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Youth & Education

Young people are an essential part of our international network.

Sixty percent of the Commonwealth is under 30 years of age and the skills, innovation and creativity of these young people represent an incredible opportunity in which we believe the Commonwealth must invest. At the Royal Commonwealth Society, we work with educationalists, students and youth leaders from across the 53 Commonwealth nations to try and help realise the potential of our growing youth population.

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Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition

Run by the RCS since 1883, the essay competition is the world’s oldest and largest schools’ international writing contest. It provides a platform for young people to compete with their peers in a global environment. 
Find out about the new theme for 2016

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Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network

Young people from around the Commonwealth will meet in Malta from 13-17 May at the launch of the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network. They will discuss the key gender related issues affecting the Commonwealth today.  Read on

Commonwealth Youth Summits

In October 2015, the RCS revitalised one of its key youth projects organising the London Commonwealth Youth Summit giving young Londoners the opportunity to take part in a one day simulation of a CHOGM.
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Queen's Young Leaders Programme

This life-changing programme has been established by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and runs in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in honour of The Queen’s 60-year contribution to the Commonwealth.
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Saved by the Bell - Education Report

A new education report that looks into young Britons' understanding of the Commonwealth, authored by Tim Hewish and produced by Commonwealth Exchange in partnership with the RCS. Watch the launch video


Launched in June 2015, 1215.today is an online platform where, through the universal language of art, young people can create, debate and discover issues around the rights of the individual. 
Read about Time For Rights, the first art project commissioned as part of 1215.today

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