The 18th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers took place at the world-class Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre (SVICC) in Mauritius between the 27th and 31st of August. The 18th CCEM Stakeholders Forum was the main parallel event supporting the Conference (hosted in the same venue), and was a major international education conference in its own right, comprising delegates from all education stakeholder groups – business, government, academia, civil society, and the development and donor communities. The Forum’s theme was ‘Education in the Commonwealth: Making it Happen’, approached via a total of 21 sessions, which saw considerable participation from ministers and senior officials. The Forum was based on the premise that delivering quality education in the Commonwealth increasingly involves the participation of ‘non-state actors’, with education ministers recognising that coherent education policy and planning require a more holistic approach involving communication and collaboration with these non-state actors. It supported the belief that stages of education, from early childhood education, through to tertiary education and lifelong learning, need to be viewed as part of a learner continuum; and state agencies and non-state actors need to communicate and collaborate more effectively.