Commonwealth of Learning

  • I Implementer
  • R Researcher


At Commonwealth of Learning (COL) we recognize that gender equality and women’s empowerment are essential components of human development and basic human rights. The advancement of women’s rights and the education of girls are critical preconditions for effective and sustainable development. COL works to: Harness the potential of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) to expand access and improve learning outcomes for girls/women and boys/men; Continue to integrate a gender equality perspective in its own program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as in that of its partners; Provide technical assistance and support in the design and development of gender-responsive curricula and teaching/learning materials; Generate research and policy briefs to inform strategic directions in gender mainstreaming in ODL; and develop a gender mainstreaming model for further replication.

Primary Functions

  • Networking/Convening
  • Policy Development/Implementation
  • Program/Project Implementation

Secondary Functions

  • Research - policy analysis
  • Research - project evaluation

Geographic Scope

  • Global / regional

Areas of work Back to Top

Education topics addressed


  • Transition from school to work

Other skills

  • Life skills/sexuality education
  • Rights/empowerment education
  • Vocational training


  • Curricula/lesson plans
  • School-related gender-based violence

Cross-cutting topics addressed

  • Adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Early/child marriage
  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Empowerment
  • HIV and STIs
  • Masculinities/boys
  • Other aspects of sexual and reproductive health
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs
  • Violence (at home, in relationships)

Locations and contact information Back to Top


Commonwealth of Learning

Headquarters location(s)

  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Office location(s)

  • N/A


Frances J. Ferreira
Senior Adviser: Women and Girls
Commonwealth of Learning

Locations of current girls’ education work

Map showing countries (listed below) where the organization is involved with girls' education programs

  • American Samoa
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas, The
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cyprus
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Gambia, The
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia

Projects Back to Top