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  • Writer's pictureJoshua Forrester

The 22nd Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (22CCEM)

Global education is facing a significant crisis, with almost 250 million children affected by learning poverty. In some countries, the rate of learning poverty is as high as 80%, limiting the opportunities of millions of children and hindering the growth of nations. But there is hope.

As Liam Kerr MSP told us at Conservative Friends of the Commonwealth (CFOC), “The 22nd Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers emphasises the pivotal role of education in driving economic growth and will further empower 2.6 billion Commonwealth citizens with inclusive and equitable learning opportunities for all skill levels and life stages. This conference and its aims show the Commonwealth putting its best foot forward and having a real impact on its people and the world."

The Commonwealth, with its 56 member nations, is substantially positioned to lead the charge in addressing these educational disparities. By leveraging the collective expertise, resources, and shared values of the family of nations, we can place education firmly on the global agenda. Initiatives like the Commonwealth Education Trust's Teach2030 platform exemplify the potential to empower educators and improve learning outcomes across our member states.

Our commitment to education must focus on enhancing resilience, promoting equity, and developing the skills necessary for the future. By strengthening our education systems and ensuring fair access to quality education for all, we can equip the next generation with the tools they need to thrive in a rapidly changing world. As we gather for the 22CCEM, let us reaffirm our dedication to transforming the educational landscape and creating a brighter, more inclusive future for all Commonwealth citizens.

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