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Secretary-General to address Council for Education in the Commonwealth Annual Conference

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland will deliver the keynote address at a major education conference in Namibia next week.

More than 230 people will attend the Council for Education in the Commonwealth’s annual conference in Windhoek from 28 to 30 August, the first time it has been held outside the UK.

In addition to ministers from the Government of Namibia, attendees will include The Association of Commonwealth Universities, the British High Commission, former UNESCO personnel, and a wide range of education stakeholders from across the Commonwealth. There will also be keynote speakers from South Africa, Kenya and Grenada.

The Secretary-General, who is on mission to the African nation for the first time, will also be meeting with President Hage Geingob, as well as other senior figures, to discuss Commonwealth priorities and identify areas of possible collaboration and support.

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Commonwealth Secretary-General, Baroness Scotland confirmed as key-note speaker

Just a few weeks away from the CEC Annual Conference to be held for the first time in memory outside of London. Our hosts in Namibia, the University of Namibia (UNAM), have organised a splendid programme over the period 27th – 31st August and some 230 delegates are expected to join with Baroness Scotland, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Dr Joanna Newman, the Secretary General and CEO of the ACU, and colleagues from CEC to discuss the Conference Objectives:


Education to support a Peace-Building Commonwealth

Venue: Palace of Westminster | Monday 13 March 1015 – 1230

Host: Lord (Tom) McNally, CEC Parliamentary Patron

Chair: Alastair Niven LVO OBE, Board Member, CEC

The year’s Commonwealth Day Westminster Seminar took its focus from this year’s Commonwealth theme: ‘A peace-building Commonwealth’. To address some of the education specific concerns the conference first considered the nature and impact of conflicts, their resolution and the important role of civil society groups within peacbuilding. Positive and negative factors associated with education were identified and some successful interventions suggested that might advise future peacebuilong initiatives.