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Young people, schools, communities and civil society organisations across the globe will celebrate Commonwealth Day with the theme, #TeamCommonwealth. ?#TeamCommonwealth? reflects the spirit of friendship and the drive towards achieving shared goals and values that exist between the Commonwealth?s member countries.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said: ?The Commonwealth, in its unmatched diversity, shows the power and potential in acting together. Team spirit brings the enormous strength of solidarity, unity and of collective striving for greater achievement. We draw inspiration and understanding from one another, and our combined efforts build resilience. Working together, we win??.

??Between 23 July and 3 August, some of the world?s finest athletes will be in Glasgow for the 20th Commonwealth Games. As we admire the perseverance and competitiveness of these men and women, we will doubtless also witness great team spirit and be inspired.?

Since 1977, the Commonwealth family has celebrated Commonwealth Day every year on the second Monday in March. This falls on the 10th of March, 2014 this year. It is a day marked by activities around the Commonwealth, including a multi-faith observance at Westminster Abbey in London attended by the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Member governments, schools and communities use the opportunity to promote understanding of Commonwealth values and celebrate the strength and diversity that exists between its peoples.

In Ghana, the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and Commonwealth High Commissions, will organize the Commonwealth Day celebrations. Events for the day will be begin at the country?s first international school ? Ghana International school, where primary school students will perform a flag raising ceremony , together with short theatrical plays, poems, recitals  and speeches. This would be followed by a youth ? led debate surrounding youth unemployment, and a mock Commonwealth Ministerial Meeting, at the British Council.

The Royal Commonwealth Society representative for Africa Mr. John Apea says: ?empowering the youth to become ?agents of change? rather than ?objects of change? is at the heart of our Commonwealth Day celebrations here in Ghana. There is a an imperative to ensure that the youth of today develop their skills, understand their role as global citizens, and engage with challenges facing the international community. Understanding these fundamental principles of the modern Commonwealth ? tolerance, diversity, freedom, justice, democracy, human rights and sustainable development, is especially important to a generation living in an increasingly interconnected world.

Kenpong Travel and Tours kindly sponsors these events, with support from Coca ? Cola Equatorial Africa Limited, the British Council, Trashy Bags, Lizzy Sports Complex and Ohema Ohene.

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