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. 
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Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network

Young people from around the Commonwealth will met in Malta in May 2015 at the launch of the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network. They discussed the key gender related issues affecting the Commonwealth today.  Read on

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RCS Associate Fellows Network

The RCS Associate Fellows Network offers young people from across the Commonwealth the opportunity to become part of an ever-growing network, offering opportunities, resources and a platform for discussion. Find out more

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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. Find out more

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Model Commonwealth Summits

An exciting programme combining presentation with diplomacy and public speaking with democracy, Model Commonwealth Summits are a long-time feature of the RCS' youth portfolio that were revitalised in 2015.
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Past Projects

The Royal Commonwealth Society has a proud history of delivering effective, youth-focused projects. From digital collections to youth leadership programmes, the RCS has always been committed to the youth voice. Find out more

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