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The Kingdom of Eswatini is a small state of the Commonwealth with a population of over 1.2 million (World Bank, 2022).

COL’s work in Eswatini is focused primarily in the areas of higher education and open schooling. Eswatini is part of the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) network and benefits from programmes offered by COL’s regional centre, the Southern African Development Community’s Centre for Distance Education (SADC-CDE). Learners from Eswatini are also participating in COL’s free, open online courses and other available resources.


  • The University of Eswatini (UNESWA) is implementing COL’s institutional employability framework.
  • 1,105 nurses/midwives in Eswatini successfully completed one or more professional development courses.


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 (EDC)
  • Eswatini Nursing Council
  • University of Eswatini (UNESWA)

Key Contacts

Focal Point

Ms Thembekile Y. Dlamini
Acting Chief Inspector of Tertiary Education
Ministry of Education and Training

Notable Mention

Prof Lydia Makhubu, former member of COL Board of Governors

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