World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES)
The World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) was established in 1970. The WCCES is an international organisation of comparative education societies worldwide and is an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO. Mark Bray, holder of the UNESCO Chair in Comparaitve Education, chairs the WCCES UNESCO Liaison Standing Committee.
Every three years the WCCES convenes a World Congress of Comparative Education Societies in which scholars, researchers and administrators interact with counterparts from around the globe on international issues of education. The last one was in Buenos Aires, June 2013, and the next one will be in Beijing in 2016.
CERC and the UNESCO Chair in the World Congress of Comparative Education Societies
The HKU Comparative Education Research Centre (CERC) had a very visible place in the 15th Congress of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES). Mark Bray, Ora Kwo, Anatoly Oleksiyenko, Yang Rui and Zhang Wei organized and contributed to panels, and CERC’s book table was a significant focal point of activity. Yang Rui co-chaired one of the 12 Thematic Groups, on “Educational Internationalization, Academic Voices and Public Policy”.
In WCCES Executive Committee, Mark Bray chairs the UNESCO Liaison Standing Committee. New members have been recruited, and the Committee is preparing a plan for new initiatives during the coming three years.
Within the World Congress, a highlighted plenary session was devoted to Revisiting the Delors Report. It was chaired by Mark Bray, and brought together two other UNESCO Chairs plus officers from UNESCO itself. More information is available here.
The WCCES is an umbrella body of 39 national, sub-national, and language-based societies. Members from all these societies are invited during each World Congress to join the Assembly. This event reports back to members on events between Congresses, and looks ahead to new initiatives. It sometimes also results in Declarations on significant themes.
This year, the Assembly made a Declaration on a theme which is indeed significant, namely the funding arrangements for UNESCO. The Declaration can be accessed here, together with the cover statement by Norberto Fernandez Lamarra, organizer of the Congress and WCCES Vice-President.