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.



A changing association

The cultural diversity of the Commonwealth is a valuable area of study but does not of itself clarify the concept of the Commonwealth as an entity. After all, studies of non-Commonwealth countries, including projects on food, clothes, customs etc., would have a similar effect of raising students' awareness of cultures other than their own. Equally, the notion of shared principles, though an important binding force in the Commonwealth, is not exclusive to the Commonwealth.


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