Garemotlhose Junction, Western Bye-Pass
Block 6, Plot 39972 Gaborone
+267 318 0094 / +267 364 6088

About us

SADC – CDE was established in June 2005 as an initiative of Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministries of Education. It is hosted by Ministry of Education and Skills Development (now Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology), Botswana and housed at Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (BOCODOL), now the (Botswana Open University).

Our Vision

Excellence in Open and Distance Learning.

Our Mission

SADC – CDE provides capacity building programmes for effective and efficient management of ODL institutions within the SADC countries and acts as a repository for institutions’ information, materials and expertise. This is achieved through;

  • Responsive and relevant training,
  • Collecting and disseminating ODL
  • information and materials,
  • Facilitation of collaboration amongst ODL institutions,
  • Maintaining up to date database of
  • research and expertise information, and
  • Establishing and maintaining a Web Site.

Our Values

  • Quality Service: SADC-CDE strives for excellence.
  • Team work: SADC-CDE promotes collaboration amongst ODL institutions.
  • Consultation: SADC-CDE shall adopt the right modes of effective communication in dealing with beneficiaries of our services.
  • Life long Learning: SADC-CDE shall promote the culture of continuous learning and quest for excellence.



Garemotlhose Junction, Western Bye-Pass
Block 6, Plot 39972/1 Gaborone

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