The Commonwealth Secretariat has joined forces with globally recognised youth organisations, including global youth leadership organisation, AIESEC, the Volunteer Service Overseas International, Rotary International, India’s youth organisation, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, and the Big Six – an alliance of leading international youth-serving bodies.
youth organisations working with us, representing millions of young people
independent member countries make up the Commonwealth
1.2 billion
people aged between 15 and 29 live in the Commonwealth

Backed by compelling research, non-formal education - defined as structured programmes outside the formal education curriculum designed to improve a range of skills and competencies - have become more popular in recent decades.

There is growing recognition of the importance of organisations and clubs focused on themes such as personal development, leadership, confidence-building, sports, drama, and music.

In fact, Commonwealth Education Ministers at their summit in 2018 acknowledged the contribution of non-formal learning to supporting young people and building their resilience.

This sparked the idea of a Commonwealth partnership with existing youth organisations to promote and expand non-formal education and youth leadership in its 54 countries, and led to the birth of the Commonwealth Non-Formal Education Alliance.


We acknowledged the contribution of non-formal and informal learning in building the resilience of young people and the role of youth and community workers in delivering non-formal and informal education.

Nadi Declaration on Education

We recognise the important contribution of non-formal education and its role in the development of young people’s knowledge, skills, and competencies for employability, digital and life skills, as well as experience in working in teams, problem-solving, and being creative and entrepreneurial."

21 Conference of Education Ministers