Education has long been an area in which the Commonwealth makes a distinct contribution. Since 1959, Conferences of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEMs) have brought together ministers of education, officials, academics, teachers, students and civil society groups to engage with key priority issues for education.

Our education programme

The Commonwealth Secretariat’s demand-driven education programme reflects the mandates and priorities of education ministers, the values and principles of the Commonwealth Charter and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Through policy advocacy, technical assistance including toolkits and frameworks, and its strategic partnerships, the Secretariat works closely with member countries and partners to strengthen education systems and policies across the Commonwealth.

In its education projects and initiatives, the Secretariat looks to ensure that all Commonwealth learners can benefit from equitable and inclusive access to quality education.

Areas of work

Education frameworks and toolkits