Our Events & Campaigns
The RCS is an extensive network of self governing branches, affiliated societies and individuals throughout and well beyond the Commonwealth, all of which spread the influence and global connectivity of the Commonwealth while promoting the Society’s intent to improve the lives and prospects of Commonwealth citizens across the world. At the Commonwealth Students' Welfare Group of India (CSWGI), we work with educationalists, students, diplomats, Socio-political leaders and youth leaders from not only in India but also across the 56 Commonwealth nations.
THE QUEEN'S COMMONWEALTH ESSAY COMPETITION (QCEC)
Run by the RCS since 1883, the essay competition is the world’s oldest and largest schools’ international writing contest. It provides a platform for young people to compete with their peers in a global environment. In 2015, the contest was renamed ‘The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition’, in honor of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s role as both Head of the Commonwealth and Patron of the Royal Commonwealth Society. Every year the winners of different categories from All over the Commonwealth are flown in to London for the Gala Award ceremony Presided by the Royals, at the Buckingham Palace.
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COMMONWEALTH YOUTH EXCHANGE PROJECTS
A basic focus of the Commonwealth Cross-Cultural Youth Exchange Projects is developing leadership and team work skills while building self-confidence. It also aims to provide opportunities for young people to re-evaluate some of their beliefs, attitudes and assumptions, particularly around different cultures and their own priorities in life. The CSWGI has successfully delivered 16 projects with UK (6 times), Canada, Cyprus, Bangladesh, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. Many plans are underway for execution in coming months.
These projects are selected to reflect the key priorities of the commonwealth including human rights, youth empowerment, international tensions, democracy, local governance and women in development. The projects are designed to enable delegates and participants to explore jointly and through practical experience, the various issues relating to democracy developing locally, in respective participating countries and in other parts of the Commonwealth.
We are finalizing the opportunities of joint collaborations between CSWGI and other RCS branches to establish dialogue and foster closer bonds of cooperation and explore opportunities of joint workings. This involves potential partnership with like-minded organisations etc.
Child, early and forced marriage affects every region of the Commonwealth. The practice affects girls’ rights to health, education, equality, non-discrimination and a life free from violence and exploitation. The CSWGI has been working to end child marriage in India since 2007 and have organised awareness workshops and penal discussions.
COMMONWEALTH PAINTING COMPETITION (CPC)
Our mission is to fostering, enlightening and strengthening Quality Education among our society with the ultimate goal of developing the young minds to be more competitive, inculcating the sense of sharing and helping underprivileged students with joy of learning.
The theme of the CPC IS 'EACH ONE..TEACH ONE..!!'.The registration fee would be utilized for providing the underprivileged Girl student with books, school dress and stationery, as an opportunity of sharing the joy of childhood with less fortunate kids i.e. One Participant = One Beneficiary Girl Child.
UK-INDIA VISA CAMPAIGN
The Royal Commonwealth Society has launched a new campaign following its report of July 2016, A Passage from India. In partnership with tourism and business organisations, it highlights the wealth of opportunities for Britain and India in making some simple changes to visa policy.
The Royal Commonwealth Society is seeking to facilitate the deepening of the UK-India relationship, as well as to expose the benefits this could bring. In July 2016, we launched the report, A Passage from India, which highlighted the wealth of opportunities for Britain and India in making some simple changes to visa policy. Currently, Indian nationals must pay £337 for a two-year UK visitor visa. Simultaneously, under a UK-China agreement implemented in January 2016, Chinese visitors are now eligible for a two-year multiple-entry visa at the price of a standard six-month entry one – £89.
There’s a marked appetite in the UK to strengthen ties with the Commonwealth. With vibrant cross-cultural connections going back decades, India and Britain have developed a strong friendship built on common values, shared history and familial ties. However, France has overtaken the UK as the European destination favoured by Indian visitors and Indian businesses in the UK are concerned about Brexit insecurity. Find out more
In many Commonwealth countries LGBTQI citizens face persecution and discrimination on the basis of their sexuality and gender identity. The Royal Commonwealth Society & The CSWGI seeks to build broad consensus within the Commonwealth for advancing the equal enjoyment of rights by all Commonwealth citizens.
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