The BBC, the British Council and the Commonwealth Secretariat have joined forces to bring Commonwealth Class to schools. Collaboration between the three organisations will enable more than 100,000 schools, 300,000 teachers and 17 million young people across the Commonwealth to access themed learning resources, take part in online debates and forums, and work on collaborative projects in cross-Commonwealth teams.
Commonwealth Class aims to bring energy to young people’s learning by connecting schools and children from across the Commonwealth to learn together about how to be active, responsible global citizens as part of the Commonwealth family.
Commonwealth Class team competition
The British Council Commonwealth Class team competition involved 10 teams of 15 schools working collaboratively from different Commonwealth countries. Each month they were assigned a curriculum task based on life in the Commonwealth and its values. Project themes included: A Day in the Life of a Student, Commonwealth Flags, Diversity in Food and Culture, Leadership and Student Councils, and finally What We Learned from Being Part of Commonwealth Class.
One of our Caribbean schools was selected as a winner in Team II, the National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) from Trinidad and Tobago. They will join their fellow winners in Glasgow for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and a number of cultural events, 23–30 July 2014.
Commonwealth Class School Stories
On 28th October 2013, Commonwealth Class launched Commonwealth Class School Stories, a competition for the best stories in the Commonwealth. These stories were written by schoolchildren from the UK and across the Commonwealth. Three schools - one in the UK and two from other Commonwealth countries were selected as winners.
To help improve the likelihood of winning for the Caribbean schools we hosted two script writing workshops. Both teachers and students were in attendance for the interactive sessions. Participating schools from the Caribbean represented Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica. These workshops focused on the Commonwealth values and what it means to be a global citizen.
Unfortunately no school from the Caribbean won this competition however; we join them in congratulating the winners. A TV crew from the BBC visited the schools and made their stories into a short film.
Calderglen High School: Education is one of the winning schools.
The British Council has produced an education pack for the launch of Commonwealth Class: Get Involved. This is an exciting new resource for teachers containing cross-curricular activities, short films and discussion guides with learning outcomes that link to key skills, curriculum subjects and Commonwealth values.
Our Commonwealth Class partner, the BBC, is hosting a series of monthly debates and any registered Commonwealth Class school can take part. On Thursday 24 July we will be holding a finale debate in Glasgow, Scotland. We'll be bringing together young people to talk about some of the issues that the youth of the Commonwealth face for a special recording of BBC World Service's World Have Your Say.
To take part please visit the BBC Commonwealth Class website.