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Kiribati is a small state of the Commonwealth with a population of over 131,000 (World Bank, 2022) spread over islands and atolls covering an immense expanse of ocean.

COL’s current work in Kiribati is in teacher education and tertiary education through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) network. Learners from Kiribati are also participating in COL’s free, open online courses and benefitting from other available resources.


  • 476 teachers from Kiribati trained to provide effective learner support in ODFL contexts.
  • 17 ministry officials from Kiribati trained in ODL policy workshop.
  • Active TVET Project with Kiribati Teachers College
  • Building technical resilience in response to natural disasters
  • Development of online learning resources for teachers: ODL Course Catalogue, National OER Collection Site, and Online TVET Toolkit


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 partners in Kiribati include:

  • Ministry of Education
  • Kauma Adventist High School
  • Kiribati Teachers College (KTC)
  • USP Kiribati Campus

Key Contacts

Focal Point

Ms Lucy Kum-On
Kiribati Teachers College

Notable Mention

The Honourable Teima Onorio, former member of COL Board of Governors

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