The Civil Society Forum (CSF) was one of two pre-conference meetings that contributed to the 2015 Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (19CCEM).

Convened by the Commonwealth Foundation in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Government of The Bahamas, the forum took place on the 20-21 June 2015.

The CSF was a meeting of 40 Civil Society representatives from Small States and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) under the theme, ‘Education and Sustainable Development in Small States: The Quality Imperative’. Three specific areas of focus will be considered – (i) Consolidating Basic Education looking at Quality and Equity; (ii) Financing and partnerships and (iii) Further and higher education. The forum will include a roundtable discussion for civil society and decision makers with a view to present and discuss key policy options.

The Forum is being organised with the support of eight civil society regional representatives. Participation in the Forum will ultimately enable organisation representatives to continue to contribute to the discourse on education in other national, regional and global spaces particularly in the context of the Post 2015 development agenda. This is critical given that the 19CCEM takes place only months before the September 2015 meeting of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), where Heads of State will adopt the new global framework.

The Forum generated a clear ‘Call to Action’ to take forward into the 19CCEM Small States Ministers Forum which took place on Monday 22 June 2015, and other select sessions in the main Ministerial Programme as well as the Stakeholders Forum.


“The 19CCEM provides us with an excellent opportunity to advance the Post 2015 Global Education Agenda on the heels of the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals and the Education for All (EFA) Goals.”

Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, The Bahamas