Since 1883, the Royal Commonwealth Society has delivered The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition, the world’s oldest international schools’ writing competition. Today, RCS Wales works to expand its reach, providing life-changing opportunities for young people around the world.

Importance of literacy

Awakening the power of young Commonwealth citizens through our essay competition

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest international schools’ writing competition. This year, it was launched in Christchurch, New Zealand, by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall. It provides a unique platform for young writers to share their story and have their say on global issues.

The Importance of Literacy

The Royal Commonwealth Society is committed to improving the literacy skills of all Commonwealth residents. The global community has worked hard for many decades to improve literacy levels. It is a means to address many global challenges. These include raising attainment, reducing inequity, and improving employment prospects.

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RCS Wales Youth Summit

The Importance of Education for Empowerment

Education is often defined as a ‘process of facilitating learning’, or ‘the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, belief, and habits’. It has been recognized as a right and emphasized as important by many governments and nations around the world. From my perspective, the paramount importance of education for empowerment is revealed in two main aspects.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2019

Building on the 2018 theme of Towards a Common Future, this year’s topics call upon young people to consider how they can work to use cultural, technological and environmental connections for positive change across the Commonwealth.

Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition in London 2019