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The Education Good Practice Awards will be launched on April 30 at the Commonwealth Secretariat headquarters in London.

High Commissioners and senior officials will meet at the Marlborough House for the launch of the Education Good Practice Awards 2009. The Secretary General of the Ministry of Education of Malaysia, Tan Sri Dr Zulkarnain Awang, chair of the adjudication panel, is also expected to attend.

The winners will be announced in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during the 17th conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, planned for June 2009. The closing date for submissions is October 31, 2008.

“Following the successful pilot-run when 47 submissions were received from 19 countries, enthusiasm and interest has been growing rapidly in anticipation of the second Education Good Practice Awards,” said Dr Henry Kaluba, Head of Education at the Secretariat.

Commonwealth Ministries of Education, civil society and non-governmental organisations working in the field of Education are among those who have been invited to submit their work.

Proposals must be programmes, projects, policies, strategies or significant interventions which have made a positive difference to primary school children, their teachers, or the education system of a Commonwealth country in respect of one or more of the six Action Areas.

These Action Areas are: Achieving Universal Primary Education; Eliminating Gender Disparities in Education; Improving Quality in Education; Using Distance Learning to Overcome Barriers; Supporting Education in Difficult Circumstances and Mitigating the Impact of HIV/AIDS on Education Systems.

The Secretariat launched the first Education Good Practice Awards in 2005 following a recommendation from Commonwealth Education Ministers.

Entries from Cyprus, India and South Africa were selected as the winners at the 16th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers in South Africa in December 2006.

Ministers endorsed the programme, identifying it as “an effective means of disseminating information on promising problem-solving initiatives across the Commonwealth”.

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