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Malawi is a land-locked country in southeast Africa with a largely rural population of over 20 million (World Bank, 2022).
COL’s work in Malawi is in the areas of higher education, open schooling, and GIRLS inspire – gender equality and women’s empowerment through skills development for livelihoods and benefits from programmes offered by COL’s regional centre, the Southern African Development Community Centre for Distance Education (SADC-CDE). Learners from Malawi are also participating in COL’s free, open online courses and benefitting from other available resources.


  • The Ministry of Education developed a national policy on ICT in Education that also includes OER, with COL support.
  • 3,907 women and girls in Malawi have been trained


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 Malawi include:

  • Ministry of Education
  • Centre for Research and Development Initiative (CERADI)
  • Concerned Youth Organisation (CYO)
  • Malawi College of Distance Education
  • Mzuzu University
  • University of Malawi (UNIMA)

Key Contacts

Focal Point

Dr Joshua Valeta
Open and Distance Education
Ministry of Education

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