Alan Evans appointed to be the Executive Chair of The Council for Education in the Commonwealth
22 July 2011
Alan Evans, National Coordinator of Aimhigher Associates Scheme, in the Cardiff School of Social Sciences, has been appointed from the beginning of the Autumn Term to be the Executive Chair of the The Council for Education in the Commonwealth (CEC).
The Council was established in 1959 to promote education and training in the Commonwealth, and in particular the developing countries of the Commonwealth (see objectives below).
The Council organises three or four conferences/seminars a year on major issues of concern and interest to Commonwealth countries, the most recent in March of this year in the Grand Committee Room of the House of Commons on “Commonwealth Women – Agents of Change”. This was followed in late June by a conference initiated by the Council on “Breaking in, breaking through – Commonwealth Women in Science and the Professions” at the British Council, Spring Gardens in London.
The CEC has been active and very largely successful in urging the Government to renew the provision of Commonwealth Scholarships for the more developed countries which had been under threat. The Commonwealth Scholarships for developing countries, funded by DFID, have continued to make their mark and CEC has commended the general scale of this provision.
Alan in accepting the appointment emphasised: “I am particularly gratified to have the opportunity to play a leading part in a major educational organisation seeking to improve the quality and expand the provision of education in developing countries in the Commonwealth”.
Council for Education in the Commonwealth
The objectives for which the Council is formed are to promote education and training in the Commonwealth and in particular the developing countries of the Commonwealth by:
(a) promoting educational development;
(b) contributing to educational co-operation and the sharing of experience among the governments and peoples of the Commonwealth and to the formulation, adoption and review of appropriate measures to that end; and
(c) providing for these purposes a forum where members of the United Kingdom Parliament and other interested persons may exchange information and views, and to offer to knowledgeable and experienced persons from the United Kingdom and overseas Commonwealth countries a platform for making known recent developments, for airing issues of concern and for advocacy of appropriate action.