2016 Commonwealth Celebrations

cwThis year’s theme, ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’, celebrates the diversity of the Commonwealth. As stated by the former Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma, “An Inclusive Commonwealth refers to the values of tolerance, respect and understanding, as well as equity and fairness, set out in the Commonwealth Charter, and the richness of the Commonwealth as a family of nations in which each member state is valued equally and has an equal voice.”

Celebratory events were held on Monday, 14 March 2016, including the Annual Commonwealth Day Westminster Seminar on ‘Achieving an Inclusive Commonwealth – What Role for Education?’ hosted by the hosted by the Council for Education in the Commonwealth  (CEC). The video of the event is available for viewing.

Also tying closely to this year’s theme was the February 25th’s 18th Commonwealth Lecture on ‘Educating for Inclusion, Dialogue and Peace’. Please see below for further details.

Please visit thecommonwealth.org/commonwealthday for more about the 2016 celebrations.


The 18th Commonwealth Lecture delivered by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on ‘Educating for Inclusion, Dialogue and Peace’

“Education cannot wait. It cannot wait until a crisis is over, until disaster has struck, until the dust settles.”

The lecture and proceeding discussion touched on peace, radicalization and violent extremism, gender equality and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), building resilience through disaster risk reduction and climate change education, youth empowerment and quality education, amongst other subjects.

“There is no more powerful force than education to advance social inclusion, and break the vicious cycle of poverty.”

Visit the Commonwealth Secretariat for more information on the Commonwealth Lecture series.

Click on the images before for further information on various resources and initiatives referred to during the Lecture:


Sustainable Development Goal 4

Rethinking education

Rethinking education: towards a global common good


Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development


Unite 4 Heritage