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Planning Meetings Underway for The 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers

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Meetings for the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM) to be hosted in Nassau Bahamas have been taking place in London with officials from the host country, the Commonwealth Secretariat and other stakeholders.

Fifty-three Commonwealth Education Ministers, senior officials and stakeholders are expected to gather in The Bahamas June 22 to 26, 2015 for The 19th CCEM. The Conference is the second largest Commonwealth Meeting after the Heads of Government Meeting.

The forum facilitates Education Ministers as they discuss critical and problematic issues affecting member countries, from a regional and global perspective. The way forward for policy, practice and strategy actions will also be discussed.

Overall, their aims are ensuring the quality of education in the Commonwealth and improving performance and productivity in educational institutions.

 "The Bahamas is deeply honoured to host the 19th CCEM. The meeting is an excellent opportunity for all of us to share our vision for a quality education for all students in the Commonwealth. It is our combined efforts at all levels that will enable us to ensure quality education across the Commonwealth," said His Excellency Eldred Bethel, High Commissioner for The Bahamas.

On-going recommendations from CCEM meeting encompasses advocating that member countries ensure free quality basic education for a minimum of nine years, minimizing differences in learning outcomes according to national standards between more and less advantaged groups and to provide post-basic education and opportunities for all youth and adults to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes to participate fully in society and secure decent work.

Stakeholders, teachers and youth (from all Commonwealth member countries) will also be invited to participate in the forum to dialogue, network and exchange ideas.

The next planning meeting for The 19th CCEM will be held in Nassau, Bahamas.