Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council (CYEC)


Award House
7–11 St Matthew Street London SW1P 2JT

Telephone: (44) 20 3727 4300


Year established: 1970

Number of staff: None

Number of subscribing members:

1 institution

Annual expenditure: £337,000 in 2014

Officers (2015):

Chair: Claire Whitaker

Director of Youth Affairs and Education: Helen Jones MBE

Aims and objectives:

CYEC is an education and youth development charity. Its aim is ‘to advance the education of children and young persons in Commonwealth countries and to advance and promote educational exchange between people and institutions in different Commonwealth countries’. CYEC’s main objectives are the development of young people, educators and their institutions through promotion of the Commonwealth and international understanding. CYEC works to further its mission through a range of partnerships across the Commonwealth. In 2014 CYEC became a subsidiary charity of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

Main activities:

Commonwealth Teacher Exchange Programme (CTEP): Administration of a government-recognised interchange programme for teachers and educators between UK, Australia and Canada (one-year post- to-post professional exchange), working with state education partners (ongoing).

Raising awareness of the Commonwealth and its values: Running events for young people and educationalists.

CYEC Education Archive: In 2014 the 40-year educational archive, representing a history of young people’s cultural relations in the Commonwealth, was catalogued and transferred to the University of London’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies (Modern Collections), creating an accessible and valuable national resource for future research.

Youth programmes:

• Promoted high-quality two-way group exchanges, linking young people in local communities around the UK with their peers across the Commonwealth

• Young emerging leaders programmes, including Commonwealth ChangeMakers South Asia (2013), a youth leadership programme based on the Commonwealth Charter and learning about human rights, democracy and development; and Games without Frontiers (Sport for Peace and Development initiative, 2013) in the run-up to Glasgow Commonwealth Games

• Commonwealth Youth Forum: founder and convenor for Sri Lanka 2013

Recent publications:

Commonwealth Youth Forum Final Communiqué Statement 2013