Submissions have been made to each CHOGM and CCEM, arguing the case for education development and co-operation to be declared a Commonwealth priority. This was achieved through the Aso Rock Declaration (2003), Valletta Communique (2005), and in subsequent statements and declarations. The Consortium has argued strongly for effective Commonwealth strategies in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Education for All (EFA), but has emphasised the need to address education holistically, recognising the interdependence of the different levels and modes of education, and the linkages between education and other sectors.

It has stressed the importance of governments and inter-governmental organisations working with and through civil society. CCfE campaigned actively, with some success against the proposal made in 2012 that the Commonwealth Secretariat should disengage from education and disband its education staff.

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