Trinidad and Tobago

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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.


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.


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

Key Contacts

Focal Point

Ms Anna M. Singh
Director, Curriculum Planning and Development Division
Ministry of Education

Notable Mentions

Dr Olabisi Kuboni, COL Honorary Fellow

Professor Clement Sankat, former member of COL Board of Governors

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