What is it about?

Possible reform of The Commonwealth to address challenges in education and development, at a time when so many other partners provide support to Commonwealth member countries, and the UK itself may be seeking a new global role in development after leaving the European Union.

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Why is it important?

Analysis of the rationale for the Commonwealth and its importance to member countries, which has been on a steady decline over the years; especially given the UK's "distraction" by EU membership. Reviews prospects for a revival and new approach to reinvigorated support for education and development in line with trends set by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Provides concrete examples of new programming to justify the role of a reformed Commonwealth in education and development.


This paper is written by a former Head of Education in the Commonwealth Secretariat, who has witnessed the steady decline of education support and relevance of the Commonwealth in this area. The paper takes a critical post-colonial approach to examining modern options for non-paternalizing action and programming to support education in member countries, by a reformed Commonwealth after the UK exits the European Union.

Cream Wright
Redi4Change LLC (Consulting Firm)

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This page is a summary of: Commonwealth Engagement in Education: Prospects in the Era of SDGs, The Round Table, July 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/00358533.2019.1634892.
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