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- ItemOpen AccessThe Commonwealth of Learning: Summary Report 1994-1996(1996) Commonwealth of LearningFounded in 1987, The Commonwealth of Learning was inspired by the vision that the peoples of the Commonwealth must and can have access to knowledge, regardless of where they live and whether they are rich or poor. Member Governments have given COL a mandate to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/ distance education materials, expertise, technologies, and other resources. Working with and providing services to hundreds of institutions throughout the Commonwealth, COL is helping to increase the capacities of developing nations to meet the demands for improved access to quality education and training.
- ItemOpen AccessReport to Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting: Edinburgh, UK(1997) Commonwealth of LearningSeveral significant developments have marked the past three years in the life of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) even though it is a relatively young organisation. They include the appointment of a new President, the introduction of a new structure for its Board of Governors and organisation and the move to less costly and smaller premises. They reflect signs of its growing maturity and its ability to maintain the momentum of its activities in the face of the financial uncertainty that continues to cloud its life.
- ItemOpen AccessThe Commonwealth of Learning: Summary Report 1996-1998(1999) Commonwealth of LearningThe Commonwealth of Learning was created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education resources and technologies. COL is helping developing nations improve access to quality education and training.
- ItemOpen AccessReport to Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting: Durban, South Africa(1999) Commonwealth of LearningThis report seeks to capture the significance of COL on the eve of the new millennium. We see COL as an apt and agile agent of the Commonwealth. Not only is its focus on the determining characteristics of the day knowledge and technology but its attributes as an organisation epitomise those of bodies designed for the information and technological age. Modern, innovative organisations reserve for themselves the roles of strategists and designers, drawing on the vast productive and distributive capacities existing elsewhere to achieve their goals in the most effective, efficient and economical manner possible. COL possesses the talent and the knowledge, both of the challenges confronting the Commonwealth and the capacities available to meet them, to function in just such a fashion. Moreover, through such a modus operandi COL builds precisely the kinds of alliances and allegiances that help ensure its continued responsiveness to changing Commonwealth needs.
- ItemOpen AccessExpanding Learning Horizons: Summary Report 1998-2000(2000) Commonwealth of LearningThe Commonwealth of Learning promotes, supports, advances and enriches the practice of distance and open learning Commonwealth-wide. It continues to achieve this through advocacy, advisories, training, providing information, strengthening institutions, model building, consultation, conferences, professional development, policy support, partnership brokering and networking.
- ItemOpen AccessPresentation note to Commonwealth Education Ministers 14th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (14CCEM)(2000-11) Commonwealth of LearningIn preparation for the 14th triennial Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, The Commonwealth of Learning is pleased to present Ministers with two documents (attached). // In the first document, Expanding Learning Horizons: COL's Summary Report 1998 - 2000 , COL is delighted to be able to report on several recent programme accomplishments from its Three-year Plan 1997 - 2000, in the areas of staff development, training, policy formulation, collaborative materials development, technology applications, knowledge sharing and research. // The second document, COL's Three-year Plan 2000 - 2003 , is based on the ideas that COL presented to Commonwealth Heads of Government, at their biennial summit (CHOGM, Durban, November 1999), on how it can best serve the Commonwealth in the future. It reviewed the basis for a new and modestly ambitious plan for the next three years (2000 - 2003) which shifts the agency's focus somewhat and in so doing positions it to exploit the assets of the knowledge era to add value to the Commonwealth's aspirations to develop its human capital. Funding requirements were also outlined. This vision was endorsed by CHOGM's Committee of the Whole, which noted that COL is an "ideal instrument" to meet their needs.
- ItemOpen Access14CCEM - COL's submission to the Commonwealth's High Level Review Group(2000-11) Commonwealth of LearningA group of 10 Heads of Government are reviewing the Commonwealth with a view to making it stronger and more relevant to current needs. The group, known as the High Level Review Group (HLRG), was formed during the 1999 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in South Africa to come up with ways of enabling the Commonwealth to address existing and new challenges. // The group will report to the October 2001 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Brisbane, Australia. // HLRG requested a submission from The Commonwealth of Learning, which was prepared with contributions from several eminent persons. The submission which follows was endorsed by COL's Board of Governors and Commonwealth Ministers of Education when they met in Halifax in November 2000.
- ItemOpen Access14th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (14CCEM), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 26–30 November 2000 - Communiqué(2000-11) Commonwealth of LearningThe following summary of the content and outcomes of the conference is provided by the Commonwealth Secretariat on behalf of Ministers of Education.
- ItemOpen Access14CCEM - Education for our Common Future - The Halifax Statement on Education in the Commonwealth(2000-11) Commonwealth of LearningWe, Commonwealth Ministers of Education, at our 14th Triennial Conference in Halifax, Canada, having reflected on education co-operation in the Commonwealth over the past many decades, and the challenges we face at the beginning of a new century, and based on our shared ideals and guiding principles as set out in the Commonwealth Harare Declaration of 1991, agreed on the following:
- ItemOpen AccessA World of Knowledge: Commonwealth of Learning(2003) Commonwealth of LearningIn the three years covered by this Summary Report (1 July 2000 to 30 June 2003), the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), along with its partners in the international development community, has been a part of unprecedented change and radical reconfiguring of the world as we once knew it. The interdependent nature of this global community, of which the Commonwealth – and the Commonwealth of Learning – is part, is now stronger than ever.
- ItemOpen Access15th triennial Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (15CCEM), Edinburgh, Scotland (27 - 30 October 2003)(2003-10) Perinbam, LewisNotes for Remarks to Commonwealth Education Ministers, 15th triennial Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (15CCEM) Edinburgh, Scotland, 30 October 2003 by Mr. Lewis Perinbam, O.C. Chairman of the Board of Governors, Commonwealth of Learning
- ItemOpen AccessEvaluation of the 2003-2006 Commonwealth of Learning Strategic Plan: Final Report(2006) Patrick, Spaven; Commonwealth of LearningThe Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organization created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. It has been operational since 1989 from its headquarters in Vancouver, Canada. COL’s core operations are financed by voluntary pledges from Commonwealth governments. Its six major voluntary funding contributors – currently Canada, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa and the United Kingdom – each have a seat on COL’s Board of Governors. Its average annual core budget over the last three years has been around $7m. It has also periodically undertaken fee-for-service consulting for international agencies and national governments, amounting to around $2m annually
- ItemOpen AccessPresident’s Quarterly Progress Report: July – September 2006(2006-09) Commonwealth of LearningThe Executive Committee of the Board met by teleconference on September 11 and approved a final version of the 2006-2009 Three-Year Plan. This went to press on September 15. Board members will receive copies as soon as they arrive from the printer. The Committee also received a summary report on the operation of COL’s performance management system in 2005-06 and the performance-related increments made to staff as a result.
- ItemOpen AccessPresident’s Quarterly Progress Report: October – December 2006(2006-12) Commonwealth of LearningThis has been a busy and productive quarter marked by two important events in COL’s calendar: the Fourth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF4) held in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, from 31 October to 3 November and the 16th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (14CCEM) that convened in Cape Town, South Africa, from December 11-14. COL can be well satisfied with the outcomes of both events, on which I comment more fully below. In this report, I shall integrate my usual update on our programme into these accounts and include a separate section on the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth.
- ItemOpen AccessPresident’s Quarterly Progress Report: October − December 2007(2007) Commonwealth of LearningI begin by recording with deep regret the death of our Chair, Lewis Perinbam, on December 12. As Special Advisor to COL’s first two presidents, Dr James Maraj and Tan Sri Dato’ Professor Gajaraj Dhanarajan, from 1991, and as Chair of the Board of Governors since 2003, Lewis served COL with commitment, devotion and distinction for most of its existence. A tribute to Lewis is posted on COL’s website at www.col.org/lperinbam. COL’s Vancouver-based staff members were able to pay their respects at a memorial service on December 28 at which Denise Chong gave a most fitting eulogy. We have received a large number of letters and messages of condolence to the family and to COL. They express deep admiration and appreciation for Lewis’ contributions to public service and to international development as well as for his work at COL.
- ItemOpen AccessPresident’s Quarterly Progress Report: July − September 2007(2007) Commonwealth of LearningMinutes of the meetings of the Board and its committees have now been circulated and a document on extrabudgetary funding was circulated in July as requested. The Executive Committee will meet by teleconference on 3 October with an agenda that includes, inter alia, the proposed list of COL Honorary Fellows for 2008 and a report on the 2007 Performance Management and Salary Review exercise. The annual audit is underway with the Audit Committee scheduled to meet in November 2007 to approve the audited financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2007
- ItemOpen AccessPresident’s Quarterly Progress Report: January − March 2007(2007)The Executive Committee met in London on February 2. We took advantage of being at the Commonwealth Secretariat to strengthen links with our colleagues there and to hold a planning meeting for the Fifth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF5), which is to be held at the University of London in July 2008. A formal launch event for PCF5 will be held at the University on May 17, 2007. My own travels this quarter began in India, where I visited the state open universities of Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu and took part in a review meeting of COL’s expanding Lifelong Learning for Farmers initiative. Then in late January, Professor Mohan Menon and I paid a productive return visit to the World Bank, which is particularly interested in COL’s work in open schooling. COL is preparing an evaluative review of open schooling to assist the World Bank in determining how to support this response to the rapidly increasing demand for secondary schooling that is emerging as universal primary education is achieved.
- ItemOpen AccessPresident’s Quarterly Progress Report: April − June 2007(2007) Commonwealth of LearningThis quarter has seen COL continue its focus on programme delivery. The Programme Update Meeting, held during the ‘no-travel’ period in April, focused on the evaluation of the 2006-2009 programme to-date. The results were presented to the Board at its June meeting. At the end of March, thanks to the help of Laura Griggs, the new Advisor to the Canadian Board member, I paid useful visits to CIDA and IDRC in Ottawa. My presentations at CIDA focused on Poverty Reduction and Open Schooling.
- ItemOpen AccessCOL's Report to the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)(2007-11) Commonwealth of LearningCOL's Report to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) – Kampala, Uganda, November 2007 (20 years)
- ItemOpen AccessPresident’s Quarterly Progress Report: January − March 2008(2008) Commonwealth of LearningThe Executive Committee met by teleconference on February 21 and the Minutes have been circulated in draft to the Committee. The main agenda matters discussed were: an update on preliminary work on the 2009-2012 Three-Year Plan, noting the organisation of the regional meetings of focal points that will seek input from Member States; agreement that COL management will redraft the Terms of Reference for Board Committees, incorporating members’ views, for consideration by the Board at its meeting in June; and a discussion of potential and emerging strategic issues that led to a decision to put the rotation policy for international staff on the next Board agenda. The Acting Chair confirmed that the process of selecting a new Chair is under way. The Secretary-General has written to Heads of Government and Board members inviting them to propose names of suitable candidates but the process will not be completed before the current SecretaryGeneral demits office on March 31, so the Secretary-General-elect, H.E. Mr. Kamalesh Sharma, will bring it to a conclusion