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The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017


'A Commonwealth for Peace'

The Royal Commonwealth Society is pleased to announce that the theme for The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017 is A Commonwealth for Peace.


Building upon the 2016 theme of An Inclusive Commonwealth, this year’s topics ask for a more active understanding of the role of the Commonwealth as a network of and for democracy, Human Rights and peace. We are asking young writers to explore peace at every level, from the personal to the political to the pan-Commonwealth.


The competition is open to all citizens and residents of the Commonwealth aged 18 and under and is open from 21 September 2016 until 1 May 2017. All entrants receive a Certificate of Participation and one Winner and Runner-up from the Senior and Junior categories will win be invited to attend Winners' Week in October/November, a week-long series of educational and cultural events.



Junior Category

1. What is in your Toolbox for Peace? 

2. My peaceful place.

3. How can children and young people come together to build a peaceful society?

4. ‘Peace cannot be learnt from a book or from religion. You have to reach out and touch the nations.’ How does this relate to the Commonwealth?



Senior Category

1. Peace.

2. Should you fight for peace?

3. Kofi Annan said ‘Education is, quite simply, peace-building by another name.’ Do you agree? Answer with reference to your country and/or the Commonwealth.

4. What is the cost of peace?


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Updated on: 31 Jan 2017