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Guyana is a small state of the Commonwealth with a population of 810,000. It is the only Commonwealth nation on mainland South America. Enrolment rates are high for both primary and secondary education.


Current work in Guyana is primarily in the areas of higher education, including through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth, open/innovative schooling, gender, and technologyenabled learning. Guyana offers COL’s Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration (CEMBA/ CEMPA) programmes and serves on the programmes’ academic and executive governing boards. Learners from Guyana also continue to benefit from COL’s open online courses and 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 Guyana include:

  • Ministry of Education
  • Adult Education Association
  • National Accreditation Council
  • The University of Guyana
  • Youth Challenge Guyana

Key Contacts

Focal Point

Dr Olato Sam
Education Specialist
Ministry of Education

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