~ Innovation in Vocational and Educational Skills Training


Welcome to the INVEST Community Learning Network or CLN.

Commonwealth of Learning is working in partnership with the Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa - CAPA - to support their member institutions who are working to integrate ICT into TVET teaching and learning. This activity is called INVEST - Innovation in Vocational Education & Skills Training.

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There is a call for participation to Young Creative Entrepreneurs and Innovators (15 - 35 Years of Age) at the global online2017 Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition

Winners will receive free online training at the Entrepreneurship Campus and support from the global online community.

Deadline for the submission of entries is 31 July 2017!


Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are are available for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries.

Click here to apply


Congratulations to Shafika Isaacs - named Woman of Stature 2017 in South Africa for her work in education. 

see details in discussion below



Commonwealth theme for the year

Each year a theme is chosen for Commonwealth Day. The theme informs events to mark the day and helps to guide activities by Commonwealth organisations throughout the year.

Theme - “A peace-building Commonwealth

Visit  Commonwealth Day to find out more about Commonwealth Day - Monday, March 13


Regional Consultations on OERs: Stakeholder Survey

COL, with support from the Hewlett Foundation, is currently conducting regional consultations on Open Educational Resources (OERs).

 As part of the consultations, COL is conducting a stakeholder survey and is looking for feedback from TVET institutions.

Click here for more information about the survey

 The deadline to respond to the survey is May 17, 2017.


Open Education Week

March 27-31, 2017

This is the week when special emphasis is put on Open Education to involve more practitioners and students, celebrate achievements, share knowledge, and get more people excited about the benefits of openness in education.

Call for participation is open until February 28th, 2017

Ideas about activities or events to engage in during the open education week is available here

Hashtag: #openeducationwk
Connect with fellow Open Education Week participants


Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards 2018

Nominations and submission are invited to recognise the outstanding contribution and achievements of education professionals and bodies that have made a difference to learners’ lives through innovative education and learning for development initiatives and practices.

Click here for more information



We are trying to raise the profile of #flexibleTVET on Twitter. Please join me there and you are welcome to follow me @alisonmead3

Let's start tweeting about flexible TVET and tell the world what you are achieving.


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CLN Events & Workshops

Active Discussions


Koforidua Technical University holds Open, Online Seminar 1 Reply

Koforidua Technical University drew 215 participants from nine different institutions in Ghana for her Maiden Open, Online and Flexible Learning Seminar on the 23rd March 2017 at the Abba Bentil Theater in Koforidua.Participants were drawn from…Continue

Started by Buckman Akuffo in Assistance Please!. Last reply by Buckman Akuffo 20 hours ago.

Shafika recognised as 2017 Woman of Stature 8 Replies

Please join me in congratulating our very own consultant Shafika Isaacs who was named 2017 Woman of Stature in South Africa over the weekend.…Continue

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Started by Alison in Community Kudos & Recognition. Last reply by ABDUL IBRAHEEM ADEDOTUN on Monday.

What if Africa had a common TVET curriculum? 3 Replies

 Hi everyone,In Last years CAPA conference in Kenya, The CS for education in Kenya  CS Fred Matiang’i encouraged  "all Technical Vocational Education and Training Institutes in Africa to develop a common curriculum. He said these institutions should…Continue

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KP wins AU TVET Award 10 Replies

KP has been awarded by the African Union after the institution was selected by a seven-member panel of judges to be part of the 10 most promising models in TVET for the 21st century. The competition was organised in collaboration with FHI 360 and…Continue

Started by SAMUEL OKAE-ADJEI in Community Kudos & Recognition. Last reply by SAMUEL OKAE-ADJEI Mar 11.



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