Solomon Islands is a small state of the Commonwealth consisting of nearly 1,000 islands with a population of about 580,000. It faces significant development and educational challenges and is a major focus of the New Zealand Aid Programme support. The University of the South Pacific has a campus on the Solomon Islands.
COL’s current work in Solomon Islands is primarily in the areas of gender, technical and vocational skills development, and tertiary education through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth. Solomon Islands benefits from the activities of the Pacific Centre for Flexible and Open Learning for Development. Learners from Solomon Islands 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 Solomon Islands include:
- Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development
- Solomon Islands National University
- USP Solomon Islands Campus
Mr James Bosamata
Deputy Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development