Commonwealth Youth

Ahead of the Commonwealth Youth Forum and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka, Commonwealth Class learned about the subjects and issues that are important to students in two very different schools.

Script to introduce the film

In this film Commonwealth Class travels to two schools, St Sylvester's College in Kandy, Sri Lanka and their twin school Kirkstall St Stephen's in Leeds, England.

The students in each of the schools have very different experiences when it comes to their daily lessons, language and even the weather they experience in the playground. They do, however, have a lot in common when it comes to the issues that matter to them.

Commonwealth Class asked the students what advice they would give to the Commonwealth Heads of Government and learned about their concerns for the future.

Commonwealth Youth

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Commonwealth Youth Forum

  • Location: Hambantota, Sri Lanka
  • Date: 10-14 November, 2013
  • Helps youth participants to build skills and networks.
  • Works towards identifying vital challenges and opportunities facing young people today.
  • Allows youth leaders to exchange ideas and cultures.

Meditation is an important part of the school day in Sri Lanka, how do you think meditating helps the students?

The school days in Sri Lanka and Leeds are quite different, which one would you rather experience and why?

Why do you think education is so important to both groups of students?

Commonwealth Facts

  • People aged 25 or under make up over 50% of the Commonwealth population.
  • The Commonwealth brings people together to talk about their problems and ideas.
  • Over 30% of the worlds population live in the Commonwealth (that's more than 2 billion people).

How important is going to school to you? Why?

How do you think school could be improved for children around the world?

The students in the film make lots of suggestions on how we could make the environment better, which ideas do you think were the best?

What steps could you take to improve the environment?

If you had the chance, what issue would you put to the Commonwealth Heads of Government?

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