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Botswana is a nation in Southern Africa with a population of more than 2.6 million people (World Bank, 2022).

COL’s work in Botswana is primarily focussed in the areas of higher educationopen schoolinglifelong learning for farmersskills for work and gender equality and is part of the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) network. COL’s regional centre, the Southern African Development Community – Centre for Distance Education (SADC-CDE) is supported by the Ministry of Education and hosted by Botswana Open University (BOU). Learners from Botswana are also benefitting from COL’s free, open online courses and other available resources.


  • Botswana Open University (BOU) implemented COL’s institutional employability framework.
  • The Open Schooling Portal was launched to improve access of different learners to quality education.
  • 11,150 nurses/midwives in Botswana successfully completed one or more professional development courses.
  • A TEL strategy has been developed for the College of Open Schooling, BOU.
  • The Assistant Minister, Ministry of Education and Skills Development attended PCF10 in Calgary, Canada (14 to 16 September 2022), including the Ministerial Roundtable.
  • The Ministry of Education and Skills Development, Botswana, to be represented by Botswana Open University (BOU), will co-host the Eleventh Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF11) with COL in Gaborone in the latter half of 2025.


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 (MoTE)
  • Botswana Open University (BOU)
  • Human Resource Development Council (HRD-C)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council of Botswana

Key Contacts

Focal Point

Dr Mmabaledi Seeletso
Southern African Development Community – Centre for Distance Education (SADC-CDE)
Botswana Open University

Notable Mention

The Honourable Dr Unity Dow, former member of COL Board of Governors

Dr Daniel Tau, COL Honorary Fellow

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