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COL ‘opening doors to new possibilities’ in Africa

By 29th February 2024June 26th, 2024One Comment2 min read
Mr Melusi Mcolisi Dlamini and Mr Muzi Mxolisi Mlotshwa


The Commonwealth of Learning’s (COL) Open Schooling portfolio recently sponsored two staff of Emlalatini Development Centre (EDC) to complete the postgraduate diploma (PGDip) in Open School Operations and Management offered by the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL). The two EDC staff members, Mr Melusi Mcolisi Dlamini (on the left in photo above) and Mr Muzi Mxolisi Mlotshwa (on the right in photo above) wrote to COL to “express our heartfelt appreciation for the invaluable support you provided in funding our course…we cannot overstate the significance of this opportunity in our professional development.”

They explained further that the knowledge and skills they had acquired through this course had not only enriched their lives personally but had also positioned them to make substantial contributions to the Emlalatini Development Centre. Looking to the future, they said they intend to further their studies should opportunities arise.

Mr Dlamini and Mr Mxolisi commented, “We wish to extend our deepest gratitude to Dr Tony Mays and the Commonwealth of Learning for your transformative impact on our lives. Your support has opened doors to new possibilities, and we remain committed to making the most of these opportunities to better ourselves and our community. Thank you once again for your unwavering support and belief in our potential.”

Dr Mays, COL’s Education Specialist for Open Schooling, observed, “The PGDip was developed by COL some years ago to provide a more substantive grounding for staff new to the concept of open schooling. It is appropriate that NAMCOL should offer the programme as they have had many years of experience in open schooling provision since they were created by an Act of Parliament in 1997. However, the PGDip is a two- year programme, and it is a testament to a dedication to continuing professional development for full-time staff studying part-time to see the course through to completion.”

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One Comment

  • Simon says:

    May I take this opportunity to congratulate both Melusi Dlamini and Muzi Mlotshwa for their accomplishment. They gave the course the seriousness it deserved and they are now contributing immensely to the transformation of Emlalatini Development Centre in Open Schooling. I have given both leading roles in key areas of the institution. Melusi is looking at improving learner support and Muzi is providing quality assurance to our online materials. I am forever grateful to the unwavering support of Dr. Tony Mays and the Commonwealth of Learning.


    Simon Maseko

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