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

150,212

 

150,512

Secondary

 

Tertiary

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending 20151

66.8%

 

67.3%

Female

 

Male

 

 

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

5.5%

 

5.2%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Percentage of female teachers in 1

49.3%

 

57.1%

Secondary(2014)

 

Tertiary (2015)

 

 

1. UNESCO Institute for Statistics Data Centre, retrieved in May 2018

 

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 

 

3.1 74.1
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
0.4 12.6
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
19.2 28.6
Households with a computer (%)1 Individuals using the internet (%)1

 

 

1. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ICT Eye Country profile, retrieved in May, 2018

 

Highlights

The Commonwealth of Learning’s (COL) work in the Kingdom of Eswatini is primarily in the area of tertiary education, through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth. 

Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth

The Kingdom of Eswatini is a member of the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC). Initiated by and built on the support of Ministers of Education of developing small states of the Commonwealth, VUSSC supports the collaborative development and sharing of open educational resources (OER) to promote learning for sustainable development. VUSSC supported the Swaziland Education Council to develop the Swaziland Qualifications Framework (SQF). The structure of the SQF has been benchmarked against regional and international structures such as the Southern African Development Community Qualifications Framework and the Transnational Qualifications Framework. VUSSC is also working with the University of Eswatini to institutionalise OER, develop blended learning materials and enhance eLearning capacity among staff across a number of departments. Learn more about the VUSSC initiative.

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 partners in Eswatini with the University of Eswatini.