Project profile — Commonwealth of Learning - Institutional Support 2011-12

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Commonwealth of Learning - Institutional Support 2011-12 - Overview
COL - Commonwealth of Learning (XM-DAC-47025)
2010-03-26 - 2012-12-31
Country / region • Developing countries, unspecified (100.00%)
Sector • Education, Level Unspecified
Education policy and administrative management (11110) (25.00%)
• Education, Level Unspecified
Education facilities and training (11120) (10.00%)
• Education, Level Unspecified
Teacher training (11130) (10.00%)
• Education, Level Unspecified
Educational research (11182) (5.00%)
• Basic Education
Basic life skills for youth and adults (11230) (10.00%)
• Secondary Education
Vocational training (11330) (10.00%)
• Post-Secondary Education
Higher education (11420) (10.00%)
• Basic Health
Health education (12261) (10.00%)
• Agriculture
Agricultural education/training (31181) (10.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (significant objective)
Description and results


This grant represents Canada’s institutional support to the Commonwealth of Learning (COL). COL uses these funds, along with other donor funding, to achieve its mandate. COL’s mandate is to help governments and institutions expand the scope, scale and quality of learning by using new approaches and technologies for open and distance learning. COL applies open and distance learning to programs in grade schooling, teacher education, higher education, skills development, farming and the development of healthy communities. Canada’s support to COL contributes to finding durable solutions to education challenges and improving the quality of learning in developing countries across the Commonwealth.

Results achieved

Results achieved by the Commonwealth of Learning, through the support of CIDA and other donors in 2011 include: 300,000 girls and boys in 10 countries attended 12 open schools; more than 350,000 teachers and teacher educators were trained across the Commonwealth; increased access to quality Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) through open and distance learning in seven institutions in three African countries; 50,000 women and men learn daily through mobile phones in Asia and Africa; 8,000 active learners and an estimated 100,000 listeners in 10 countries have new opportunities to learn about Mother and Child Health, HIV/AIDS, non-communicable diseases and environmental health; eight institutions in three regions are using open education resources (OER) for their curricula; 150 Community Radio stations were established in India and Bangladesh; six institutions in six countries are offering courses of the Virtual University of Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC); the Commonwealth Executive Master in Business Administration/Master in Public Administration programme reached 9,204 learners in nine countries.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $0
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