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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).


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.


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

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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