Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards 2018

The Commonwealth Secretariat is pleased to invite nominations and submissions for the Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards 2018. The Awards recognise the outstanding contribution and achievements of education professionals and bodies that have made a difference to learners’ lives through innovative education and learning for development initiatives and practices.

The Fifth Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards were launched at the Secretariat’s headquarters to invite applicants from Commonwealth countries to highlight their good practices in education and to encourage, reward and generate enthusiasm within the education sector.

Any organisation, whether public or private, including Commonwealth ministries of education, educational institutions and civil society organisations advising in or delivering education and learning in Commonwealth countries can nominate themselves or be nominated. The formal and non-formal education sectors span from early childhood education to adult education, including primary, secondary and tertiary education, technical and vocational education and training, and skills development.

A good practice submission must be a policy, programme, project or strategy that has made a positive difference to learners, whether children, young people or adults, or to the education system of a Commonwealth member country in respect of one or more of the five categories for 2018.

  • Category 1: Eliminating gender disparities in education, especially for girls and women.
  • Category 2: Delivering quality education and learning in difficult circumstances.
  • Category 3: Education and learning to improve employment opportunities for young people.
  • Category 4: Education as a powerful response to climate change.
  • Category 5: Education and pathways to peace.
Application Criteria
  • Relevance: Contextual, socio-cultural and economically appropriate responses to the challenge of education delivery in a specific country.
  • Innovative: Displaying innovation in its approach, methods or outcomes.
  • Measurable Impact: Evidence that it has been independently evaluated and its impact assessed e.g. through qualitative and quantitative indicators.
  • Sustainability: Demonstrates its capacity or potential in delivering sustainable benefits for society, and in making substantial contribution to the education sector.
  • Efficiency and Effectiveness: Demonstrates efficient and cost effective use of resources in its implementation.
  • Knowledge Exchange and Participation: How it contributes to knowledge exchange, successfully communicates its objectives, approaches and findings to stakeholders, and encourages community and civil society participation, ownership or contribution.
  • Replication: The extent to which the initiative is replicable in other Commonwealth countries and can advance good practice within the sector and/or influence policy agendas promoting good practice.

Reminder: Entries should be clear and comprehensive, and should clearly describe how good educational and learning policies or practices have been implemented and what has been achieved.

Winners will be awarded at the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (20CCEM) in Fiji in 2018.

Submissions must be received by 15 February 2017 and should be sent by e-mail to and/or posted to: The Co-ordinator, Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards, Health and Education Unit, Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX, United Kingdom.

More information is available in the Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards 2018 information brochure which can be found on this page, or by contacting the Co-ordinator, at

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Adopted from the Commonwealth Secretariat, 2016

CPAUG Hosts the 1st ever Electricity Consumer Protection Forum -E-Forum

With Support from the GoU through the Electricity Regulatory Authority-ERA & the Rural Electricity Agency-REA with technical support from the Uganda Electricity Transmission Co. Ltd.UETCL, the Commonwealth Association -Uganda -CPAUG hosted the 1st ever #ElectricityOpenForum-E-Forum in Mbale targeting the youth in and out of school, private sector, media, GoU-MDAs, civil society and electricity consumers.

The theme of the forum was Strengthening Safety: Saving Energy towards a conducive Ugandan Home by 2040” and it was attended by around 2000 participants mostly students. This is the 1st and several shall be held across the country to have the citizenry

discuss the underlying challenges o the sector and their consumer rights.

RE: #Day for Remembrance of Accident Victims 2016

Appeal #DayforRemembranceofAccidentVictims2016. If you have had or ever experience a road accident them its time to join the #SavekidLiveswithroadsafety campaign team in Uganda to give back and help the #roadaccidentsvictims in UG@54 from 15th-18th Nov. 2016.
The team shall be visiting Kawolo Hospital, Mulago and Nkozi but we need your help to donate or support us with medical suppliers and consumables to the victims & their families and the hospitals. Medical & sanitary like gloves, Gause, liquid soap, brushes, brooms, toilet papers, bed sheets, wool and consumables like sugar, bathing soap, are need for 30 families from each health facility. any donations both material and kid call 0414577017 or CISCOT Coordinator- Mr. Ahumuza J.Vianney; Tel:0779364080, Email: for details.

‘A peace-building Commonwealth’ – our theme for 2017

Peace-building will be the Commonwealth’s theme for 2017, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland announced today.

The theme informs events to mark Commonwealth Day, which is celebrated on the second Monday in March, and helps to guide activities by Commonwealth organisations throughout the year.

A Peace-building Commonwealth’ is a natural follow-on from this year’s theme of ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’, and reaffirms the Commonwealth Charter principle that “international peace and security, sustainable economic growth and development and the rule of law are essential to the progress and prosperity of all.”

In 2017, Commonwealth Day will be celebrated on 13 March. Individuals and groups are encouraged to draw inspiration from and interpret the theme in their own ways, for example by organising a community debate or art competition.

At CPAUG@10 We shall be hosting a commonwealth debate focusing on the youth and peace-building on 13th March 2017 in Kampala.

Keep you posted and please share your views on the theme via our social media platforms


Apply to attend 21 September UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance

On 21 September 2016, the UN General Assembly will host a High-level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance at UN Headquarters in New York. The primary objectives of the meeting are to increase awareness, to summon and maintain strong national, regional and international political commitment, and to establish a long-term basis for moving forward in addressing antimicrobial resistance comprehensively and multi-sectorally.

At the request of the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly, UN-NGLS, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and OIE – World Organisation for Animal Health are conducting an open process for stakeholders to apply to attend the meeting, including civil society, academia, and private sector entitites.

Please apply here if you are interested in attending this event:

15 August: For entities not in consultative status with UN ECOSOC, who must apply for special accreditation*
28 August: For entities that are in consultative status with UN ECOSOC

*As per the organizational modalities very recently agreed by UN Member States, the list of organizations applying for special accreditation must be circulated to UN Member States on a non-objection basis.
To learn more about this High-level Meeting, please visit:

Call for applications for the fourth African School on Internet Governance

he Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency are pleased to announce the call for applications for the fourth African School on Internet Governance. The 2016 School will be held in Durban, South Africa from 11 to 15 October 2016 in conjunction with the African Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

Have you ever thought about the massive and significant role that the internet plays in the world? In Africa, even though connectivity is still not nearly sufficient, the internet touches on multiple aspects of daily life, economic and social development, governance and government. This adds new dimensions and challenges to privacy, security, human rights, women’s rights, and business, to mention a few. These are issues that are not new to the realm of governance, but dealing with them in the context of a fast-changing, cross-border internet adds new dynamics and complexity.

The goal of AfriSIG is to give Africans from multiple sectors and stakeholder groups the opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence to enable them to participate effectively in internet governance processes and debates at the national, regional and global levels. AfriSIG also builds the capacity of people with existing expertise as the School facilitates peer learning and many participants are already established experts in internet policy and regulation. In addition to a five-day intensive learning event, AfriSIG provides all the participants with the opportunity to participate in the African IGF.

Building on the model of the European and Latin American Internet Governance Schools, APC and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency launched the first AfriSIG in July 2013 in Durban, South Africa. The second AfriSIG took place in November 2014 in Mauritius and the third in Addis Ababa at the African Union from 1 to 5 September 2015.

We believe that AfriSIG can increase the diversity, extent, quality and effectiveness of African participation in internet governance at the national, regional and global levels. AfriSIG’s broader goals are to strengthen African perspectives and voices in global internet governance and to achieve more inclusive and transparent internet governance on the continent.

Through learning and knowledge sharing, AfriSIG aims to build a multidisciplinary cadre of African expertise in internet governance. The School will bring together a diverse group of professionals from government, business, academia and civil society who are interested and involved in internet policy and development. The School prides itself in offering a world-class learning environment, with a faculty that has the experience and expertise to convey both practical and theoretical knowledge. AfriSIG graduates will better understand internet governance from a public interest perspective, have a grasp of internet policy processes and institutions, and be able to engage more effectively in national, regional and international processes and networks.

Who should apply?

The school is intended for leaders and professionals from:

  • Government ministries and departments, national and regional communications regulatory authorities, and public sector information and communications services such as public libraries.
  • Parliamentary portfolio committees that deal with communications issues.
  • Network operators, service providers and other businesses who form part of the internet industry.
  • Civil society and non-governmental organisations who interact with or operate in the internet-related information and communications sector.
  • Human rights institutions dealing with internet issues, such as national or regional human rights commissions.
  • Community-based information and communications services and the broader community informatics sector.
  • The judiciary and other members of the legal community working with internet and communications law.
  • Members of law enforcement agencies who deal with internet issues.
  • The internet technical community.
  • Academic and research institutions that deal with internet issues.
  • Media organisations and outlets that focus on the internet.

The topics to be covered include:

  • History and overview of internet governance
  • The World Summit in the Information Society (WSIS) and the internet in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Internet and communications policy and development
  • Human rights-related issues
  • Internet standards and protocols
  • The domain name and numbering system
  • Multistakeholder approaches to internet governance
  • Regional, national and international institutions involved in internet policy and regulation
  • Topical issues such as the so-called “right to forget”, internet shutdowns, women’s rights and the internet, net neutrality, online “hate speech” and human rights on the internet.

Successful applicants will be provided with a return economy class ticket, accommodation, meals and course materials. Participants or their employers will have to cover the costs of visas and local transport (to their nearest airport). There are limited spaces for full sponsorship and we encourage self-funding or co-funding for eligible participants who are not awarded full sponsorship.

To apply please complete the form here by Friday, 26 August 2016. For more information visit the AfriSIG website or contact the AfriSIG team: Dr. Towela Nyirenda Jere at and Anriette Esterhuysen or Emilar Vushe at


11th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting 2016

The 11th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting will be held from 7-8 September 2016 in Apia, hosted by the Government of Samoa on the theme of ‘Gender equality through sustainable development in an inclusive commonwealth’.

WAMM has been held triennially since 1985 and provides the opportunity for ministers, senior officials, civil society, private sector and partner agencies to discuss critical issues in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.

It also contributes to the setting of Commonwealth priorities and the global agenda for sustainable and inclusive development. The 10th WAMM was held in Bangladesh in 2013. View outcomes from 10WAMM here

Key objectives:

  • To inform on proposed Commonwealth priorities on gender equality and women’s rights in the period of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • To discuss emerging issues and increasingly critical development issues on gender equality, women’s empowerment and development to promote inclusive development and democracy.
  • To reposition the Commonwealth and its commitments to gender equality and women’s rights.

Key themes:

  • Gender and Climate Change
  • Women’s Leadership
  • Violence Against Women and Girls
  • Intergenerational Partnerships for Sustainable Development

In the interests of the environment this will be a paper free meeting. All meeting papers will be distributed via the 11WAMM workspace on Commonwealth Connects and delegates are encouraged to access and download these prior to their attendance.


Two side event meetings will be held to share Commonwealth work to facilitate dialogue between key stakeholders including government, civil society and the private sector:

  • Sustainable development through women as leaders and women as entrepreneurs
  • Strengthening jurisprudence of equality on violence against women and girls

Date: Monday 5 September 2016
Venue: Government Convention Centre, TATTE Building, Beach Road, Apia

Participation in these side events is encouraged from Commonwealth youth and civil society organisations. For further details and how to register, please email

Senior Officials Meeting

Date: Tuesday 6 September 2016
Venue: Taumeasina Island Hotel, Taumeasina Island, Beach Road, Apia

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