The Commonwealth

What is the Commonwealth?

Student of CMS Gomti Nagar Campus giving a brief introduction to evolution and objectives of The Commonwealth

The Commonwealth is made up of 53 countries around the world The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of independent countries spread over every continent and ocean. Its 2.4 billion people account for more than 30 per cent of the world’s population, and are in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, Europe and the Pacific. They are of many faiths, races and cultures.

What does the Commonwealth do?
  • It promotes partnership and co-operation among its members
  • It promotes understanding and tolerance among its citizens
  • It reduces prejudice, ignorance, disease and poverty
  • It promotes democracy and good governance, sustainable economic and social development, respect for human rights and the rule of law, gender equality and protection of the environment.
What is Commonwealth Day?

Commonwealth Day is an annual celebration of the Commonwealth association and its members. Focusing on a different theme each year, it takes place on the second Monday in March. Its purpose is to promote understanding about global issues, international co-operation and the work of the modern Commonwealth.

Commonwealth Theme 2018

‘Towards a Common Future’ – theme for 2018

On 12 March people in Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe will observe Commonwealth Day. Faith and civic gatherings, debates, school assemblies, flag raising ceremonies, street parties and fashion shows are just some of the events they will use to celebrate the vast diversity, strong unity and uplifting values that define the Commonwealth.

In London, Queen Elizabeth II as Head of the Commonwealth will attend a multicultural, multi-faith service at Westminster Abbey with performances from choirs, dancers and musicians. During the event Her Majesty’s special Commonwealth Day message will be delivered. There will also be online statements from Secretary-General Patricia Scotland as well as leading global figures about the importance of the family of nations which links the governments, people and institutions of 52 countries.

This year Commonwealth Day precedes the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, when the leaders of 52 independent member countries will meet to address key global challenges and agree how to work together for the welfare and common good of its 2.4 billion citizens. The two events are joined by the same theme ‘Towards a Common Future’. Building upon the 2017 theme of 'A Peace- Building Commonwealth', this year’s theme explores how the Commonwealth can address global challenges and work to create a better future for all citizens through sub-themes of sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness, in line with the theme of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.


Message from Her Majesty The Queen

Head of the Commonwealth

This Commonwealth Day, a baton will set out from Buckingham Palace and begin a long and extraordinary journey. Over the next twelve months, the Baton will visit people living in the nations and territories of our Commonwealth family in every continent and ocean.

Message from Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC

Commonwealth Secretary-General

This Commonwealth Day, I near the completion of my first year in office as Secretary-General, serving the governments and people of more than fifty Commonwealth member states.

Dr Jagdish Gandhi

City Montessori School (CMS), Lucknow, India

City Montessori School joins the 52 countries of the Commonwealth in commemorating it with this year's theme 'A Peace-building Commonwealth'.

Prof Geeta Gandhi Kingdon

President & Chief Operating Officer
City Montessori School (CMS), Lucknow, India

This year we celebrated the Commonwealth Day at the City Montessori School on the theme 'A Peace-building Commonwealth'.

Mr Roshan Gandhi

Director of Strategy
City Montessori School (CMS), Lucknow, India

On 6th March we celebrated Commonwealth Day 2017 at City Montessori School with great zeal and enthusiasm, on the theme ‘A Peace-Building Commonwealth’. CMS joins the 52 countries of the Commonwealth in commemorating and celebrating the intergovernmental organisation.

Ms Manjit Batra

Senior Principal, City Montessori School (CMS)
Gomti Nagar Campus, Lucknow, India

Today's Commonwealth, with its 52 member countries stretching across continents with large and small states, developed and developing nations, provides us with a unique international network of the utmost relevance to the global demands of the 21st Century.

Ms Abha Anant

Principal, City Montessori School (CMS)
Gomti Nagar I Campus, Lucknow, India

The aim of commemorating Commonwealth Day is to promote understanding on global issues, international co-operation and the work of the Commonwealth to improve the lives of its two billion citizens.

Commonwealth Song

‘A Peace-Building Commonwealth’

Making the Earth a better place
Never malice or hatred to be
With gentleness and care to build
A world of peace and unity

Lets all enjoy and live together
As one big family
Differences no more of colour or race
Gender, Faith, Nationality

With Power so great, a blessing so true
We'll thrive to build the Earth
With courage and love and a peaceful heart
Mankind will show its worth

United we'll stand to give and serve
In this vast diversity
Stop tears to flow and sickness grow
Terror, pain and poverty.

The Commonwealth so thrives, perseveres
To build a peaceful world
Progress and new hope for all
This banner now unfurled.

Long live the Great Commonwealth
The head of the Great Commonwealth
Long live Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
Long live Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
Long live Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth

Writer & Composed by:
Leslie Scott
Ex-Music Teacher
City Montessori School Lucknow, INDIA

Tentative Programme

The Commonwealth of Nations

Antigua & Barbuda Australia The Bahamas Bangladesh
Barbados Belize Botswana Brunei Darussalam
Cameroon Canada Cyprus Dominica
The Gambia Ghana Grenada Guyana
India Jamaica Kenya Kiribati
Lesotho Malawi Malaysia Maldives
Malta Mauritius Mozambique Namibia
Nauru New Zealand Nigeria Pakistan
Papua New Guinea Rwanda St. Kitts & Nevis St Lucia
St. Vincent & the Grenadines Samoa Seychelles Sierra Leone
Singapore Solomon Islands South Africa Sri Lanka
Swaziland Tonga Trinidad & Tobago Tuvalu
Uganda United Kingdom United Republic of Tanzania Vanuatu

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