2020

LONDON’S 2020 COMMONWEALTH DAY EVENT

Each year on Commonwealth Day, a ceremony is held in London’s Westminster Abbey to celebrate Commonwealth values, traditions and cultures under one roof.  Representatives from all global Commonwealth nations attend the prestigious event in honor of their membership to the Commonwealth and their relationships with other Commonwealth nations.  This year, RCS Wales’ director of Youth Engagement, Debbie Field, attended the ceremony with her daughter, Lucy.


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.



HOW THE COMMONWEALTH IS HELPING TO CREATE A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) champions the importance of environmental protection across the Commonwealth’s 54 member nations.


CHAMPIONING EQUALITY AND INCLUSION IN THE COMMONWEALTH

The Royal Commonwealth Society is a proud champion of a wide range of values which the Commonwealth holds to be crucial to the progression of its member nations.  One such value – Equality and Inclusion – is being pressed forward in a 2020 campaign led by Commonwealth youth around the globe, called Reform 53.


LOOKING FORWARD TO RCS WALES’ 2020 YOUTH SUMMIT!

RCS Wales hold Youth Summit events on a biennial basis, coinciding with the years in which the Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings (CHOGM) occur.  This year’s CHOGM was scheduled to take place in Rwanda in June, but it has recently been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 


CELEBRATIONS AT CARDIFF MANSION HOUSE TO MARK COMMONWEALTH DAY 2020

The Commonwealth Flag consists of a golden symbol centring on a globe. Each year on Commonwealth Day, the Royal Commonwealth Society of Wales celebrates the recognition and connection that is shared among all Commonwealth countries globally, coming together in this ceremony to hoist the flag.


CORONAVIRUS BATTLE ADVANCES COMMONWEALTH IDEAL OF ‘CONNECTED COMMUNITIES’

The Coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented global challenge, extending beyond national borders.


RCS WALES SUPPORT OUR NHS HEROES

On April 1, members of the Royal Commonwealth Society of Wales did just that, offering their support to our NHS. Rogiero Verma, the Chairman of RCS Wales answered a call for help from Clare Louise Williams, who used to work with Llandough Hospital. Vilas Kerrai and Shefali Verma then cooked boxes of food which were donated to NHS workers at Llandough Hospital in Cardiff. 


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.



2019

As a unique international network, the Commonwealth shares many valuable assets including history and sense of community. It is through the foundation of these common values that the Commonwealth has been functioning in a family atmosphere for years. …

Local economies are built through international trade, relationships and migration. For instance, Cardiff is considered home by people from different cultures, including students of all ages. …

The British Armed Forces contribute to the Commonwealth not only by providing humanitarian help and other support to Commonwealth communities all over the world. They also help to empower local young people in Wales and other Commonwealth countries by providing team-oriented exercises giving the local youth the opportunity to meet and come together.

One of the most important decisions of last year’s CHOGM was the agreement on a coordinated push to tackle climate change and pollution in order to protect the oceans – the Commonwealth Blue Charter.

How do you build your community? You can be part of a community, but you will also need to build a community team around yourself and there’s one way to do that – get yourself out there and network.

Every two years, the Royal Commonwealth Society hosts a two-day Youth Summit in different regions to reach out to young people in the local community. During the Summit you get the opportunity to work together with other young people to understand how you can each make a difference and play a bigger role in your community.

The importance of community should not be underestimated. Community plays an important part in this year’s Royal Commonwealth Society theme for 2019 of “A Connected Commonwealth”, fostering relationships between nations with differing communities, working together towards common goals of equality and inclusive society.

As a Nigerian student studying in Cardiff, learning about the Royal Commonwealth Society Wales’ values and vision for youth really resonates with me. One in particular is its keenness to support young people, through various educational and creative programmes to create a crop of innovative youths leaders across commonwealth.

Young people can also help the Royal Commonwealth Society with its aim to tackle global issues. Youth development can help solve problems such as high youth unemployment and lack of participation.

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.

It has had to develop to fit the development of Commonwealth nations around the world. The Commonwealth continues to be progressive and focused on uniting nations. The modern formation was established in 1949 and there are now 53 member states equating to approximately 30% of the world’s population.

As a member of the Commonwealth, Wales established a branch of the Royal Commonwealth 12 years ago. Since 2010, the Royal Commonwealth Society of Wales has supported and promoted the core values of the modern Commonwealth and its culture to the Welsh people, including the themes of tolerance, diversity, freedom, justice, democracy, human rights and sustainability.

On 11th March 2019, the Royal Commonwealth Society of Wales invited our team of six international students from Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture to the flag raising event at the prestigious Mansion House in Cardiff.

Commonwealth Day is our annual celebration of the Commonwealth, which is usually held on the second Monday of March. Every year, on that day, Queen Elizabeth II,who is the head of the Commonwealth, delivers a message at Westminster Abbey in London. 

The theme of this year’s Commonwealth Day is “A Connected Commonwealth”. At the Commonwealth Day on March 11th, Her Majesty the Queen attended the Commonwealth Service event, held at Westminster Abbey in London.

Every year, a new theme is chosen by the governments of Commonwealth member states and organisation as the focus for all activities and events during the subsequent year. Agreed in consultation with representatives of Commonwealth civil society and presented for approval by Her Majesty The Queen, in her role as Head of the Commonwealth. This year the theme is ‘A Connected Commonwealth’.

The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) is a unique organization. It is an NGO (non-government organisation) that contributes to the role of the modern Commonwealth and its 53 members countries. With different target audiences and diverse ideas, RCS also has branches in multiple countries and regions.

We are students from Cardiff University, taking over this blog section to showcase young people’s point of view on a variety of topics around the Royal Commonwealth Society of Wales and the Commonwealth.