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Commonwealth Ministerial Working Group on the Post-2015 Development Framework for Education held on 13 December 2012 in London

Commonwealth Ministerial Working Group on the Post-2015 Development Framework for Education held on 13 December 2012 in London, England.


During the 18th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (18 CCEM) held in Mauritius from 28 to 31 August 2012, Commonwealth Education Ministers set up a Ministerial Working Group to formulate recommendations for the Post-2015 Development Framework. This Framework is being worked out as Education For All (EFA) and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) sunset in 2015.  These recommendations which reflect Commonwealth’s voice would be presented to the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, for the post-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and to UNESCO, for the Post-Education for All (EFA) goals.

The Ministerial Working Group is chaired by Dr. the Hon. Vasant K. Bunwaree, Minister of Education & Human Resources and comprises Ministers of Education of the following 12 Member States:

Bangladesh, Barbados, Cyprus, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda.

Meeting of the Working Group

After online consultations had been carried out on the Commonwealth Connects Platform for a period of two months, the Working Group met in London on Thursday 13 December 2012 under the chairmanship of Dr. the Hon. Vasant K. Bunwaree, Minister of Education & Human Resources and came up with the following recommendations:

Recommendations of the Working Group

The new framework proposed by the Working Group has been designed around two levels of goals - Principal and Subordinate.  Implicit in the Principal goals, and explicit in the Subordinate goals, are the core Commonwealth concerns of Access, Equity and Quality. 

The Principal goals are:-

Goal 1           Every child completes a full cycle of a minimum of 9 years of continuous, free basic education and demonstrates learning achievement consistent with national standards

Goal 2           Post-basic education expanded strategically to meet needs for knowledge and skills related to employment and livelihoods

Goal 3         Reduce and seek to eliminate differences in educational outcomes among learners associated with household wealth, gender, special needs, location, age and social group


Subordinate Goals are:-


i.           Reduce and seek to eliminate early childhood under-nutrition and avoidable childhood disease, and universalise access to community based ECE/D and pre-school below age 6 years

ii.         Universalise an ‘expanded vision of access’ to a full cycle of a minimum of 9 years of continuous basic education

Successful achievement of national learning outcomes in cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains for both primary and lower secondary cycles at age appropriate levels up to the age of 15 years

iii.       Invest strategically in expanded and equitable access to post-basic and tertiary level education and training linked to wellbeing, livelihoods and employment and the transition to responsible adult citizenship

iv.                  Eliminate illiteracy and innumeracy amongst those under 50 years old

Provide education opportunities for young people and adults who have not successfully completed 9 years of basic education

v.              Reduce and seek to eliminate disparities in participation in education at school level linked to wealth, location, special needs, age, gender and social group and ensure all children have equal educational opportunities and reduce gaps in measured outcomes

vi.            Provide adequate infrastructure for learning according to national norms for buildings, basic services, safety, learning materials, and learning infrastructure within appropriate distances of households


Cross-cutting themes

Four cross-cutting themes are captured within and across the identified goals:

a) Education in Emergencies

b) Migration

c) Gender

d) Education for Sustainable Development


Presentation of Recommendations

The recommendations of the Working Group for the post-Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) were subsequently handed over by Dr the Hon V.K. Bunwaree to Mr David Hallam on 13 December 2012 at Malborough House, the seat of the Commonwealth secretariat in London. Mr Hallam is Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who co-chairs with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia and President Ellen Johnson of Liberia high level panel of eminent persons set up by the UN Secretary General for the formulation of a Post-2015 Development Agenda.


The Ministerial Statement

The Working Group came up with a Ministerial Statement reaffirming, inter alia, the centrality of education to all aspects of development and in catalyzing progress in other sectors. It also made a strong case for education to remain at the top of the future Development Agenda with a prominent position in the post-2015 development framework and in any goals to be adopted by the global community. 

 The Way Ahead

The Working Group agreed on the following modus operandi in moving forward with the recommendations:

            (i)      Submission of the recommendations to UNESCO; and
            (ii)      Advocacy and diffusion of same in various regional and international fora.

 It was unanimously decided that the Working Group extends its mandate such that it can sustain its actions and remain a major voice in the commonwealth for the Education Agenda post 2015.

A copy of Recommendations and Ministerial Statement can accessed on the website of the Ministry



December 28, 2012