With 60 per cent of the Commonwealth’s population under 30 years of age, the skilling of youth is a top priority for governments. The Commonwealth of Learning’s (COL) current focus includes course and programme development for information and communications technology (ICT) and media skills that lead to employability and livelihoods. The Advanced ICT Skills Development project aims to reach 30,000 learners (of which, at least 50 per cent are to be women) through 60 innovative courses related to ICT skills development. The courses are also made available as open educational resources (OER).
While the development of courses has become easier with the availability of technology and OER, it is important that courses reach learners in the Commonwealth and help to improve their livelihoods. COL works with open universities and other institutions offering advanced ICT skills courses in order to reach learners across the Commonwealth.
Currently, six open universities of Africa and Asia (Allama Iqbal Open University, Bangladesh Open University, Indira Gandhi National Open University, National Open University of Nigeria, Open University Malaysia, Open University of Tanzania and Open University of Sri Lanka) are engaged in development of 12 courses related to web application development and mobile application development.