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2022 Commonwealth Day Lecture

Date: 14 March 2022, 11:00 – 12:30 GMT | Venue: Committee Room 10, Houses of Parliament, London SW1A 0AA

A Challenge for the Commonwealth?

Key Note Speaker: Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG QC

Read the full Lecture HERE

 

Rt. Hon. Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG QC was elected as a Member of Parliament in 1974 until 1997. In 1979, he was appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, at first in the Scottish Office and then in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, promoted to Minister of State in 1983.

He became a member of the Cabinet in 1986 as Secretary of State for Scotland. In 1990 he became Secretary of State for Transport and in 1992 he was appointed Secretary of State for Defence. From 1995-97 he held the post of Foreign Secretary. He was one of only four ministers to serve throughout the terms of Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major. In 1997 he was knighted in recognition of his public service.


Call for Evidence

Learning for forcibly displaced children and young people in the Commonwealth

The Council for Education in the Commonwealth (CEC) is pleased to share this call for evidence on learning for forcibly displaced children and young people in the Commonwealth.

Scope

The call for evidence is seeking information related to learning (including formal and non-formal education) for forcibly displaced children and young people aged 0-19 in the Commonwealth.

Questions

  • What challenges do forcibly displaced children and young people in the Commonwealth face in accessing learning?
  • What challenges do forcibly displaced children and young people in the Commonwealth face in terms of the quality of learning?
  • What non-academic challenges do forcibly displaced children and young people in the Commonwealth face that contribute to, or result from, limited access to quality education?
  • How can the Commonwealth, including Member State leaders and policymakers and the Commonwealth Secretariat, ensure better learning opportunities for forcibly displaced children?
  • What one issue or intervention, if addressed, would best ensure forcibly displaced children and young people in the Commonwealth could access quality learning?

Celebrating Professor Lalage Jean Bown's lifetime of service

The Council for Education in the Commonwealth (CEC) mourns the death on 17 December 2021 of one of its most active members, Professor Lalage Jean Bown, at the age of 94.  She had a fall at her home in Shrewsbury on December 13 and died in Shrewsbury Hospital four days later.

Lalage Bown was a truly remarkable woman whose many activities and achievements are recounted in the obituary notice by Robert Hamilton of the University of Glasow already posted on this website.  This chronicles her major contributions both in scholarly activity and in advancing the causes of universal access to education, women’s empowerment and community development and pride in one’s cultural heritage.  This short tribute will not cover that same ground but will focus on Lalage’s important contribution to the work of the Council for Education in the Commonwealth (CEC) and to Commonwealth educational cooperation.