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Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC will be attending the Conference and deliver the key note address
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May 21-23, 2019
Students: Our Common Wealth. A Focus on Student Success
Hosted at St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies.
The Commonwealth Education Conference Committee invites you to attend the 2019 CEC Conference, a Council for Education in the Commonwealth–St. George’s University joint event to be held at St. George’s University, located in Grenada, West Indies from May 21 – May 23, 2019. The theme this year is “Students: Our Common Wealth. A Focus on Student Success”. With our theme, we aim to explore a range of questions:
Students in the 21st Century face many daunting challenges but what are governments, education institutions and teachers doing to better meet their life and employment needs?
- What is ‘success’ in the education context, and from whose perspective?
- What are the main challenges facing education provision for the 21st Century, in the Caribbean and beyond?
- What are the needs of students, and how might these differ according to level, location and finance?
What more should we all be doing to enhance learning experiences, wherever the student might be studying?
The Annual Gladwyn Lecture 2018
The Windrush Generation & Lost Educational Opportunities: How can the Commonwealth learn from this?
Speaker: Rt Hon David Lammy MP
The many forms of disadvantage and discrimination faced by the Windrush Generation have been brought to the fore this year, particularly as a result of David Lammy’s powerful campaign. However, over the last 60 years these once-welcomed immigrants and their families have faced real challenges in achieving equity of access to education and at all levels of provision.
Venue: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Room Palace of Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
Date: Thursday 13th December 2018 | Time: 18:00 – 20:00 | Chair: Sonny Leong CBE
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Click HERE to read David's keynote speech
Date: 17 October 2018 | Time: 18:30 to 20:00 | Venue: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK, Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster, London SW1A 0PW
In many parts of the world, especially in Africa and Asia, the education of girls is limited and even curtailed by cultural and social inhibitions surrounding menstruation. This is a massively important issue but, because of sensitivities about what can be mentioned in polite society, it is very often ignored, blighting the lives of thousands of young women and thwarting the development of whole countries. The CEC has brought together four experts in the field, all of whom have practical experience of alleviating the problem through practical action.
This discussion will be a major opportunity to hear about one of the most vital matters affecting the education of young women, and possible solutions through collaboration. All are welcome.
We are pleased to sponsor this event which is organised by Commonwealth Human Ecology Council
India and the Commonwealth: Policies, People and Politics – can the media help with the future?
Speaker: Sir Mark Tulley KBE
Thursday 13 September 2018, 18:00-21:00 | Venue: Royal Overseas League, Princess Alexandra Hall, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR
Shared Commonwealth Values in Education: Where are we now?
Date: 22 May 2018 | Time: 10:05 – 15:00 | Venue: The British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1 A2BN
With the Commonwealth higher up on the British Government's agenda than ever before and a vigorous Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting behind us, this is a moment to look to the future with new determination.
We hear much uplifting talk about the Commonwealth being bound together by shared values, but apart from aspects of a common history, what exactly are these values and are they in good health?
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20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (20CCEM)
Fiji | 19-22 February 2018
Sustainability and Resilience: Can education deliver?
The Integrated Partners’ Forum (IPF) takes place alongside the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (20CCEM).
The forum provides a platform for stakeholders to network and exchange ideas, and opportunities for representatives to meet and engage with ministers and
education policy makers.
HOW THE COMMONWEALTH NETWORK OF RELATIONSHIPS CAN CONTRIBUTE TO PEACE
Venue: Committee Room 10, Palace of Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
Date: Wednesday 13th December 2017 | Time: 18:00 – 20:00
Speaker: Professor Lord Alderdice FRCPsych
Chair: Tom Brake MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Exiting the European Union and International Trade and Shadow First Secretary of State
When Lord Alderdice participated in the panel that wrote “Civil Paths to Peace” (the Commonwealth initiative chaired by Nobel laureate, Amartya Sen) he brought both his experience in the Irish Peace Process and that of working on a number of other violent political conflicts.
We are sorry to have to announce that CEC has decided to postpone its ‘Student Voices’ conference scheduled for 1 November until the Spring. We are doing this following much deliberation as we have really excellent speakers lined up (including a strong group of students); institutions and organisations contacted also agreed that the topic is very relevant. However we have found it very challenging to attract student delegates for the event so early in the Academic Year. Additionally staff are under great pressure across the HE sector at present, and our potential university partners said they found it impossible to commit time to draw together staff and students to represent them as delegates.
We do intend to re-launch the event again in the Spring and will be seeking ideas from colleagues across the sector. We will be in touch with you in due course.
Many thanks for your continuing interest ….
Students, both international and from the UK, pay considerable sums of money to attend universities and understandably they look for high quality support.
This year’s CEC Commonwealth Horizon focuses on students and the role of institutions - in terms of support for learning and teaching, research, living experiences and also preparation for future employment. The starting point for our conference is the students: we want to listen to them, to understand better their ever-evolving expectations and learn of experiences to date.
We will explore some best practice examples from universities and also consider how research can serve to highlight where gaps might be.
Council for Education in the Commonwealth is launching an appeal to get children back to school in the Commonwealth Caribbean countries affected by Irma.
Many children across the Commonwealth have been preparing to return to school this week, but for those in the Caribbean, they have instead faced unprecedented destruction caused by the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in recorded history.
COUNCIL FOR EDUCATION IN THE COMMONWEALTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Safari Hotel and Conference Centre, Windhoek, Namibia | 28 & 29 August 2017
In the lush surroundings of the Safari Hotel and Conference Centre, over two hundred delegates together with VIPs from the Namibian Government, press and TV crews gathered for the Council for Education in the Commonwealth (CEC) Annual Conference, jointly organised with the University of Namibia. Delegates came from Namibia, Southern and Eastern Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.
This first venture for the CEC outside the United Kingdom was an ambitious undertaking for everyone involved. Its theme, essentially linkages between higher education and industry and their potential for development, took us out of exclusively academic terrain. We were basing ourselves in a young country, with only a handful of our own members able to be present. It is a pleasure, therefore, to report that the occasion was a great success. The conference was well covered in the local media and attracted highly qualified Namibian and international speakers.