Observance of Commonwealth Day
Various schools across the Island gathered at the Arawak House of culture on Monday March 10th in observance of Commonwealth Day.
Commonwealth Day is an annual event, celebrated on the second Monday in March, to promote an understanding on global issues, international co-operation and the work of Commonwealth organisations, whose aim to improve the lives of citizens.
The event this year was administered under the theme “Team Commonwealth”.
The Commonwealth is made up of 53 independent sovereign states, mostly former British colonies, or dependencies of these colonies.
Speaker of the House of Assembly, Honourable Alix Boyd-Knights gave the welcoming address.
“The Commonwealth team is an extraordinary one, where 53 different countries have united to share values, experiences, best practices with one common goal in mind – to improve the lives of the people and to develop our countries”, she said.
Mrs. Boyd-Knights went on to highlight the slow disintegration of the Commonwealth’s once lively relationship between its member states and its citizens, using the example of its unfamiliarity today in Dominica and hopes that this year’s Commonwealth theme will “ignite a spark” and cause us to be more united with each other.
His Excellency, the President, Mr. Charles Savarin, subsequently released the Commonwealth Day Message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
According to the statement, the Queen looks forward to building a brighter and better future in which we can all play our part and share in its rewards.
The ceremony concluded with Bidding Prayers from Ministers in the various Ministries of the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica, students and teachers as well as education officers.