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Namibia is a large country with a population of over 2.5 million (World Bank, 2022).

COL’s work in Namibia is in the areas of open schooling and higher education. It is part of the VUSSC network and benefits from programmes offered by the Southern African Development Community’s Centre for Distance Education (SADC-CDE), COL’s regional centre. Learners from Namibia are also participating in COL’s free, open online courses and benefitting from other available resources.


  • A strategy for the digitisation of learning resources, focusing on climate-responsive sustainable livelihoods and food security, has been developed.
  • 2,052 women and girls 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 Namibia include:

  • Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture
  • Khomas Regional Directorate
  • Namibia Qualifications Authority
  • Namibian Open Learning Network Trust
  • Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL)
  • Namibia University of Science and Technology
  • University of Namibia (UNAM)

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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