Namibia is a large country with a population of about 2.5 million. 


School-age Population by Education Level1









Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending in1









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









Percentage of female teachers in 1




Secondary (2017)


Tertiary (2017)



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


Literacy rate (2007)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 


6.9 112.7
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1



2.5 91.5
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1



21.2 51
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 Namibia is primarily in the areas of higher education, open/innovative schooling, teacher education and the Virtual University of Small States of the Commonwealth.

Higher Education

  • A participant from Namibia presented a paper on “Student Support Model at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST)” during a learner-support project preparation work­shop organised by COL in South Africa in September 2016.
  • COL, in collaboration with the University of Namibia, organised a project design workshop in November 2017 to launch the pilot of the COL Higher Education model. Fifty-one participants attended.

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Open/Innovative Schooling

Namibia is an active member of the Commonwealth Open Schools Association (COMOSA), a community of practice.

  • COL’s Open/Innovative Schooling model was shared with senior management of NAMCOL in 2017. COL held discussions on eLearning strategy, quality assurance and the use of NotesMaster — a freely accessible eLearning network for open educa­tional resources (OER) with the college.

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Teacher Education

  • COL supported the participation of teacher educators from Namibia at a five-day training workshop on information and communication technologies (ICT) in teaching and learning, held at the Singapore National Institute of Education in May 2016. The training helped teacher educators integrate ICT into their programmes as a key strategy to improve quality in education.

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Technology-Enabled Learning

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Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth

  • COL’s Education Specialist: VUSSC held meetings with the Ministry of Education, NAMCOL and the Namibia Qualifications Authority to explore opportunities for further collabo­ration on VUSSC courses and capacity-building.
  • COL, in partnership with NAMCOL, offered a six-week online course on Developing and Teaching Online and Blended Courses for representatives from various post-secondary institutions in Namibia.
  • Representatives from Namibia participated in a workshop on formulating criteria for peer auditing for five Commonwealth countries, which led to the development of an inter-institutional framework for quality assurance. NAMCOL, in collaboration with the Botswana Open University (formerly Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning), is now assisting the Lesotho Distance Teaching Centre and the Mozam­bique Institute of Open and Distance Education with developing quality criteria to conduct peer audits in their respective institutions.

Learn more about the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth.


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 Namibia include: 

  • Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture
  • Namibia Qualifications Authority
  • Namibian Open Learning Network Trust
  • Namibian College of Open Learning
  • University of Namibia