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Pakistan has a population of over 235 million people (World Bank, 2022).

COL’s work in Pakistan is primarily in the areas of higher education and girls’ and women’s training for livelihoods and benefits from programmes under the aegis of the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA). Learners from Pakistan are also participating in COL’s free, open online courses and benefitting from other available resources.


  • Workshop to build the capacity of policymakers, parliamentarians and law enforcement officials to change discriminatory social norms was held.
  • A strategy for digitising learning resources, focusing on climate-responsive sustainable livelihoods and food security has been developed.
  • 6,879 certificates have been issued to learners from Pakistan under COL’s Skills Online programme.
  • 5,388 women and girls trained in Pakistan.


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 partnerships support COL’s work in communities and institutions across Commonwealth Member States. Such partnerships 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 Pakistan include:

  • Higher Education Commission
  • Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU)
  • Bedari
  • Fatima Jinnah Women University
  • Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC)
  • Virtual University of Pakistan

Key Contacts

Focal Point



Notable Mention

Ms Shahnaz Wazir Ali, former member of COL Board of Governors

Professor Dr Atta-ur-Rahman, FRS, former member of COL Board of Governors

The Honourable Zubaida Jalal, COL Honorary Fellow

Professor Naveed Akhtar Malik, COL Honorary Fellow

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