Educational Development in the Small States of the Commonwealth

Retrospect and Prospect

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This book is a significant contribution to the literature on educational development in small states. It examines the forces shaping the work carried out by the Commonwealth Secretariat, including ministerial mandates and meetings of experts and reviews the varied programmes of activities that have resulted. Particular acknowledgement is given to the seminal influence of the Mauritius Meeting of Experts on Education in Small States held in 1985 and to the seven sets of thematic activities that this initiated. The book is designed to contribute to a new Commonwealth consultative process, and suggests a possible framework to help identify key questions for contemporary consideration, and potential themes and strategies for further development.



Historical Background

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 independent sovereign states encompassing 30% of the world's population. The Commonwealth Secretariat, established in 1965, acts as the Commonwealth's own civil service and as a development agency. It implements mandates agreed at biennial meetings of the Commonwealth Heads of Government and at triennial Minister's meetings and facilitates a wide range of activities on behalf of member states.


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