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Commonwealth Education Events: 2020  

         Date    Organisation                                           Event
January 8-11 CASTME Stand and STEM Workshop at Annual Conference of Association of Science Education (ASE).  U. of Reading. Announcement of Findel CASTME Award Winners
January 16 CTEF Forum.  Commonwealth academics in Malaysian universities: bane or boon? Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
January 17 CEC 60th Anniversary celebratory event.  Half-day conference. Theme: Fit for purpose: health, sport and play in education.  2.30p.m., followed by a Reception.  Marlborough House..
January 19-22 UK Government Departments and British Council



Education World Forum (Education ministers and national delegations). Theme: One generation – What does it take to transform education?  By invitation.

Includes UK Government pre-Reception for Commonwealth Education Ministers on January 20 – by invitation only.

January 21 ICWS Kigale 2020: How serious IS the Commonwealth about media freedom? 6.00pm, Portcullis House, Palace of Westminster. Attendance by prior registration only
January 22


UK Parliament  All-Party Parliamentary Group on Education for All.  Discussion Marking International Day for Education: Heralding the Decade for Leaving No Girl Behind.


Alice Albright, CEO, Global Partnership for Education

Andrew Stephenson MP Minister of State, DFID

Pauline Rose, Impact Initiative and Director of the REAL Centre, University of Cambridge (moderator)

Wilson Room, Portcullis House, Westminster  18.00-19.00

January 23


ComSec Commonwealth Education Ministers Action Group. Marlborough House.
British Council Schools and Skills Policy Dialogue.  Theme  Empowering world class leadership in schools and colleges. British Council HQ, Spring Gardens, London.  By invitation.
January 24 (First) International Day of Education

Following adoption on December 3, 2018, by the United Nations General Assembly of a resolution proclaiming January 24 as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for bringing global peace and sustainable development.

January 27-29 ACU, Wilton Park Conference. Higher education: global engagement to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Wilton Park, West Sussex, UK. By invitation only.
January 29 – 30 COL in collaboration with UNESCO Regional workshop. Capacity building on open educational resources: policies and practices. Rodney Bay, Gros Islet. St Lucia
January 30 ACU Talk. What role for universities in sustainable development?  Speaker: Tristan McCowan UCL Institute for Education.

ACU, Woburn House, London, UK.

February 3-5 CF South-South exchange: Accountable governance for people with disabilities: a learning exchange. India. Sharing experiences and tactics and learning from one another to improve practice in participatory governance initiatives for the rights/ needs of people with disabilities in CW countries.
February 4 REAL U Cambridge Seminar series Research for Equitable Access and Learning , Faculty of Education Seminar Series Lent Term (Tuesdays 1300-1400

Perceptions of quality teaching in Rwandan secondary schools.  Anthony Onwuegbuzi, Nidhi Singhal Room 1S3

February 5 ICWS Book launch: Nearly the New World: the British West Indies and the flight from Nazism 1933-1945.. By Joanna Newman, G22/26, Senate House
February 5-7 ACLALS Indian Branch (IACLALS). Annual Conference, Theme: Reimag(in)ing identities in the global south: challenges, transgressions and articulations. Jadavpur Univ, Kolkata.
Feb 6-9;11-12 CF, Commonwealth Writers Craft development workshop for selected Caribbean writers submitting a story to the CW Short Story Prize.   Guyana
February 11


IFCO Forum meeting. Royal Overseas League. 6 Park Place, St. James’s Street, SW1A 1LR.  1300
REAL U. Cambridge Seminar series Preparing the soil of motivation and life long learning in education systems Sharath Jeevan STiR Education Rm1S3
February 12 CASTME Partnership meeting with  National Council of Women- Malta at NCW Learning Centre, Blata-l-Bajda, Malta
February 13 ICWS Lecture Series on Legacies of colonialism in the modern world 1.Legacies of colonialism or the persistence of empire? The French and British cases  Prof Robert Gildea, Univ of Oxford. Chancellors Hall, Senate Ho 1730-1930.

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February 15 CGEF Annual Valentine’s Gala – reception, dinner, live entertainment.  Royal Overseas League 1830-2200.


February 17-19 Commonwealth Foundation (CF) Amplifying women’s voices for peace.  Three-day dialogue involving women peace advocates from the Commonwealth working on UNSCR1325.   Malaysia
February 18 REAL, U Cambridge Seminar series African based education researchers – What do we know?Samuel Asare, Pauline Rose (REAL Centre).  Room 1S3
February 19 CEID, UCL Institute of Education (IOE) CEID Education in Conflict and Emergencies Seminar Series 2019/20.  Rethinking higher education for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, Book here.
February 20 ICWS Lecture Series on Legacies of colonialism in the modern world.   2. Brexit, education and Empire  Emeritus Prof. Sally Tomlinson, (Goldsmiths, U of London).  22/26, Senate House 1730-1930.  .  Book via
February 21 RCS Commonwealth Family Day at Westminster Abbey, London
February 25 REAL U Cambridge Seminar series Can the promise of education technology be realised to accelerate progress and increase quality in education? Susan Nicolai, Overseas Development Inst.  Room 1S3
February 26 CASTME Trustees meeting
February 27 BAICE, Univ Coll London, U E London ESRC Thematic Seminar. Diaspora and internationalisation in higher education.  Montague Room, U of London Senate House Malet St WC1E 7HU,   0930-1630
March 8-13






Venue:  South African Museum, Cape Town

March 8   Meeting to discuss redevelopment of the CAM Distance Learning Programme: Basic Certificate in Museum Studies.


March 9-10  Pre-conference workshops: 1. Collections management and preventive conservation of human remains and sacred belongings; and 2. Interpreting difficult history: curation and education.


March 11-13    Conference.  Living forward, looking back: museum practice for postcolonial futures,

March 14-15  Post-Conference tours
March 9


Commonwealth Day 2020

Theme: Delivering a common future: connecting, innovating, transforming

CEC Commonwealth lecture:  ‘Combating slavery in the modern Commonwealth: education’s role’. Dame Sara Thornton DBE QPM, UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. Room G, Palace of Westminster. 1100.
Council of CW Societies, RCS p.m  The Commonwealth Day Service, Westminster Abbey.  By invitation.   Information from RCS
ComSec Evening.  Reception. Marlborough House..  By invitation
March 9 – 13 CF, ComSec Commission on the Status of Women 64. Women’s rights bodies and women-led organisations from across the Commonwealth participate.  London. 
March 10 REAL U. Cambridge Early Childhood Education and Disability.  Paul Lynch, University of Southampton.  Room 1S3
ICWS Workshop: Religion, media freedom and the Commonwealth. Mary Ward House Conference Centre, Bloomsbury. Prior registration required.
March 11 ComSec


Ceremony.  Commonwealth 2020 Youth Awards for Excellence in Development
March 11-13 ACU, ComSec, British Council 3rd of three Commonwealth Futures workshops. The role of student leaders in creating cohesive societies.

J. P. Jindal University, Haryana, India

March 12 ICWS Lecture Series on Legacies of colonialism in the modern world.   3.  The postcolonial legacies of the Criminal Tribes Act in India Dr Sarah Gandee (Inst of Historical Research)

G22/26, Senate Ho.1730-1930.  Book via

March 16-20 ACU, Kwame Nkrumah U, for Science Technology


Conference/workshop. Developing the next generation of researchers.  Exploring innovative approaches to professional development and collaboration.  KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana. Information from
March 18 CEID, UCL Institute of Education (IOE) CEID Education in Conflict and Emergencies Seminar Series 2019/20. Strengthening the education in emergencies data architecture, Book here.
March 18-19 COL in collaboration with UNESCO Regional workshop. Capacity building on open educational resources: policies and practices.  Victoria, Seychelles.
March 22-26 CIES Comparative and International Education Society annual conference.  Education beyond the human.  Miami.
March 24 CEC 48th Meeting of the Support Group for CSFP. ACU, Tavistock Sq 1315-1500.  Members only.
March 31 ROSL Evelyn Wrench Lecture.  Impact of climate change on the Commonwealth.  ROSL, Park St, St James 1900- 2030.
April 21-24 ComSec, CARICOM Workshopp.  Roll-out to education planning officers of Caribbean member states of The Commonwealth Education Policy Framework. Georgetown, Guyana.
April 23 ICWS Lecture Series on Legacies of colonialism in the modern world.   4. The Windrush generation and the hostile environment. Amelia Gentleman, Guardian journalist in conversation with Dr Juanita Cox (ICWS). Book via
April 29-30 COL in collaboration with UNESCO Regional workshop. Capacity building on open educational resources: policies and practices.  Oakland, New Zealand.
April 30 Round Table Conference. Decolonising the university and its curriculum: the challenge for the Commonwealth. U of Birmingham.
May 13-15 ComSec Committee of the Whole (CoW) meeting to discuss Agenda and draft output documents for CHOGM. Marlborough Ho.
May 18-20 ACLALS European Branch (EACLALS).  Triennial Conference. Theme: Transcultural mo(ve)ments: memories, writings, embodiments. University of Cardiff. Wales
May 27-28 COL in collaboration with UNESCO Regional workshop. Capacity building on open educational resources: policies and practices. New Delhi, India
May 27- June 6 CLEA CLEA- Menon Inst of Legal Advocacy & Training. (MILAT)  Summer School 2020.  Human rights & justice. New Delhi.
May 29-31 ACLALS Sri Lankan Branch.  Conference.  Theme: Continuing postcolonialism   University of Peradineya.
May 30-June 1 ACLALS Canadian Branch (CACLALS). Conference at Congress 2020, Western University, London, Ontario,  Theme: Ecologies of alliance in a divided age.
June (tbc) CF Climate change and gender in the Caribbean. Civil society leaders in the Caribbean examine methods to mainstream gender analysis in their programming strategies.
June 21 CAM Museums & ICT in Africa, Pre-CHOGM Symposium, Kigali
June 22-28 ComSec, Govt.  of Rwanda Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), and associated forums  Kigali, Rwanda.

CHOGM Theme: Delivering a common future: connecting, innovating, transforming.

Sub-themes: (i) Governance and rule of law (ii) ICT and innovation (iii) Youth (iv) Environment (v) Trade.

Tentative schedule in Rwanda includes:

CW Youth Forum  (Sun 21-Tues 23)

Organiser: Layne Robinson ComSec

CW People’s Forum  (Mon 23-Wed 25)

Organiser: CW Foundation

CW Women’s Forum  (Mon 22- Tues 23)

Organiser: Gender Section, ComSec
CW Business Forum  (Tues 23-Thurs 25)

Organiser: C’wealth Enterprise & Investment Council
Thurs 25 Foreign Affairs Ministers meet
Friday 26  CHOGM Opening and Plenary
Saturday 27 Heads of Government Retreat and
CW Foreign Affairs Ministers meet with civil society

June 29-30 British Council Going Global 2020,  QEII Centre London.  Theme: Global learners, global innovation.
July 7 tbc CEC, CSCUK and CPA(UK) Parliament event for Commonwealth Scholars CPA Room, Westminster Hall, 1400-1730.  By invitation
July 23 ComSec 10th Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting. Tokyo
August 2-10 ACU ACU Summer School 2020.  The Migration generation? Climate, youth and refugees.  Univ of Cape Coast, Ghana
August 23-29 CAPA-ATUPA Conference. The future of jobs: training, workforce development and reskilling Africa. Harare, Zimbabwe.
September 1-4 CCEAM 50th anniversary Celebratory Conference.  Theme: Educational leadership for sustainable development and global citizenship.  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

More details:

September 21-24 ACU, Amity U. Uttar Pradesh HR in HE Community Conference.  Universities in a changing world: challenges and opportunities for HR.  Amity University Uttar Pradesh in New Delhi.  Further info. from
September 23-25 BAICE

Conference. Partnerships in education: collaboration, co-operation and co-optation.  University of Edinburgh. 

September 30 CLEA Closing date for entries to CLEA Essay Competition
October 2-4 Uppingham Seminars Residential seminar.  Indigenous peoples and education. Bishop Woodford House, Ely, Cambridgeshire.  For more information apply to the convenor, Prof Alan Rogers at
November 3-5 IIEP-UNESCO,  Min. Education Malaysia, Malaysian Quals. Agency, CTEF Policy Forum,  SDG4: planning for flexible learning pathways in higher education.  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
January 24 International Day of Education
End-February CAM, with National Museum of Kenya and ICOM Kenya Pre-CCEM workshop on Museum education in Africa. Nairobi.
CEC Annual Conference. Nairobi, Kenya tbc
March 1-5 ComSec, Govenment of Kenya 21st Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (21CCEM). Kenya International Convention Centre, Nairobi
March 14                                                  Commonwealth Day 2021
October/Nov UNESCO General Conference, Paris
October 5                                                 World Teachers Day


Key to acronyms and contact details of sponsoring organisations

(* = CCfE Members, + = CCfE Associate Members,)


ACEAB*      –   Association of Commonwealth Examination and Accreditation Bodies

ACLALS*    –   Association of Commonwealth Literature & Language Studies

ACU*          –   Association of Commonwealth Universities

BAICE         –   British Association of International and Comparative Education                  http.//

BC               –   British Council

BUILD*          Building Understanding through International Links for Development

CADME       –   Commonwealth Accelerated Development Mechanism for Education

CAM*          –   Commonwealth Association of Museums  

CAPA*        –   Commonwealth Ass’n of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa

CASTME*   –   Commonwealth Ass’n of Science, Mathematics & Technology Teachers    http//

CCEAM*     –   Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management

CCfE           –   Commonwealth Consortium for Education

CCS           –   Council of Commonwealth Societies

CCL            –   Commonwealth Countries’ League

CEC*          –   Council for Education in the Commonwealth

CEID          –   Centre for Education and International Development, UCL Institute of Education

CET*          –   Commonwealth Education Trust

CF*             Commonwealth Foundation

CGEF*        –   Commonwealth Girls Education Fund (formerly CCLEF)                            

CHEC*       –   Commonwealth Human Ecology Council

CLEA*        –   Commonwealth Legal Education Association

COL*            –   Commonwealth of Learning

ComSec     –   Commonwealth Secretariat

CPA UK      –   Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (UK Branch)

CSA*          –   Commonwealth Students’ Association

CSC              Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom

CSFP         –   Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

CTEF         –   Commonwealth Tertiary Education Facility                                     

CTG*         –   Commonwealth Teachers’ Group

CYC           –   Commonwealth Youth Council

ESU           The English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth

ICWS          –   Institute of Commonwealth Studies

RCS*         –   Royal Commonwealth Society

REAL        –   Research for Equitable Access and Learning Centre (U of Cambridge)

ROSL+     –   Royal Over-Seas League

UKFIET    –    UKFIET- the Education and Development Forum                                 

UNESCO –    United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization

VUSSC    –    Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth



The calendar can also be accessed online via