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Influential report on education priorities for Commonwealth small states

Professor Michael Crossley

Professor Michael Crossley

15 June 2009

Professor Michael Crossley, (Research centre for International and Comparative Studies), at the Graduate School of Education, presented the report with collaborator, Mark Bray, Director of the UNESCO international Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) at the 17th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 14th June 2009.

Professor Michael Crossley

Professor Michael Crossley

The report entitled ‘Education in the Small States of the Commonwealth: Towards and beyond global goals and targets ’ is the result of an in-depth study of the impact and implications of changing global trends and events on educational policy and practice in the small states of the Commonwealth. These factors include: the global financial crisis, climate change, globalisation, the knowledge economy, migrations and the influence of international education agendas and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The research involved original statistical work, drawing upon government and international databases; in-depth qualitative interviews with key small states personnel (education planners, ministers of education and researchers); consultative feedback processes; and theoretically informed and critical reviews of the international literature on education in small states world-wide. The report will generate new knowledge in this strategically important arena for the Commonwealth, where the majority of member states are classified with small populations.

The 17th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers is described as the biggest and most important education meeting of 2009 worldwide. Commonwealth Education Ministers meet at this key event every three years to discuss issues of mutual concern and interest, share ideas, and challenges and identify future goals and directions.  The theme for this year’s 50th anniversary conference is ‘Education in the Commonwealth: Towards and Beyond Global Goals and Targets’. The meeting brings together a diverse range of educational stakeholders, including Education Ministers, senior officials, and representatives from national and international agencies, academics, teachers, NGOs, youth and the private sector.

Read the report Education in the Small States of the Commonwealth: Towards and beyond global goals and targets (PDF, 256kB)

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