London Officials at Post-Meeting for 19th CCEM
The London branch of the steering committee and Commonwealth countries represented at the diplomatic level sung the praises of The Bahamas in hosting a successful conference; from hospitality to on-the-ground organization.
Some fifty-three Commonwealth Education Ministers, senior officials and stakeholders traveled to The Bahamas in June this year for The 19th CCEM. The conference is the second largest Commonwealth meeting after the Heads of Government Meeting, CHOGM.
The post meeting held at the Commonwealth Secretariat’s headquarters, Marlborough House covered various outcomes including on-going recommendations that advocate for member countries to provide free quality basic education and opportunities for all youth and adults to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes to participate fully in society and secure decent work.
The forum facilitated Education Ministers as they discuss critical and problematic issues impacting member countries, from a regional and global perspective.
The 20th CCEM will be hosted by the Fiji Islands.
“As The Bahamas hands over the mantle to His Excellency Solo Mara, High Commissioner of Fiji, host of the 20th CCEM in 2018, I wish to emphasise that we attach great significance to our membership of the Commonwealth and to the guiding principles of democracy and good governance. The Bahamas stands ready to offer any advice or guidance Fiji may require as you plan the 20th CCEM in your country. We would be happy to see Fiji build on the many innovations implemented at the Nassau Conference, such as the Regional Caucus of Ministers, the High Commissioners Forum and the Small State forum,” said High Commissioner Bethel.
The High Commissioner stated that The Bahamas also sees great value in the work carried out not only by the Secretariat but by many other Commonwealth organisations including the Commonwealth Foundation and the Commonwealth Secretariat Youth Division which promotes the development and empowerment of young people throughout the Commonwealth.
Photo caption: From left to right, Senior Officer Education Officer Janice Knowles, His Excellency Eldred Bethel, Commonwealth Secretariat Deputy Secretary General Deodat Maharaj, Education Deputy Director Marcellus Taylor, Head of Education’s CCEM Secretariat Valerie Gaitor and Commonwealth Foundation Director, Vijay Krishnarayan.