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.



Towards a Framework for Future Commonwealth Initiatives Relating to Educational Development in Small States

The 1990s have seen much convergence in global educational priorities, partly stimulated by the influence of international development bodies such as the World Bank (1995), UNDP, and governmental aid agencies. The impact of the 1990 World Conference on Education for All held in Jomtien, Thailand, for example, can be seen in educational priorities, plans and projects worldwide (Little, Hoppers and Gardner, 1996). While 155 national governments were represented at Jomtien, and many development agencies claim to be increasingly responsive to local needs, a number of familiar themes and issues do characterise what some see as an international agenda that remains highly influenced by contemporary Western values and priorities (Samoff, 1996; Montgomery 1997).


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