Law, Language and Learning: The Common Wealth of the Commonwealth

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2005-03-14
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Daniel, John
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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Law, Language and Learning: The Common Wealth of the Commonwealth, Gala Reception Museum of Anthropology, UBC, Commonwealth Day - 14 March 2005, by: Sir John Daniel President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning // It is my challenge and my privilege to work for the advancement of education in the Commonwealth as President of the Commonwealth of Learning. I begin with a few words about this unique organisation; one of Vancouver's best kept secrets. // First, the Commonwealth of Learning is the only intergovernmental organisation ever created in Canada. The Commonwealth Heads of Government set it up at their 1987 meeting held here in Vancouver. Canada won the subsequent competition to host COL and decided to locate it in Vancouver, so here we are. // Second, our location is unique amongst Commonwealth organisations. The two other intergovernmental agencies, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Commonwealth Foundation, are both located in the UK, as are nearly all the pan-Commonwealth non-governmental organisations. Being located here in Canada gives us a different perspective on the Commonwealth, which is healthy. // Third, COL is the only international, intergovernmental organisation of any kind that focuses exclusively on helping countries to use technology to increase the scope and scale of education and training. Technology has already revolutionised many areas of life and our job is extend that revolution to learning.

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Commonwealth of Learning (COL),Collaboration
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Canada
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Caribbean and Americas,Pan-Commonwealth
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