In order to make its relationship with each Commonwealth Member State more systematic and interactive, the Commonwealth of Learning first introduced a network of 'COL Focal Points' in 2006, which continues to strengthen its effectiveness. Each Minister of Education nominates a Focal Point (listed below) to be COL's primary contact in a particular country.
This network supports COL in its role to help countries use a range of appropriate and available approaches and technologies to foster learning at scale. COL's work covers two sectors of activity: Education and Skills. Dialogue with the Focal Points will ensure that COL initiatives match national priorities. These discussions will help COL to develop Country Action Plans for each country every three-year cycle.
The role of the COL Focal Points is to:
- Interact with COL on its programme, give feedback to inform ongoing interventions and to flag areas where new initiatives and interventions could be considered.
- Have a co-ordination role among different ministries and institutions in their country, where necessary.
- Receive and disseminate information about COL and its activities.
- Receive advance advice about visits of COL staff to specific countries so that well-planned and adequately prepared interactions occur on all issues of mutual interest.