Introducing The Year of the Youth Competition!
The Commonwealth’s 56 member countries have a combined population of 2.5 billion people, of which more than 60% are under 30 years of age. At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2022, leaders declared 2023 as a year dedicated to youth-led action for sustainable and inclusive development.
Year of Youth was officially launched in January and an invitation was extended to young changemakers, civil society and governments to work together towards a renewed vision for the Commonwealth: one that is secure, fair, and sustainable. To ensure sustained and maximum impact of the work the young people, Commonwealth Youth Ministers at the recent Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting that concluded in London, in September 2023, agreed to extend the Year of Youth to CHOGM 2024, and called upon all stakeholders to take practical actions to promote and support the Year.
The Commonwealth Education Trust is fighting to improve learning outcomes for young people across the Commonwealth and eliminate learning poverty. Through our low-cost, digital, online platform, Teach2030, we provide accessible, affordable and easily scalable Teacher Professional Development (TPD) to teachers in underserved communities. Young people then become better learners due to having a more highly skilled teacher – directly impacting their future lives and opportunities. As an accredited Commonwealth organisation, we support any opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and empower them to realise their potential, so we are participating as an activity in the Commonwealth’s Year of the Youth.
The importance of independent learning
Often, traditional teaching is based on teachers standing at the front of the class and lecturing students. As teachers, we know exactly what knowledge we want our learners to have. This can sometimes make us guilty of talking at them, instead of letting them explore learning.
So, our focus this year to make our learners more independent. But, how can we use the skills of our teachers to help them learn for themselves? Often we think of independent learning as homework, but it is much more than this! Think about group work, peer assessment and self assessment! The list is endless…
This competition provides the skills to teachers to encourage young people to be able to proactively learn by themselves and in collaborative groups; this relevant curricula and pedagogy should help learners throughout their entire life. It will hopefully prepare them for life and work, leading to better economic opportunities, particularly in the job sector.
How can teachers enter our competition?
Step 1: Register for the competition
Step 2: Take our new FREE, short course on independent learning. The course focuses on how to make your learners less dependent on the teacher. This is really important for helping them to problem solve, gain confidence, work together and become life-long learners. All this enables them to succeed throughout their lives in other situations, like, for example, in the workplace.
Step 3: Upload competition entry by Friday 23rd February 2024.
Step 4: Our judges will shortlist the best entries from all the submissions.
Step 5: The winner will be announced during Commonwealth Week in March 2024 on celebratory virtual get together. Date to be confirmed.
Why should a teacher enter?
- Receive a trophy and certificate for finishing 1st or 2nd
- T-shirts for students and teachers for finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd
- Access to free Teach2030 courses for teachers at your school
- Winners will be featured on our websites and social media
- Improve your teaching by taking the Independent Learning course linked to this competition and you’ll receive a certificate for completing it
What should a entry submission look like?
The aim of the competition is for learners to teach others from around the world about something they think is important.
In groups or up to 4, learners can present their entry in whatever form they choose. Examples could include, but are not limited to: a science experiment, a sculpture, reciting or writing a poem, writing an article, designing a model, a short piece of drama or dance, performing a song or piece of music. The time limit for each entry is 5 minutes. It might be hard to find time to complete the competition during curriculum hours, so it can also be done in extra-curricular time.
During the next few months, we will be posting extra content that supports teachers and students as they complete the competition, so keep your eyes open for them!
Good luck! Any questions, please feel free to email email@example.com
For more information about how the work of Commonwealth Education Trust and how we support Commonwealth values, please click here.