Commonwealth Ministers Meet in the Bahamas, 22 - 26 June 2015
Quality Education for Equitable Development: Performance, Paths and Productivity
By Alba de Souza
The 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (19CCEM) was held in the Bahamas, from 22 – 26 June 2015. The Conference was opened by the Prime Minister of The Bahamas Rt. Hon. Perry Christie and the Commonwealth Secretary-General, H. E. Kamalesh Sharma. The Bahamian Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Hon. Jerome K Fitzgerald welcomed delegates and chaired the Conference proceedings.
The 19CCEM took place at an important period in education. The World Education Forum 2015 had just concluded in May 2015 resulting in the Incheon Declaration where the essential elements of the Education 2030 Framework for Action had been accepted and agreed upon. The Framework for Action would be fed into the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) due to be launched in September 2015. The 19CCEM was also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Commonwealth Secretariat where the education section has over the last 50 years had a great impact on Commonwealth countries.