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Guyana is a small state of the Commonwealth with a population of over 800,000 (World Bank, 2022). It is the only Commonwealth nation in mainland South America.

COL’s work in Guyana is primarily in the areas of higher education, through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) network, open schooling, gender, and technology-enabled learning. The University of 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 are also participating in COL’s free, open online courses and benefitting from other available resources.


  • National programme launched to scale upskilling based on the success of COL’s Skills Online partnerships with Coursera, Grow with Google and Udemy. 14,278 learners have enrolled with 5,230 certificates being issued.
  • NCERD launches an online platform for teacher continuous professional development (CPD) with 24 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 Guyana include:

  • Ministry of Education
  • Adult Education Association of Guyana (AEAG)
  • Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE)
  • National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD)
  • Trifinity Solutions
  • University of Guyana
  • Youth Challenge Guyana (YCG)

Key Contacts

Focal Point

Ms Indrani Ramnarine
Deputy Permanent Secretary – Administration
Ministry of Education

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