Jamaica is the most populated Caribbean Commonwealth nation, with about 2.7 million people. Literacy rates and enrolment ratios for primary and secondary education are high. 

School-age Population by Education Level1

237,966

 

268,453

Secondary

 

Tertiary

 

 

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

86%

 

85%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Tertiary Education
for the school year ending 20151

35%

 

20%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Percentage of female teachers in 1

71.7%

 

n/a

Secondary (2018)

 

Tertiary

 

 

1. UNESCO Institute for Statistics Data Centre, retrieved in June 2021

 

 

Literacy rate (2012)1

92.1%

 

82.6%

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Female

 

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Male

 

 

Economic Activity (2010)1

54%

 

73%

Adult (15+) economic activity
Female

 

Adult (15+) economic activity
Male

 

 

Political Decision Making (2013)1

13%

Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament

 

 

Life expectancy (2012)1

77

 

72

Female

 

Male

 

 

1. COL gender country profile April 2015 

 

12.4 101
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
9.7 51.2
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
36.4 55.1
Households with a computer (%)1 Individuals using the internet (%)1

 

 

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

 

Highlights

Current work in Jamaica is primarily in the areas of higher education, Lifelong Learning for Farmers through partnership with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority, teacher education, technical and vocational skills development, and technology-enabled learning. Jamaica is a member of the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth. Learners from Jamaica continue to benefit from COL’s open online courses and other resources.

Partners

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 Jamaica include:

  • Ministry of Education, Youth and Information
  • Christiana Potato Growers Cooperative Association
  • Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica
  • Frazer-Cascade Producer and Marketing Organisation
  • HEART Trust/NTA
  • Jamaica Constabulary Force
  • Joint Board for Teacher Education
  • Rural Agricultural Development Authority
  • The University of the West Indies, Mona
  • University of the Commonwealth Caribbean
  • University Council of Jamaica