Saint Lucia is a small island state of the Commonwealth with a population of about 182,000. Tourism is the largest contributor to the economy and enrolment rates for primary and secondary education are high.

School-age Population by Education Level1

13,855

 

16,537

Secondary

 

Tertiary

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending 20161

88.3%

 

87.4%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Tertiary Education
for the school year ending 20161

25.4%

 

13.0%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Percentage of female teachers in 1

72.5%

 

54.7%

Secondary(2015)

 

Tertiary (2015

 

 

1. UNESCO Institute for Statistics Data Centre, retrieved in May 2018

 

Literacy rate (2012)1

n/a

 

n/a

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Female

 

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Male

 

 

Economic Activity (2010)1

52%

 

79%

Adult (15+) economic activity
Female

 

Adult (15+) economic activity
Male

 

 

Political Decision Making (2014)1

17%

Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament

 

 

Life expectancy (2012)1

79

 

71

Female

 

Male

 

 

1. COL gender country profile April 2015 

 

19.6 98.8
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
16 38.7
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
43.7 46.7
Households with a computer (%)1 Individuals using the internet (%)1

 

 

1. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ICT Eye Country profile, retrieved in May, 2018

 

Highlights

The Commonwealth of Learning’s (COL) work in Saint Lucia is primarily in the areas of technology-enabled learning, technical and vocational skills development and tertiary education, through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth. 

Technology-Enabled Learning

COL’s Technology-Enabled Learning initiative aims to encourage more institutions to integrate technology-enabled learning and OER practices to improve teaching and learning for innovation and skills development. COL is working in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development to develop policy related to information and communications technology in education. Learn more about the Technology-Enabled Learning initiative.

Technical and Vocational Skills Development

The Technical and Vocational Skills Development (TVSD) initiative supports partners to harness technology so as to increase access to improved quality skills training. COL provided training to instructors at Sir Arthur Lewis Community College on the design of online courses, using a flexible and blended model for technical and vocational education and training (TVET). COL also provided input into the development of a new TVET policy for St Lucia. Learn more about the Technical and Vocational Skills Development initiative.

Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth

Saint Lucia is a member of the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC). Initiated by and built on the support of Ministers of Education of developing small states of the Commonwealth, VUSSC supports the collaborative development and sharing of open educational resources (OER) to promote learning for sustainable development. Learn more about the VUSSC initiative.

Partners

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 Saint Lucia include Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development.