RCS Canada Youth Newsletter | January 2017 | Edition 6
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Youth Newsletter | January 2017 | Edition 6

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Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition Open!

The Royal Commonwealth Society is pleased to announce that the theme for The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017 is A Commonwealth for Peace.

Building upon the 2016 theme of An Inclusive Commonwealth, this year’s topics ask for a more active understanding of the role of the Commonwealth as a network of and for democracy, Human Rights and peace. We are asking young writers to explore peace at every level, from the personal to the political to the pan-Commonwealth.

  • The competition is open to all citizens and residents of the Commonwealth aged 18 and under.

Deadline: 1 May 2017

More info
8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament in Victoria, British Columbia
Early in November 2016, the BC Legislature hosted the 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP). Young people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth participated in the 5-day event, acting as Members of Parliament for the fictional country of Commonwealth Land. They learned about the common form of government that links most Commonwealth nations as well as formed connections with like-minded people across the globe. RCS British Columbia Mainland member, Stefanie Panesar had the great opportunity to participate and reflects on her time at the CYP. Click the image to read about Ste
Apply for the 45th National Student Commonwealth Forum!
The National Student Commonwealth Forum, since 1973, has provided Canadian high school students the opportunity to travel to Ottawa and learn about the Commonwealth and international affairs through a model Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting while at the same time gaining the confidence and ability to become youth leaders in their home community.
  • Open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents in grades 10 to 12.
  • This year's NSCF is from April 30th to May 5th 2017.
  • Applications will open soon, check for more details!
Social Entrepreneurship Training for Canadians Aged 18-35
The United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) and the British Council Canada are pleased to share with you the launch of Active Citizens Social Enterprise (ACSE). ACSE is a social leadership training programme that provides opportunity to young Canadians from diverse backgrounds, between 18-35 years of age, to learn about and experiment with social innovation through intercultural dialogue and community-led social development. Recruited youth will gains skills to tackle local challenges that align with the established Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets.

The programme will train 150 Canadian youth and local trainers in six cities across Canada. During late March 2017, 10 youth participants will be chosen by a diverse Selection Committee to be part of the programme’s Innovation Summit in Ottawa. The Summit will showcase the youth’s passion and commitment for social enterprise while convening high level representatives from the public and private sectors, innovation-focused enterprises and start- ups, social enterprises of all sizes, and UN representatives. 
To apply, interested candidates are encouraged to complete the application formApplications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until end of February 2017.

Launched by the Commonwealth Youth Council, Unseen & Unspoken is a poetry competition for Commonwealth residents aged 15-29. The objective is to raise awareness of the experience and lives of young people with disabilities which are often unseen and not spoken of.

Submit your poem by May 31st!

Learn More!
Participate in the Commonwealth Youth Programme Review!

An evaluation is currently underway of the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP), conducted by the consulting company Public Administration International (PAI). The report will be published online by the Commonwealth Secretariat during 2017.

If you have something to say about the CYP’s work, please send PAI your comments (up to 250 words) by 20 January, to the following email address:

Survey of members of Commonwealth Youth Networks

If you are a member of one of the Commonwealth Youth Networks, don’t forget to fill out the online survey about your experience – follow this link

Commonwealth Education Good Practice Award 2018 Applications Now Open
The Awards recognise the outstanding contribution and achievements of education professionals and bodies that have made a difference to learners’ lives through innovative education and learning for development initiatives and practices.
Any organisation, whether public or private, including Commonwealth ministries of education, educational institutions and civil society organisations advising in or delivering education and learning in Commonwealth countries can nominate themselves or be nominated. 

Submissions due: February 15, 2017
For categories of the awards and awards criteria, visit:
Promoting Equality Through the "Gift of Us All"
Equality means recognising the talents of every individual, writes Dilshan Jayasinghe, RCS Fellow and RCS Toronto Branch Member, as well as a Commonwealth Correspondent from Mississauga, Ontario. Dilshan describes one school’s efforts to raise awareness and support those living with autism. Click the image to read his piece!
Expert in your field? Looking to provide technical expertise? Join the CFTC Talent Bank!
The Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation (CFTC) provides technical expertise to the public sector by employing professionals on specialist assignments in Commonwealth member countries.
More than 350 experts are deployed each year on assignments that range from a few days to two or three years in length. Assignments typically involve a mix of policy advice and guidance, strategy development and implementation, institutional capacity development and mentoring and skills training for senior level officials in a wide range of fields.
Apply to become a CFTC expert now!
Trent University in Ghana
The Year Abroad in Ghana from Trent Universty is designed primarily for students in the third year of honours degree majoring in International Development, Anthropology, International Studies or a related field. Students from outside Trent with a background in Development Studies, African Studies, Anthropology, or a related field are welcome to apply.
Applications due: 26 January 2016 
More information can be found at:
Get involved in your passions, internationally with the Commonwealth!
The Commonwealth offers the opportunity for youth to get connected and advocate for issues that are important to them. Youth networks also discuss and consult on issues that affect young people and citizens of the Commonwealth, and initiate youth-led programmes that make a difference.
Current networks include:

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