1st Edition

Commonwealth Education Adapting to Survive

Edited By Beth Kreling, Peter R.C. Williams Copyright 2023

    Education, once regarded as a key pillar of Commonwealth activity, is increasingly inconspicuous on Commonwealth agendas. Written to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the first Commonwealth Education Conference in 1959, the chapters in this volume reflect on the past, present, and future of Commonwealth educational cooperation. This book reviews some of the principal dimensions of education development in Commonwealth member states and the challenges they face, including girls’ education, student exchange, the use of technology, education challenges in small states, and efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in and through education.

    Across all its contributions, this book examines the case for education being a continued priority area for Commonwealth collective engagement and considers where and how the Commonwealth might direct future efforts in education at a time of constrained resources. This book is an insightful resource for scholars and researchers involved in Commonwealth studies and will be of particular interest to political scientists, economists, and educators.

    This book originally appeared as a special issue of The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs.


    Beth Kreling and Peter R. C. Williams

    Introduction – Staying Relevant: Commonwealth Education at 60

    Beth Kreling and Peter R. C. Williams

    1. The Sustainable Development Goals for Education: Commonwealth Perspectives and Opportunities

    Keith M. Lewin

    2. Achieving the Promise to Leave No Girl behind in Commonwealth Countries

    Rebecca Gordon, Lauren Marston, Pauline Rose and Asma Zubairi

    3. India’s South-South Cooperation in Human Resource Development

    Kenneth King and Pravina King

    4. Commonwealth Student Exchange 1959–2019 – Planned and Unplanned

    Hilary Perraton

    5. Commonwealth Engagement in Education: Prospects in the Era of SDGs

    Cream Wright

    6. ‘Regimes Theory’ as an Approach to Understanding Educational Cooperation in CARICOM and Commonwealth Countries

    tavis d. jules

    7. The Future Use of Technology in Education and Learning in the Commonwealth

    Tim Unwin

    8. Commonwealth Small States, Education and Environmental Uncertainty: Learning from the Sharp End

    Michael Crossley and Pearlette Louisy


    Beth Kreling is Senior Policy Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Secretary of the Commonwealth Consortium for Education, London, UK.

    Peter Williams is Honorary President of the Commonwealth Consortium for Education, former Professor of Education in Developing Countries at the University of London's Institute of Education, and from 1984 to 1994 Director of Education at the Commonwealth Secretariat.