Sierra Leone

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Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa with a population of more than 8.6 million people (World Bank, 2022).
COL’s work in Sierra Leone is in the areas of higher education, teacher education, lifelong learning for farmers and technology-enabled learning and benefits from programmes offered by the Regional Training and Research Institute for Distance and Open Learning (RETRIDOL), COL’s regional centre. Learners from Sierra Leone are also participating in COL’s free, open online courses and have access to other available resources.


  • ODL policy for Tertiary Education Institutions in Sierra Leone approved for implementation.


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. 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 Sierra Leone include:

  • Ministry of Technical and Higher Education
  • Camp Women Multi-Purpose Organisation (CWMPO)
  • Freetown Polytechnic (formerly Freetown Teachers College)
  • Milton Margai Technical University (MMTU)
  • Njala University Teaching Service Commission
  • Tertiary Education Commission (TEC)
  • University of Sierra Leone

Key Contacts

Board of Governors

Minister of Technical and Higher Education

Focal Point

Mrs Musu Gorvie
Deputy Chief Technical and Higher Education Officer
Ministry of Technical and Higher Education

Notable Mention

The Honourable Prof. Dr. Alpha T. Wurie, former member of COL Board of Governors

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