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

91,280

 

92,515

Secondary

 

Tertiary

 

 

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

n/a

 

n/a

Female

 

Male

 

 

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

n/a

 

n/a

Female

 

Male

 

 

Percentage of female teachers in 1

n/a

 

n/a

Secondary (2012)

 

Tertiary (2004)

 

 

1. UNESCO Institute for Statistics Data Centre, retrieved in June 2021

 

Literacy rate (2012)1

98.5%

 

99.2%

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Female

 

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Male

 

 

Economic Activity (2014)1

58%

 

78%

Adult (15+) economic activity
Female

 

Adult (15+) economic activity
Male

 

 

Political Decision Making (2014)1

29%

Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament

 

 

Life expectancy (2012)1

74

 

67

Female

 

Male

 

 

1. COL gender country profile April 2015 

 

23.1 140.1
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
24.4 46.2
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
75.1 77.3
Households with a computer (%)1 Individuals using the internet (%)1

 

 

1. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ICT Eye Country profile, retrieved in March 2020

 

Highlights

Working in two sectors, Education and Skills, with Gender as a cross-cutting theme, COL uses pioneering models and approaches to achieve impact. Current work in Trinidad and Tobago is primarily in the areas of technical and vocational skills development, open/ innovative schooling, gender, technology-enabled learning, and higher education through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth. Learners from Trinidad and Tobago continue to benefit from open online courses and other resources offered by COL.

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 partnerships assist in improving and extending teaching and learning services to people in the developing Commonwealth.

COL's partners in Trinidad and Tobago include: 

  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Labour and Social Enterprise Development
  • Ministry of Trade and Industry
  • Caribbean Association of National Training Authorities
  • Caribbean Fisheries Training and Development Institute
  • Catholic Education Board of Management
  • Metal Industries Company Limited
  • MIC Institute of Technology
  • National Training Agency
  • The University of Trinidad and Tobago
  • The University of the West Indies, St Augustine
  • Youth Training and Employment Placement Programme Limited