Council for Education in the Commonwealth

Scope and Content

Includes: papers and minutes of meetings of the CEC Executive Committee/Board of Trustees; related correspondence; annual reports; conference papers; notices of public meetings; submissions to Government(s) and to Inter-governmental Forums [among them Conferences of Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) and Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM)]; and publications dating from CEC's foundation by Parliamentarians. Subject files include education in South Africa post-1994, and the development of education in Nigeria.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Council for Education in the Commonwealth (CEC), a parliament based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), was founded in 1959 at the time of the first Commonwealth Education Ministers' Conference. Its purpose is to create an informed public opinion on the salient issues concerning education and training in the Commonwealth and to identify appropriate ways in which Britain and the European Union can best contribute to their development. The aims of CEC are: to provide a forum where Members of Parliament and others with an interest in the Commonwealth can exchange information and views; initiate action to foster educational cooperation and the sharing of experience among countries and governments of the Commonwealth; offer to informed and experienced persons from the UK and other Commonwealth countries a platform for the discussion of educational issues and developments; liaise with the Commonwealth Secretariat and Commonwealth High Commissions, and cooperate with government departments in the UK and in the European Union, and with NGOs and professional bodies in the field, for the improvement and development of education throughout the Commonwealth.

Access Information

Open for research although at least 48 hours notice required as archives are held off site. Access to some data such as membership information might be restricted under the Freedom of Information Act. See archivist for details.

Other Finding Aids

Listed online to file and item level,


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