Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Royal Commonwealth Society: Announcements

From: Catherine Clark
Date: Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 9:19 PM
Subject: The Royal Commonwealth Society

I hope you do not mind me dropping you a note but my colleague Zoe Ware at the Royal Commonwealth Society said how supportive and helpful you had been during the Commonwealth Conversation project that she was running last year and I wondered if I might mention a couple of our other projects.

As you already know, the RCS is a global education charity which runs, amongst other things, two important international projects for young people every year:


We are thrilled that the Rwandan government have agreed to host the 2010 Nkabom Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme in Kigali, Rwanda between 5th and 15th September.

Through a busy, interactive 10 day programme Nkabom unites 18- to 25-year-olds from across the globe in a different Commonwealth location every two years. Participants explore conflict resolution, build friendships, exchange ideas and foster a network of young leaders who can pioneer peacebuilding initiatives in their communities and beyond.

Applications to the Nkabom programme are now open (deadline 9th May), and we would be very grateful if you could help us to spread the word as widely as possible.


The RCS has a rich history of engaging young people in current affairs through creative expression. For the first time in 2010, our Young Commonwealth Competitions will bring together the world's oldest and largest school's Essay Competition (run by the RCS since 1883), our Vision Awards film competition and the Commonwealth Photographic Awards. Our competitions already attract entries from more than 60,000 young people around the world, and this year we will be actively seeking to engage even more!

Competition deadlines are 1st May (Essay), 1st June (Photography) and 1st July (Film).

In 2010 we are striving to reach even more young people so that as many as possible have the chance to take part in these projects.

To make this happen, we would be really grateful if you could send it around to the schools, teachers, universities, youth groups and other networks that you have in the Fijian community in New Zealand.

I shall very much look forward to hearing from you and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have the slightest query.

Best wishes Catherine

Catherine ClarkCompetitions Manager
Tel: +44 (0)20 7766 9204Fax: +44 (0)20 7930 9705

Did you know the RCS has just launched the Young Commonwealth Competitions and the Nkabom Youth leadership programme? Visit to find out more about these exciting projects… The Royal Commonwealth Society is a Registered Charity in England and Wales and a Body Incorporated by Royal Charter. Registered Charity No: 226748. Registered office: 25 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5AP.

Over 60,000 young people enter our Competitions every year. But our winners are often those picking up a camera or putting pen to paper for the very first time. Don,t be put off! We,re not looking for perfection. We,re looking for a creative spark, a unique insight, a new idea...

Enter the Royal Commonwealth Society,s
Young Commonwealth Competitions!
These prestigious awards, open to anybody under the age of 30 living in a Commonwealth country, encourage creative responses to global challenges and offer a unique international platform for young talent.

Enter one of our Competitions and you could:

Take part in expert workshops with leading figures in your creative field
Meet famous authors, film directors, and photographers at a Gala
Awards Ceremony held in Central London’s Commonwealth Club
Visit the BBC’s global headquarters, Buckingham Palace, the Commonwealth
Secretariat and other high-profile venues in the UK’s capital city
See your work exhibited in different locations around London and
featured in the press worldwide
Attend a show in London’s West End and take part in drama workshops
Win cash prizes and camera equipment
Meet other young people from around the world who share your interests
Through our Competitions we aim to:
Nurture the creative talent of young people
Encourage young people to respond to current international issues
Enable young people to share their thoughts with peers around the world
Give young people a safe, creative forum for their ideas and a global
platform for their talent
Promote the use of the English language

The Young Commonwealth Competitions take a different theme each year. In 2010, the focus is on Science, Technology and Society. We want to encourage you to think about the role that science and technology can play in helping to tackle challenges faced by your own community, or those living in another part of the world.

Keep reading to find out how you can enter our Essay, Film or Photography Competitions...
Commonwealth Essay Competition
Run by the RCS for over 100 years, this is the world’s oldest and largest schools’ writing competition. Choose from a list of ten topics which all aim to fire your imagination on the theme Science, Technology and Society. Write us an essay or go creative and compose a story, a poem, a film script, a play… the possibilities are endless! We ask only that your entry must be your own original work.

Send us your entry by 1 May 2010.
For full details, please visit:
Commonwealth Photographic Awards
One powerful image can often say more than many pages of writing. If you want to make your response to the Science, Technology and Society theme an image, then start snapping! Whether you use a digital, analogue, or disposable camera – or even a mobile phone – we want to see your pictures. Send them in by 1 June 2010 and you’ll be in line for some fantastic prizes.
For full details, please visit:
Commonwealth Vision Awards
Aspiring young filmmakers are invited to make a 30-90 second film responding to the Science, Technology and Society theme. Submit your storyboard ideas, in written, picture or film format, by 6 April 2010 and you could win a seed grant of up to £1,000. Alternatively, submit your fully-made film via YouTube or post a hard copy before the closing date of 1 July 2010.
For full details, please visit:

Nkabom Flyer
The Commonwealth Leadership Program
Are in your community?
Are you committed to working with others to overcome conflict and injustice?
Do you consider yourself a 'global citizen' and want to learn from, and alongside, other young people from around the world?
If you answered yes to these questions then read on...!

About Nkabom
Nkabom means ‘coming together’ in the Ghanaian language of Twi and is the name for the RCS’s unique Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme.

Building on the success of projects in Malaysia, Ghana, the United Kingdom and Cyprus, Nkabom 2010 will take place in Rwanda.

The busy 10-day programme will bring together around 35 young people from all over the Commonwealth.

The programme will include:
Peacebuilding and leadership skills training;
Workshops and learning journeys to help participants develop an
understanding of the host country, the region and beyond;
Interactive activities with a range of innovative local and international
organisations who use sport, drama, art and the media to help bridge divides;
Meetings with prestigious leaders and local young people;
Peer-led and social sessions to encourage participants to share experiences.
“It was more than just learning... it changed
the way I look at life”
Previous Nkabom delegate from Trinidad and Tobago

Nkabom is unique. It:
Actively engages young people in international issues;
Fosters friendships and encourages the exchange of ideas among people from diverse cultural backgrounds;
Develops a network of young leaders who can pioneer and revitalise
initiatives in their communities, their countries and beyond;
Is directed by young people themselves.
If you are aged 18-25 and are from a commonwealth country, you are eligible to apply for a place in Nkabom 2010!
Find out much more at


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