2020 Commonwealth Week
Updated: May 29, 2020
Running up to the 2020 Commonwealth Day Commemoration event that was held on Monday 9th March 2020. The week ran from the 3rd – 6th of March 2020.
A series of Commonwealth Values Educational Sessions in various schools around the Chipata-Mandevu Community in a period dubbed 'Commonwealth Week'.
This was a week dedicated to engaging local schools in the community where we share with them the Commonwealth Values, this year driven by the theme delivering a Common Future: Connecting Innovating, Transforming.
First stop was Kings Academy located just behind Mandevu Police Station. Other schools including the schools of Mutambe, Bergen were kind enough to give us a moment of their time to celebrate with them.
The students gave us a warm welcome and were very receptive to the activities and were deeply involved in the lesson activities.
Values Educational Program Facilitator Mr. Pearson Banda and Our Programs Officer Mrs. Tinyiko L.K Nombo led a team of young leaders to facilitate the sessions accompanied Ms. Denise Cohen our Communications Intern.
March 6th marked the end of commonwealth week, cementing the final day of celebration for this illustrious week that paved way to the upcoming commonwealth day that was celebrated worldwide by all 54 commonwealth countries.
Woodlands A Primary school had the honor of hosting the tree planting ceremony, where the Head Teacher welcomed all with a warming speech that was followed by a speech from DFID Head of Office Mr. Steven Beel.
Mr. Beel reminded the children that they are the future and emphasized on the importance of climate change and the need to plant trees.
"This year's commonwealth theme is delivering a common future: connecting, Innovating and transforming. It recognizes that across the commonwealth, there is an incredibly diverse group of people that are Keen to work together for the common good, build their strength and through the extensive global network in the spirit of corporation" said Beel.
The President Mr. Foloko in his also peech commended Zambia's involvement in the commonwealth celebration and further stated that “It is why we stand here today as the Commonwealth Games Association of Zambia, participating in this dignified tree planting ceremony, to promote a positive contribution to the environment, through this sustainable program."
A moving play centered on the possibilities around Para-athletics was displayed in a thrilling show case by the young leaders who have heavily been involved in the commonwealth week from start to finish.
The tree planting ceremony commenced, and indigenous trees were planted successfully at the designated spots around the school.
Commonwealth week 2020 was a successful week of warm pride, unmatched experience and honest emotions.