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


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.


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

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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