Four Cypriot Students are included among this year’s prizewinners in The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition. The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest schools international writing competition, and is an inspiring and meaningful chance for young people to express their views on contemporary issues internationally. Each year, thousands of young people take the opportunity to explore their understanding of the past, concerns for the present and hopes for the future through the written word.

This well-established and highly distinguished institution has been actively adopted, endorsed, and promoted by the RCS Cyprus for the year 2020, under the explicit purpose of multiplying young Cypriots’ participation in the Commonwealth networks, and the furtherance of the Commonwealth values. Our arduous efforts have come to fruition due to the unstinting support of the G C School of Careers management and teaching staff, whom we would like to warmly congratulate on the successful performance of their students.

More importantly, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to the following students: Diamando Argyrou, who received a Gold Award and Yiannis Stratis, Konstantinos Chrysostomou, and Georgia Kyriakou, who received a Silver Award. These exquisite youngsters, students of the G C School of Careers, excelled at the 2020 rounds of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition on ‘Climate Action and the Commonwealth’, a topical subject with transgenerational implications. The competition was very hard, but the young participants were able to prevail, thanks to their hard work and their teachers’ guidance.

For our part, we reaffirm our strong commitment to strengthen the Commonwealth ties and wean our younger generations on the Commonwealth principles. It is beyond doubt that the forthcoming 2021 rounds of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition will be the best opportunity to include more of our future community leaders to this great endeavour.

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