Professor Clement Sankat, COL Honorary Fellow and former member of COL Board of Governors

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