The Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has launched a new scholarship at the King Henry VIII College in Selangor, Malaysia.
One of the first recipients was 16-year-old Scot Choo, the son of a pilot who died when Malaysian plane MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in 2014. The Secretary-General officially presented Scot with his award.
The Commonwealth Secretary-General said she was proud to see that the scholarship is open to all Commonwealth students, which is in line with Commonwealth values supporting mobility between member states. She told the audience that the first Commonwealth Conference of Education Ministers in Oxford in 1959 outlined many reasons for supporting student mobility:
She said: "While we face significant challenges in achieving accessible and quality education for all, these are made less daunting through multilateral cooperation and mutual support.
"I commend King Henry VIII College for providing these Commonwealth Sixth Form Scholarships and opening up new horizons of opportunity for students.”
The first recipient of the scholarship, Scot Choo, wants to be a pilot just like his father.
He could not be happier, saying: “This scholarship means a lot to me. A scholarship like this gives me a massive opportunity to strive for success.
“I believe there are many other kids out there that will strive for the same scholarship, to unlock their potential and show their worth to the world.”
As well as awarding the first scholarship, the school opened a new state-of-the-art theatre and named it in honour of the Commonwealth Secretary-General.