The Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (BOCODOL) has been formed to improve access to learning opportunities on a nationwide scale for the out of school young adults. Open learning seeks to break down the barriers to personal development by providing flexible learning environments, enabling people to study what is relevant to their needs, at a time and place convenient to them. The learners learn from specially designed study materials, which use a combination of different types of media, methods and communication technologies, rather than through direct face-to-face mode of instruction as in conventional schools. In this way distance education allows them to study at home or in their workplace, at their own pace without having to leave their families or job commitments. Through its school equivalency programmes BOCODOL continues to bridge the education gap between various sections of the Botswana population structure. Informed by market surveys that are undertaken from time to time, the College has developed certificate level vocational management and professional programmes.