Young people from the UK designed and led a Youth Summit (29 June) for 260 pupils and their teachers from across 22 countries of the Commonwealth including, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Jamaica.
The first of three Youth Summits, the events aim to increase young people’s awareness and engagement in the Commonwealth Games and will inform a youth manifesto offering recommendations for future games. The event was hosted by Blue Peter presenter Richie Driss and broadcast online from The Prince’s Trust centre in Birmingham
Young people from the West Midlands and across the UK designed and hosted the first online Youth Summit - Young Voices of the Commonwealth, ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The summit was streamed live from The Prince’s Trust centre in Birmingham to secondary school students and their teachers across the Commonwealth, aiming to identify how the Games can strike a chord with young people across the world.
The Summit, hosted by Blue Peter presenter Richie Driss, was run by The Prince’s Trust in partnership with the Commonwealth Sport Foundation, The British Council, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, The Khalili Foundation and Beatfreeks. The Summit was designed and led by young people, with a chosen theme of Education. It explored the role education can play in creating positive and fulfilling lives for young people across the Commonwealth.
Attendees shared their experiences of education in their respective countries and ideas for ways education systems can best prepare young people for adulthood. The Summit included a series of workshops on themes such as how education systems can develop young people’s confidence, resilience and practical life skills.
The young people delivering the event, aged between 18-30 completed global citizenship education on the Young Leaders programme, which was devised and delivered by the Khalili Foundation. The training offered the Young Leaders a deeper understanding of humanity, how individuals can work together, breaking down barriers to create a fairer, more sustainable and peaceful world.
The ideas and findings from the Youth Summits will create a set of recommendations that will be formulated and presented as a youth manifesto to engage young people at future Commonwealth Games. This manifesto will ensure issues of education, sustainability and intercultural relationships are strengthened and promoted throughout the Games.
Sophie Rogers, a Prince’s Trust supported entrepreneur and Young Leader from Birmingham said:
This event was incredible! The training and support from The Prince’s Trust and the Khalili Foundation has increased my understanding of the world in a new and exciting way. Engaging with other young people from across the Commonwealth, hearing their ideas and enthusiasm for education and their hopes for the future has been great. The future is in our hands – it really feels like we can change the world together – if we continue to respect and value each other every day.
Emma Southern, Head of Community Engagement at the Prince’s Trust said:
We are very proud of the Young Leaders who designed and delivered such a brilliant first Youth Summit. Seeing teachers and students from across the Commonwealth come together, sharing their ideas and insights on how to prepare young people for adult life, particularly after the pandemic, was inspiring.
At The Prince’s Trust we know that alongside support to find work, set up a business or start training, young people need strong role models, mentorship and guidance to help them navigate everyday life. This Summit showed that the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is a platform to bring together young people from across the world, empowering them to embrace citizenship and develop ideas that can create a legacy for all young people in the future.’
The two remaining summits will focus on sustainable development (Autumn 2021) and intercultural relations (Spring 2022).
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About the Commonwealth Sport Foundation
As progressive leaders in sport and social development, the Commonwealth Sport Movement continually strives to demonstrate the power of sport; to unlock our human potential and transform lives. Founded as the charitable foundation of the Commonwealth Sport Movement, the Commonwealth Sport Foundation will look to help address some of the world's greatest challenges: Youth Empowerment, Equal Rights, Historical Injustice, Small States and Island States and Sustainable Cities and Communities.
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