JIS News

Jamaican High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Burchell Whiteman is the new Chairman of the Board of the Commonwealth of Learning.
The Vancouver-based Commonwealth of Learning (CoL) is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources, and technologies.
High Commissioner Whiteman told JIS News that it was a privilege to be appointed Chairman as this reflected positively on Jamaica and the Caribbean.
“It is a special privilege and pleasure to be appointed Chairman of the Board of the Commonwealth of Learning. First, because it must reflect positively on Jamaica and the Caribbean. In the 20 years of CoL’s existence, the Chairmen have always been English or Canadian. Secondly it is an honour to succeed Lewis Perinbam who was a highly respected, extremely competent Chairman and a great personal friend. And thirdly CoL has been an effective agency in assisting countries across the Commonwealth to develop relevant policies, projects and programmes in Open and Distance Learning,” Mr. Whiteman said.
“We have a highly competent Board, a dynamic visionary President and committed staff across the Commonwealth. I will do my best to ensure that the momentum we have built up over the years continues and if possible, increases,” he added.
The Commonwealth of Learning is the only official Commonwealth agency located outside Britain and is the world’s only intergovernmental organisation solely concerned with the promotion and development of distance education and open learning. CoL helps to increase the capacities of developing nations to meet the demands for improved access to quality education and training.