Children accompanied by their teachers celebrated Commonwealth Day at St Thomas More College Primary School in Marsaxlokk on Monday. During the activity for which Foreign Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela who was leading the celebrations raised the Commonwealth Flag while the students read out he Queen’s message as well as the Commonwealth Affirmation.
Commonwealth Day was observed in many countries in different continents. The theme chosen for 2019 is ‘A Connected Commonwealth’. This year also marked the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Commonwealth as it is today.
During his address, Minister Abela outlined the history of the Commonwealth, and explained that through the Commonwealth the various member countries developed cooperation in order to improve the life of their citizens.
An annual reception to mark Commonwealth Day, for which resident High Commissioners of the United Kingdom, Australia, Ghana and India, was held at Palazzo Parisio hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Speaker of the House Anġlu Farrugia was in London where celebrations to mark the day were organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). Farrugia participated as a panelist in the round table discussion with the theme of ‘The role of youth in combating climate change through political participation.