A southeastern African country with a population of just under 26 million, Mozambique faces many economic and educational challenges. Mozambique has worked with COL to expand access to learning for sustainable development through open and distance learning.


School-age Population by Education Level1









Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending 20171









Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Tertiary Education
for the school year ending 20181









Percentage of female teachers in 1




Secondary (2017)


Tertiary (2018)



1. UNESCO Institute for Statistics Data Centre, retrieved in March 2020


Literacy rate (2009)1




Adult (15+) literacy rate


Adult (15+) literacy rate



Economic Activity (2010)1




Adult (15+) economic activity


Adult (15+) economic activity



Political Decision Making (2014)1


Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament



Life expectancy (2012)1









1. COL gender country profile April 2015 


0.2 47.7
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1



0.3 15.1
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1



7.1 10
Households with a computer (%)1 Individuals using the internet (%)1



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


COL’S work in Mozambique is primarily in the areas of higher education, open/innovative schooling, technical and vocational skills development, and the schooling and skilling of girls.

Higher Education

  • COL conducted an ODL policy formulation workshop for the University of Eduardo Mondlane.

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GIRLS Inspire

GIRLS Inspire’s three-year project, funded by the Government of Canada, focuses on preventing CEFM in Mozambique through open, distance and technology-based education. Ending CEFM is crucial to Mozambique accelerating progress towards achiev­ing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • With partner agencies Ajuda de Desenvolvimento de Povo para Povo (ADPP) and Associação Progresso (Progresso), 16 community-agreed safe learning environments were established, and 242 agreements were signed with parents and spouses to allow girls to attend school.
  • Partnerships with the Institute of Labour and the National Institute for Employment and Vocational Training resulted in mobile classes, which enabled hitherto unreached girls to participate in vocational courses.
  • Through the safe learning spaces and mobile classes, 870 women and girls completed skills training and 1,230 girls reintegrated into formal schooling, setting them on the path to greater earning ability.
  • Through life skills workshops on sexual and reproductive health, family planning and HIV/AIDS, girls learned about young mothers who experienced complications in early pregnancies. A total of 171 girls accessed family planning services. To date, 15 girls have participated in internships and 11 girls are in income-generating activities.
  • Through 77 events, GIRLS Inspire raised awareness in all sections of the community about CEFM, domestic violence, gender equality, and sexual and reproduc­tive health. Community radio, national TV spots, debates, role-playing and presentations, community meetings and community performances by cultural groups reached at least 12,303 community members. A GIRLS Inspire project was featured on national TV and seen by over half a million people.
  • Forty-two ADPP staff members have been trained as community facilitators, monitoring and evaluation officers, data collectors and course material developers. Twenty-two Progresso staff were trained in gender mainstreaming and other ways of supporting women and girls.
  • Fifteen exchanges with external agencies yielded excellent results, including: i) a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Ministry of Health to develop life skills courses on sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS; and ii) MoUs signed with the Ministry of Labour to allow the use of their mobile training facilities and allow linkages with internship and work placements.
  • Progresso and ADPP have stopped 22 child marriages through the GIRLS Inspire project.

Learn more about GIRLS Inspire.

Open/Innovative Schooling

  • COL is working with the National Institute of Distance Education to expand open schooling in Mozambique. This support is focused on out-of-school youths and will also impact mainstream schools and reduce dropout rates.
  • A framework for the implementation of open school­ing was developed in 2017 and teachers were trained accordingly. The training of 18 literacy teachers and three district technicians created enabling condi­tions for the start of the classes. Negotiations were concluded in February 2017 for the training of 17 teachers/course writers from the Ministry of Education and Culture to develop five school subjects as eLearn­ing OER over a period of ten months. The face-to-face workshop, which marked the start of the ten-month process, took place in March 2017 in Maputo, Mozambique.
  • Workshops with instructors, directors and ministry staff were facilitated in July 2017 to build capacity for planning eLearning and developing materials; 33 people participated in the workshops.
  • In August 2017, representatives from the Ministry of Education and Culture, Mozambique — who work with COL to improve the quality of teaching and learning in mainstream and open schools through eLearning and to broaden access to schooling for out-of-school youths — met in Singapore to share experiences in the implementa­tion of COL’s Open/Innovative Schooling model in mainstream and open schools.
  • Staff at all levels are being trained in the management of open schools, eLearning and the development of OER learning content, especially in the area of techni­cal and vocational training.

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Teacher Education

  • Two officials from the Ministry of Education and Culture participated in the annual Teacher Education programme organised by COL and the Government of Singapore in August 2017. The five-day workshop in Singapore was conducted by the National Institute of Education on behalf of the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Technical and Vocational Skills Development

  • COL is working with the National Directorate for Professional Technical Education to build capability amongst five technical and vocational education and training institutes in Mozambique to pilot online learning.
  • Six Mozambican partner institutions are members of COL’s INVEST Africa network, which is committed to increasing access to high-quality, flexible and blended skills training in support of sustainable livelihoods.
  • COL developed a set of resources that integrates sustainable development principles into technical and vocational education and training (TVET) as part of teachers’ capacity-building in INVEST Africa partner institutions.
  • Sixteen course plans that integrate the sustainable development principles of economic growth, environmental conservation and social inclusion were developed at a workshop in June 2017, hosted by the Kenya Technical Trainers’ College. The workshop included 30 educators from seven countries including Mozambique. It resulted in plans for cascading the training to other teachers.
  • The Dom Bosco Higher Institute (DBHI) has been a member of the INVEST Africa partnership since 2013. As a result of COL’s capacity-building, they have developed and delivered their TVET teacher training qualification for online delivery. DBHI is the premier TVET teacher training institute in Mozambique.

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Technology-Enabled Learning

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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's partners in Mozambique include: 

  • Associacao Progresso  
  • ADPP Mozambique
  • Ministry of Education and Human Development
  • National Institute of Distance Education
  • Universidade Eduardo Mondlane