The Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada (RCS Canada)’s focus is based on affecting education for young people across Canada and the Commonwealth of Nations. Fifty percent of the Commonwealth is aged 25 or under, 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 54 Commonwealth nations to try and help realise the potential of our growing youth population.
RCS Canada’s goal is to raise the profile of the modern Commonwealth and its belief the Commonwealth is an important influence for good in the world. RCS Canada completes this task by promoting the six affirmations of the Commonwealth of Nations, its grand history and current foundation of development and values upon which it stands, plus much more.
The two main educational programs undertaken by RCS Canada are The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition and the Model Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The QCEC is the oldest youth essay competition in the world and provides Commonwealth youth with the opportunity to compete with their peers. A Model CHOGM is a forum designed for youth to come together to debate contemporary issues and build consensus across varying viewpoints and priorities. The most prominent of these is the National Student Commonwealth Forum, held annually in Ottawa.
We also make a variety of educational materials available on our website and our YouTube channel. There is more to come, so check back regularly!
For more information or help promoting and teaching about the Commonwealth of please brows our website, which contains detailed information about the Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada and the Commonwealth or contact your local RCS Branch and its members would be happy to help.