Botswana is a nation in Southern Africa with a population of more than 2 million people. It hosts the Southern African Development Community – Centre for Distance Education (SADC-CDE), which is supported by the Ministry of Education and hosted by the Botswana Open University (BOU), formerly Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (BOCODOL)). 

 

School-age Population by Education Level1

229,743

 

198,890

Secondary

 

Tertiary

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending 20081

84%

 

76%

Female

 

Male

 

 

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

30%

 

20%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Percentage of female teachers in 1

50.2%

 

42.2%

Secondary (2007)

 

Tertiary (2017)

 

 

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

Literacy rate (2012)1

87.1%

 

86.3%

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Female

 

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Male

 

 

Economic Activity (2010)1

49%

 

64%

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

63

 

61

Female

 

Male

 

 

1. COL gender country profile April 2015 

 

6.3 150.0
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
1.8 77.6
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
31.2 47.0
Households with a computer (%)1 Individuals using the internet (%)1

 

 

1. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ICT Eye Country profile, retrieved in March 2020

 

Highlights

COL works with partners primarily in the areas of gender and higher education, including through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth. Learners from Botswana have also participated in COL’s open online courses and have benefited from 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 Botswana include:

  • Ministry of Basic Education
  • Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology
  • Botswana Open University (formerly Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning)
  • Human Resource Development Council