Commonwealth Education Ministers first met in Oxford in 1959, where they inaugurated the Commonwealth Scholarship & Fellowship Plan, an intra-Commonwealth network of post-graduate study opportunities that boasts an alumni in excess of 25,000 citizens – including several Heads of Government. Since 1959, Education Ministers have come together every three years.
18CCEM: The 18th triennial Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM) will be held in Port Louis, Mauritius from 28 to 31 August 2012 with the theme of ‘Education in the Commonwealth: Bridging the gap as we accelerate towards internationally agreed goals (IAGs)’. Click here to find more information.
17CCEM: The 50th anniversary Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in June 2009. Representatives from 40 Commonwealth countries attended the conference to explore the theme of ‘Education in the Commonwealth: Towards and Beyond Global Goals and Targets’. From a shortlist of nine finalists, the Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards were presented to two Malaysian primary schools on June 16, 2009. Click here to find more information.
- 16CCEM: The 16th triennial Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers was held in Cape Town, South Africa in December 2006. Delegations from 36 Commonwealth countries convened to engage with the main theme, “Access to Quality Education: For the Good of All”. A parallel forum – Teachers, Youth, and Stakeholders – took place at the same time – it was the first forum for teachers held at a CCEM. The inaugural winners of the Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards, launched in 2005 and adjudicated prior to the conference, were announced at the closing ceremony on December 14, 2006. Find the Communiqué for the conference here.
- 15CCEM: Education Ministers and representatives from forty-eight Commonwealth countries met in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom in October 2003 for the 15th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (15CCEM). The participants reviewed progress in education across the Commonwealth in the context of the main theme of the conference, ‘Closing the Gap: Access, Inclusion and Achievement’. Find the Communiqué for the conference here.
- 14CCEM: Delegations from 45 Commonwealth countries attended the 14th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in November 2000. The main theme for the conference was ‘Education in a Global Era: Challenges to Equity, Opportunities for Diversity’ with five subthemes of accessibility, socal and economic development, enhancing cultural integrity, strengthening quality and promoting mobility. Find the Communiqué for the conference here.
- 13CCEM Gaborone, Botswana, 1997
- 12CCEM Islamabad, Pakistan, 1994
- 11CCEM Bridgetown, Barbados, 1990
- 10CCEM Nairobi, Kenya, 1987
- 9CCEM Nicosia, Cyprus, 1984
- 8CCEM Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1980
- 7CCEM Accra, Ghana, 1977
- 6CCEM Kingston, Jamaica, 1974
- 5CCEM Canberra, Australia, 1971
- 4CCEM Lagos, Nigeria, 1968
- 3CCEM Ottawa, Canada, 1964
- 2CCEM New Delhi, India, 1962
- 1CCEM Oxford, UK, 1959