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Skills or Jobs?

One of the dominant assumptions made about economic development and upward social mobility is that skills are central to both. Labour markets and forms of production, for goods and services have now changed to the point where this orthodoxy needs to be challenged. Rather than skills, what is required for economic development are decently paid […]

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The Future of Education in the Commonwealth Secretariat

“They’ve got a little List: it never would be missed”? (after the Mikado, by Gilbert & Sullivan) The Commonwealth Secretariat’s work in education is comparatively small beer when compared quantitatively with that of the ‘big boys’ in the world of education co-operation for development.  There are only six professionals and two support staff and a […]

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Continuing Commonwealth Support to Education: an urgent development priority

Among the international institutions that have embraced education as one of its focal areas, the Commonwealth stands out through its self-designated role as Advocate, Broker and Catalyst for the many constituents which it serves.  On of these constituents which in fact accounts for almost half of its membership is the community of small states.  The […]

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The Role of the Commonwealth in Supporting Education

2012 has seen Ministerial Task-Force proposals on ways for restructuring the Commonwealth Secretariat  command the attention of stakeholders across all Commonwealth education organisations.  At the heart of this are concerns that the role of education in Commonwealth activities could be marginalised, that the place for a dedicated education section within the Secretariat would be lost, […]

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Transforming girls’ education: how do we advance measurements of ‘success’?

The burgeoning discourse on girls’ education in a post-Millennium Development Goal world emphasises rights and quality as fundamental factors to supersede a focus so far on access.  Education programmes that concentrated on increasing girls’ enrolment in primary school have had significant success: the 2012 UN MDG Report announced global gender parity in primary school enrolment. […]

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