A Polynesian island nation with a population of just under 10,000, Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world. The literacy rate is high, so Tuvalu’s educational focus is on developing vocational skills.

 

 

School-age Population by Education Level1

1,658

 

965

Secondary

 

Tertiary

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending 20191

47.2%

 

35%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Tertiary Education1

n/a

 

n/a

Female

 

Male

 

 

Percentage of female teachers in 1

54.8%

 

n/a

Secondary (2018)

 

Tertiary 

 

 

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

 

Literacy rate (2012)1

n/a

 

n/a

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Female

 

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Male

 

 

Economic Activity (2010)1

n/a

 

n/a

Adult (15+) economic activity
Female

 

Adult (15+) economic activity
Male

 

 

Political Decision Making (2014)1

7%

Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament

 

 

Life expectancy (2012)1

70

 

66

Female

 

Male

 

 

1. COL gender country profile April 2015 

 

17.6 70.4
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
4 0
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
25 49.3
Households with a computer (%)1 Individuals using the internet (%)1

 

 

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

 

Highlights

COL’s current work in Tuvalu is primarily in the areas of technical and vocational skills development and tertiary education through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth. Tuvalu benefits from the activities of the Pacific Centre for Flexible and Open Learning for Development. Learners from Tuvalu have also benefited from open online courses and other COL resources. 

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 partners in Tuvalu include:

  • Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
  • USP Tuvalu Campus