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


COL’s current work in Namibia is primarily in the areas of open and innovative schooling and higher education, including through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth. Namibia benefits from activities organised by the Southern African Development Community Centre for Distance Education. Learners from Namibia have also benefited from COL’s open online courses and other resources.


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 Namibia include:

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

Key Contacts

Focal Point

Mr Gerard N. Vries
Deputy Executive Director for Lifelong Learning, Arts and Culture
Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture

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