Ghana is a West African nation with a population of about 24 million. COL has been working with a number of partners in Ghana, including the Centre for National Distance Learning and Open Schools (CENDLOS) and Higher Education Institutes in developing open and distance learning.


School-age Population by Education Level1









Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending 20191









Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Tertiary Education
for the school year ending 20181









Percentage of female teachers in 1




Secondary (2019)


Tertiary (2018)



1. UNESCO Institute for Statistics Data Centre, retrieved in March 2020


Literacy rate (2010)1




Adult (15+) literacy rate


Adult (15+) literacy rate



Economic Activity (2010)1




Adult (15+) economic activity


Adult (15+) economic activity



Political Decision Making (2014)1


Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament



Life expectancy (2012)1









1. COL gender country profile April 2015 


0.9 137.5
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1



0.2 91.8
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1



22.6 39
Households with a computer (%)1 Individuals using the internet (%)1



1. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ICT Eye Country profile, retrieved in March 2020




COL’S work in Ghana is primarily in the areas of higher education, Lifelong Learning for Farmers and technical and vocational skills development.

Higher Education

  • COL is working with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technol­ogy (KNUST) to offer the Commonwealth Executive Masters in Business Administration and Public Administration (CEMBA/CEMPA) programmes. The flexible and modular CEMBA/CEMPA programmes are geared towards delivering high-quality learning and professional development opportunities in participat­ing countries.

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Lifelong Learning for Farmers

  • COL is supporting the rollout of L3F initiatives in five districts in the Upper East Region of Ghana. The project, which is being implemented in partnership with the Garu Presbyterian Agriculture Station (GPAS), will reach 4,000 small-scale farmers in its first phase. The objective is to reach 50,000 small-scale farmers by June 2021.
  • L3F involving 640 members in north Ghana found that the financial literacy programme has resulted in a strong table-banking movement in the region.

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Technical and Vocational Skills Development

  • The College of Technology, Kumasi (COLTEK), Koforidua Technical University (KTU), and Takoradi Technical University (TTO) are members of COL’s INVEST Africa initiative, which is committed to increasing access to high-quality, flexible and blended skills training in support of sustainable livelihoods.
  • KTU has 55 members engaged in informal learning and collaboration in the associated online community of practice.
  • More than 5,000 students from KTU have been engaged in formal online educa­tion programmes. A KTU tracer study revealed that nearly 1,000 artisans have improved their sustainable livelihoods through flexible non-formal training.
  • COL-supported training was conducted by two members of KTU. The other two institutions — COLTEK and TTO — became INVEST Africa partners in 2015.
  • As part of teachers’ capacity building within INVEST Africa partner institutions, COL facilitated a workshop where participants developed 16 course plans inte­grating sustainable development principles into TVET. Participants from Ghana attended the workshop.
  • COL provided technical support for innovation in teaching and learning at TTO through Getenergy’s Field Ready model, which focuses on preparing young people to meet the demanding international employment standards of the oil and gas industry. KTU is the pilot partner institution of Getenergy for the Field Ready model. As part of the initial training, COL facilitated sessions for Takoradi Technical University (TTU) heads of department and teaching staff on the COL model for flexible TVET through appropriate technology.
  • In a tracer study conducted by KTU, graduates from the COL-supported artisan programmes reported increases in quality-of-life indicators, including confidence, self-esteem, living conditions and owner­ship of goods.

Learn more about Technical and Vocational Skills Development.

Technology-Enabled Learning

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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's partners in Ghana include:

  •  General Agricultural Workers’ Union of TUC
  •  Koforidua Technical University
  •  Ministry of Education
  •  Presbyterian Church of Ghana