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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.


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.


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

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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