c/o The Association of Commonwealth Universities Woburn House

20–24 Tavistock Square London WC1H 9HF


Email: secretary@commonwealth

Website: www.commonwealth

Year established: 2001 Number of staff: No paid staff

Number of subscribing members:

18 institutions

Officers (2015):

Chair: Prof. Colin Power (CASTME)

Hon. President: Peter Williams

Treasurer: John Wood (ACU)

Secretary: Beth Kreling (CCfE)

Officer: Jenny Lewis

Aims and objectives:

The objectives of the Consortium are to promote the development of education throughout the Commonwealth by mobilising the contribution of education-based civil society organisations, and to constitute a forum to promote co-operation and exchange among member organisations.

Membership is open to any pan-Commonwealth organisation in the fields of education, youth and culture, with associate membership available to other international or national Commonwealth organisations sharing the Consortium’s objectives. Members pay a small annual subscription to meet office costs.

The Consortium has accredited status with the Commonwealth, giving representation at CHOGMs and the right to send an observer delegation to Conferences of Commonwealth Education Ministers.

Main activities:

• Major conferences coinciding with triennial CCEMs, most recently 18CCEM in 2012, Mauritius: ‘Education in the Commonwealth: Bridging
the Gap as we accelerate towards achieving internationally agreed goals’

• Two workshops in 2010 in Harare and London on revitalisation of the education sector in Zimbabwe, carried out in partnership with the Zimbabwe Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture and Link Community Development

• Workshop in Kampala, 2012, with Link Community Development on ‘Achievable Education for All’

• Submissions and representations to Commonwealth bodies and governments on issues concerning education and educational co- operation

• Participation in Commonwealth working groups and consultative meetings

• Projects and reports

Recent publications:

Implementing the Edinburgh Commonwealth Action Plan for Education: Ways Forward (2005)

Working Together in Education: A Commonwealth Update (2009, revised in 2012 as Educational Co- operation: Jewel in the Commonwealth Crown)

Commonwealth Education Directory (2006 with revised versions in 2009, 2012 and 2015)

A quarterly Commonwealth Education Calendar of forward meetings and events is published on the website.

Commonwealth Consortium for Education (CCfE)