Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) is a small state of the Commonwealth with a population of about 1.3 million people. 

 

School-age Population by Education Level1

134,493

 

121,274

Secondary

 

Tertiary

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending 20161

82%

 

83%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Tertiary Education
for the school year ending 20131

7%

 

7%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Percentage of female teachers in 1

49.5%

 

42%

Secondary (2016)

 

Tertiary (2015)

 

 

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

 

Literacy rate (2010)1

82.5%

 

83.9%

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Female

 

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Male

 

 

Economic Activity (2010)1

62%

 

64%

Adult (15+) economic activity
Female

 

Adult (15+) economic activity
Male

 

 

Political Decision Making (2014)1

6%

Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament

 

 

Life expectancy (2012)1

55

 

52

Female

 

Male

 

 

1. COL gender country profile April 2015 

 

3.6 93.5
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
0.7 15.9
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
21.4 47
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’s current work in Eswatini is primarily in the areas of higher education and the development of national policy on open and distance learning (ODL). Eswatini is a member of the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth, and it benefits from the support of the Southern African Development Community’s Centre for Distance Education. Learners from Eswatini have also joined COL’s open online courses and tapped into 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 Eswatini include:

  • Ministry for Education and Training
  • Emlalatini Development Centre
  • University of Eswatini