Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP)

CYP focuses on these three strategic programme areas:

  • Youth Enterprise and Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Governance, Development and Youth Networks
  • Youth Work Education and Training

Through these programme areas, CYP:

  • Provides skills, resources and contacts for young people to create their own business ventures.
  • Strengthens youth governance and youth networks so that they serve young people more effectively.
  • Develops youth work as a profession.
  • Works with governments to create value for contributions of young people to have a say in how their countries are run.
  • Provides learning tools, models, Commonwealth experiences and best practices in youth development across countries and regions.
  • Provides opportunities to use information and communication technology (ICT) to support young people and their development.
  • Builds youth leadership and decision making.
  • Helps young people play a greater part in economic and social development.
  • Provides a platform for advocacy and mainstreaming youth development in the work of multilateral development agencies

Commonwealth of Learning

The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is the only intergovernmental agency that focuses exclusively on using technology to expand the scope and scale of human learning. It operates on the premise that knowledge is the key to individual freedom and to cultural, social, and economic development.

COL helps governments to develop policies that make innovation sustainable and to build systems or applications that expand learning.

It partners with other multilateral and national development agencies working on the Millennium Development Goals. These include the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), New Zealand’s Agency for International Development (NZAID), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), the regional development banks, and the World Bank.

The Chair of the Board of Governors is His Excellency, the Honourable Burchell Whiteman, O.J., former Jamaican High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, and COL’s President and Chief Executive Officer is Sir John Daniel. The project manager for Embracing Commonwealth Values eLearning is Ms. Angela Kwan, COL Learning Manager, International Organizations.

Embracing Commonwealth Values eLearning is adapted from Module 6 “Commonwealth Values” of the Diploma in Youth Development Work distance learning programme. The course development team would like to thank all of the following for their advice and feedback provided throughout the materials development process: the original development team of “Commonwealth Values”, Henry Charles, Layne Robinson, and Tina Ho.

COL Course Development Team

Project Manager: Angela Kwan
Instructional Designer and Editor: Sandy Hirtz
Educational Technologist: Bob Byrne

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