Education & Youth Reports

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Realising Women’s Rights in the Commonwealth

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women discusses the critical issue of gender equality and women’s rights, reflecting on progress so far and looking ahead at the challenges that remain.

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Investing in Youth to Harness Africa’s Demographic Dividend

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the Africa Union Commission, discusses the African Union’s theme for 2017: Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth, and looks at the four key pillars that are critical to driving change and setting African countries on the path towards harnessing the demographic dividend.

Professor Asha Kanwar

Open and Distance Learning for Sustainable Development

Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), makes it clear that to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education that promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all, we must find ways to reach learners regardless of where they are and do so efficiently and at scale.

Nasir Kazmi

Technical and Vocational Education and Training in the Commonwealth

Nasir Kazmi, Education Adviser at the Commonwealth Secretariat, makes the case for strengthening bridging mechanisms between young people and their prospective employers to tackle the youth unemployment challenge in the Commonwealth, and introduces findings of a recent Commonwealth review into current practice and effectiveness of Sector Skills Councils.

Tove R Wang

Why Invest in Quality Learning Environments

Tove R Wang, Chair of Save the Children’s global education portfolio, probes the reasons why millions of children are excluded from learning, and argues that if we make learning environments accessible, safe, protective, inclusive and stimulating, we can fulfil many more girls’ and boys’ right to education and learning.

Helen Jones MBE

Preventing Child Marriage in the Commonwealth

Helen Jones MBE, Director of Youth Affairs and Education Programmes at The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS), explores the role of education in preventing child marriage and highlights the part played by the RCS and its partners in building momentum to get the issue onto the agenda of the formal Commonwealth.

Sonny Leong

An Education System for the Future

Sonny Leong, Chair of the Council for Education in the Commonwealth, makes a plea for the world education system to remodel itself into a network that embraces an open attitude to the future and prepares our young people for the opportunities of continuing change.

Aaron Benavot

Education Systems Need a Major Re-Think

Aaron Benavot, Director of the Global Education Monitoring Report, examines the shortcomings of education systems and points out that achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Commonwealth is heavily dependant on a new approach to learning.

Gordon Brown

Investment in Education - The Key to the SDGs

Gordon Brown, former UK Prime Minister and Chairman of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity, argues for more attention to education finance to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and calls on the G20 to support an International Finance Facility for education.

Helen Clark

The Commonwealth in a Post-2015 World

Helen Clark, former Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and former Prime Minister of New Zealand, asserts that youth, innovation and sustainable development should be at the heart of the Commonwealth post-2015.