Commonwealth Class is a joint project between the Commonwealth Secretariat and the British Council. It has been running since 2013 and has already reached over 120,000 schools.
The project aims to educate children aged seven to fourteen about the values and principles of the Commonwealth and to increase understanding about the lives of young people in other countries. It encourages students to collaborate and learn together, and consider how they can be more active and responsible global citizens.
The project is now in its second phase and offers a range of dynamic and exciting activities and resources for students and teachers, including videos, teaching packs, a newspaper aimed at young readers, and regular debates on issues of importance to children.
A Commonwealth Class essay competition encourages both children and teachers to submit their thoughts on a theme of relevance to the Commonwealth – the topic for 2016 was ‘belonging’.
A series of resources has also been developed in partnership with The Royal Society for the creation of Commonwealth Science Class. This initiative offers a range of online resources to get students engaged with science, and to excite their curiosity about the world around them.
During the Commonwealth Games, Commonwealth Class in collaboration with the BBC, the official Games broadcaster, used sport as a teaching tool for a series of creative writing, artwork and video projects.