Teachers are central to the work of the Royal Commonwealth Society. We regularly communicate with teachers, exchanging news and ideas on how to engage students in the Commonwealth. If you are interested, do join our international network.
The Royal Commonwealth Society produces free education resources for teachers around the Commonwealth. For Commonwealth Week 2017, primary and secondary education packs have been produced. These can be downloaded here:
We also organise and promote a range of projects and resources that can be included in the teaching curriculum:
THE QUEEN'S COMMONWEALTH ESSAY COMPETITION
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest schools’ international writing contest. It is open to all Commonwealth residents and citizens and is a prestigious pan-Commonwealth education programme. It gives young writers the opportunity to practice their written English by undertaking a creative writing project. The competition lends itself to supporting many aspects of the school curriculum and the development of key skills such as critical thinking and the ability to express and argue opinions. Please contact us for more information on including the competition in your lessons.
ANTIGUA TO ZAMBIA: GETTING TO KNOW YOUR COMMONWEALTH
The Antigua to Zambia: Getting to Know Your Commonwealth resource guide includes a variety of activities and lesson ideas that can be used to introduce the Commonwealth. These education resources have been prepared with high (secondary) school-age students in mind by a team of educational and Commonwealth experts. The materials included seek to engage young people in current issues affecting the present-day Commonwealth. The authors use the Commonwealth as a vehicle to explore wider international issues: diversity, development and democracy. The full resource and individual chapters are available to download and free to use.
MODEL COMMONWEALTH SUMMITS
Included in the Antigua to Zambia resources is a comprehensive guide to organising a Model Commonwealth Summit (model CHOGM). Model Commonwealth Summits operate much like a model UN scenario, with individuals acting as the heads of government of Commonwealth countries and engaging in discussions as their country would. This is a fun, active way of demonstrating how the Commonwealth works and allows students to actively participate in the learning process. It teaches presentation, research and critical thinking skills, as well as global awareness and cultural understanding. Some students are chosen for roles outside of country representation (including media, communique, and others), offering a diverse range of skill-building and appealing to a wide range of students. Model Commonwealth Summits are currently being organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society and partners in South Wales and Bath (England) for 2016.
A RIVER OF STORIES
The Commonwealth Education Trust has recently released a four-volume set of books, titled A River of Stories, that feature stories and poems themed around the four elements of water, earth, air and fire. The books evoke the sights and sounds of a diverse Commonwealth community and are gloriously illustrated with vibrant, full-colour pictures by world-renowned children’s illustrators, including Jan Pieńkowski. The books are accompanied by an education resource for teachers to use in order to encourage students to respond to the stories, which are collected from across the Commonwealth.
COMMONWEALTH SCIENCE CLASS
Enthuse your students about science and excite their curiosity about the world around them. The British Council, the Royal Society and the Commonwealth Secretariat have developed a series of resources to enhance science learning in schools. The materials in this pack will encourage young people around the world to take part in experimental science investigations and consider some of the long term global problems that scientists are working on, but have not yet solved. The pack consists of four exciting units that develop knowledge, skills and principles from across the scientific disciplines. Each unit includes a short film about the theme featuring an eminent expert and local school children, and questions for discussion and debate.