Commonwealth Day Handbook for Schools

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Commonwealth Day Since 1977, schools all over the Commonwealth have organised special activities on Commonwealth Day designed to enhance understanding of the Commonwealth and to provide shared enjoyment. The date of the second Monday in March was chosen deliberately so that schools in virtually every Commonwealth country could take part in the observances and celebrations.

The Commonwealth Day Handbook

• builds on the initiatives of recent years and proposes a wealth of ideas and projects focused on Commonwealth Day to stimulate interest in the Commonwealth.

• suggests an educational level for each activity, whether infant, junior, lower secondary or upper secondary.

• is intended for all educators who are concerned with teaching about the Commonwealth, whether they are involved in curriculum development or are teachers in secondary, infant or junior schools.

The Handbook takes the approach that Commonwealth Day activities will have greater meaning and value if they form part of longer-term work or take place as the culmination of projects carried out over the previous weeks.



Shared principles

When Commonwealth Heads of Government met in Singapore in January 1971 they agreed on a set of ideals which are subscribed to by all members. These were expressed in the Declaration of Commonwealth Principles. In October 1991, twenty years later, they reaffirmed their commitment to the Principles and charted areas for Commonwealth action in the 1990s in the Harare Commonwealth Declaration.


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