Trinidad & Tobago is a small state of the Commonwealth, with a largely rural population of about 1.4 million. Literacy rates are high, as are enrolment rates for primary and secondary education. 

School-age Population by Education Level1









Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending 20041









Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Tertiary Education
for the school year ending 20041









Percentage of female teachers in 1






Tertiary (2004)



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


Literacy rate (2012)1




Adult (15+) literacy rate


Adult (15+) literacy rate



Economic Activity (2014)1




Adult (15+) economic activity


Adult (15+) economic activity



Political Decision Making (2014)1


Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament



Life expectancy (2012)1









1. COL gender country profile April 2015 


18.8 148.3
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1



17.4 46.1
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1



71.4 73.3
Households with a computer (%)1 Individuals using the internet (%)1



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



The Commonwealth of Learning’s (COL) work in Trinidad and Tobago is primarily in the areas of open/innovative schooling, technical and vocational skills and development and tertiary education, through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth.

Open/Innovative schooling

Open/Innovative Schooling is a supplementary or complementary model of schooling which uses a range of flexible approaches, based on open and distance learning, to provide structured teaching and learning opportunities. It focuses on training teachers in eLearning, using open educational resources (OER), improving the management of open schools and supporting the use of appropriate technologies in teaching and learning. COL, Catholic Education Board of Management and Caribbean Fisheries Training and Development Institute jointly initiated the Matelot Innovative Community Open School. In April 2017, the school celebrated its first graduating class. COL is working with the Ministry of Education to expand open schooling in the country. COL’s support in Trinidad and Tobago will have a special focus on out-of-school youth, however, it is anticipated that the project will also impact mainstream schools, improving throughput and reducing dropout rates. Learn more about the Open/Innovative Schooling 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. A key aspect of the programme is the capacity building of partner organisations in course design and materials development. COL is currently working with YTEPP Ltd (Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme), a vocational training organisation in Trinidad and Tobago, to increase access to skills training through a flexible and blended skills development model. The model integrates information and communications technologies to improve the quality of training and increase access to it. Learn more about the Technical and Vocational Skills Development initiative.

Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth

Trinidad and Tobago 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.


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 Trinidad and Tobago include: 

  • Catholic Management Board of Education
  • Caribbean Fisheries Training and Development Institute
  • MIC Institute of Technology
  • Ministry of Education
  • University of the West Indies
  • University of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Youth Training and Employment Placement Programme Limited