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Tuvalu (population: 11,646 in 2019) has a primary net enrolment rate of 76.2% (2016)1 and a secondary school completion rate 66.7% (2018)1. The youth unemployment rates (15-24 years old) is 63.7 % (2012)2. The Maritime Training Institute, on Funafuti, was founded in 1979 and provides vocational and technical training for those seeking employment on ships and fishing boats, and in-service training for serving seamen. The Technical Education Centre offers training in building trades. Tuvalu is a partner in the regional University of the South Pacific (USP), which supports public efforts to increase access to affordable and relevant tertiary educational services within the region.  

Internet connectivity is available to 49% (2017)3 of the population, and mobile-cellular subscriptions are at 70 per 100 people (2017)3. Infrastructure is available for distance and technology-enabled learning and for expanding access to education and training in Tuvalu. For more information, read COL Country Report: Tuvalu 2015-2021.  

  1. UNESCO Institute for Statistics Data Centre, retrieved in June 2021
  2. ILO. 2017. Improving Labour Market Outcomes in the Pacific: Policy Challenges and Priorities, pp. 40
  3. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ICT Eye Country profile, retrieved in March 2020

resources for tuvalu

OER Collection for Teachers in Tuvalu