About CCfE

The Commonwealth Consortium for Education was established by a group of education-related Commonwealth NGOs, to coordinate their efforts on behalf of Commonwealth education, to stimulate more coherence in their work and to provide a collective mechanism for interaction with ministries and official Commonwealth organisations.


To promote the development of education throughout the Commonwealth

To provide analysis to support the formulation of policies on Commonwealth educational cooperation

To assist Commonwealth inter-governmental agencies to draw on CSO resources and expertise

To develop and disseminate models of good practice in education

To constitute a forum which will promote co-operation by members

History & Structure

CCfE links a wide range of pan-Commonwealth civil-society organisations (CSOs) in education, responding to Commonwealth Governments’ encouragement of the formation of civil-society sectoral groups. It was founded in 2001 and formally constituted in 2003 as a group of civil-society bodies committed to education in the Commonwealth. It is a voluntary association with no paid staff. Officers (Chair, Alternate Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Officer) work through an Executive Committee. The Consortium received formal accreditation to the Commonwealth in December 2004.



Professor Colin Power, Australia

Alternate Chair:

Mark Robinson, CHEC


Beth Kreling, CEC


Dr Joanna Newman, ACU

Hon President:

Peter Williams


Regular contact with policy makers and submissions to Commonwealth ministerial meetings.

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Conferences & Workshops

Convening policy-oriented events to explore key education topics.

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Project Work

Projects to support education development and cooperation.

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Quarterly education calendar, directory of Commonwealth organisations and programmes, reports and briefings.

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CCfE and the Commonwealth

The Consortium is accredited to the Commonwealth and has been awarded Observer status at each Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM) since 2003. It also receives accredited status at Heads of Government meetings (CHOGMs). Reciprocally the Secretariat, Foundation and Commonwealth of Learning receive ‘Special Membership’ by CCfE’s constitution.

The Consortium participates actively in consultations organised by the intergovernmental bodies and has been represented on official working groups and advisory committees planning, monitoring and in some cases implementing Commonwealth activities, including the Commonwealth Teacher Recruitment Protocol, the Commonwealth post-2015 Education Framework, the Commonwealth Education Hub and CCEMs/Stakeholder Forums.