The Commonwealth Connections project has been established to develop cultural relationships between school communities in the West Midlands and in Commonwealth countries as part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games which will take place in Birmingham from July 28th to August 8th.
The project is providing bespoke educational opportunities for young people (and their teachers) to learn together using arts and sport in order to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Commonwealth and its values, thereby encouraging young people to feel empowered to shape their communities and the world around them.
60 schools across the West Midlands have been twinned with 60 schools in 10 Commonwealth countries, meeting online to begin a collaborative journey of discovery and co-creation.
Commonwealth Connections is a joint project from the British Council and the Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The British Council is delivering the project in partnership with the Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP) and the Youth Sport Trust (YST).
The Arts element is led by Birmingham Arts School who have appointed Julie Ward, an arts in education consultant with a wealth of international experience as a campaigner for child rights, to lead the project. Julie is directly contracted by BEP.
The participating schools are organised into Clusters with partner schools from the following countries:
Your school can get involved in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The British Council in collaboration with Youth Sport Trust have developed a resource designed for schools, with or without a partner to celebrate the Commonwealth Games of 2022 and the ongoing work that the Commonwealth is doing to improve the lives of its citizens