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network The Long View Educationalists flock to commonwealth The Bahamas for 19CCEM The 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers saw ministers looking at post-2015 targets for education, including the need to increase access to primary education Jerome K. Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology for The Bahamas, addresses the conference June saw the great and good from the world pioneering Commonwealth Accelerated of education gather in The Bahamas for Development Mechanism for Education, the 19th Conference of Commonwealth which will support countries’ harmonisation Education Ministers (19CCEM). The triennial with the internationally agreed post- conference explored the theme ‘Quality 2015 agenda. Education for Equitable Development: Performance, Ministers endorsed the Incheon Declaration, Paths and Productivity’ through which frames a vision for progress ministers’ discussions and parallel events, on education by 2030. The meeting also including the Stakeholders’ Forum, Youth saw the official inclusion of a specific forum Forum and Teachers’ Forum. for small states, which the ministers Coming just a month after the World saw as a significant step in ensuring that Education Forum, 19CCEM looked at the the voice of small states continues to be decisions made at the forum in South Korea heard on the world stage, given that 31 of and built on the work of the 18CCEM Ministerial the 53 Commonwealth nations are small Working Group on the Post-2015 states. Likewise, the role of education in Agenda. The group had proposed education building resilience was championed as a goals for the Commonwealth covering key factor in combating issues of vulnerability, primary, secondary and tertiary education. particularly those faced by small A new working group was formed at states, such as climate change, migration, 19CCEM, tasked with developing the mobility and financing. 70 l www.global -br ief ing.org four th quar ter 2015 global © The Bahamas government The meeting also celebrated successes that have been achieved to date in the drive for universal primary education, but noted that achievements on access leave much work to be done in the areas of equitable provision and quality. The 2015-16 edition of the annual publication Commonwealth Education Partnerships was also launched at 19CCEM, featuring articles from eminent commentators on education in the Commonwealth, as well as profiles of each of the 53 member countries. The meeting also saw the launch of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Education Hub – a virtual ‘one-stop-shop’ where professionals can connect with their peers and tap into a vast array of information and services (see page 82). The statement put out by the Teachers’ Forum following its meeting in The


Global 21 fourth quarter 2015
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