Posted on 11 March 2019
Students taking part in the Commonwealth Flag ceremony alongside the Mayor of Farnham, Cllr David Attfield
Students from Farnham Sixth Form College once again supported Farnham Town Council in raising the Commonwealth Flag on Commonwealth day (Monday 11 March), joining with communities across the UK and the 53 nations.
2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Commonwealth as it is configured today, with old ties and new links enabling cooperation towards social, political and economic development which is both inclusive and sustainable. The values and principles around which the 53 member countries and their 2.4 billion people connect are brought together in the Commonwealth Charter - including tolerance, freedom of expression, respect for human rights, the rule of law, protecting the environment, access to health, education, food and shelter, and gender equality.
Each year there is a commonwealth theme, and for 2019 it is ‘A Connected Commonwealth’.
The theme ‘A Connected Commonwealth’ encourages collaboration to protect natural resources and the environment – particularly, with the adoption in 2018 of the Commonwealth Blue Charter, of the ocean which connects so many member countries. Under the Connectivity Agenda for Trade and Investment there is increased cooperation on trade and investment towards inclusive economic empowerment so that all people, particularly women, youth and marginalised communities, are able to share the fruit of progress and prosperity.
Head of Campus Neil Brookes and students joined the Mayor of Farnham, Cllr David Attfield, for a short ceremony and reception to mark this occasion at the Council Offices.