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1 The Commonwealth I will: Examine the history of the commonwealth.
Understand the purpose of the commonwealth. Know what the commonwealth does. Conduct a research project on a commonwealth country.

2 Sports at the Commonwealth Games:
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Work in a group of 4 to complete the list. Think of as many examples as possible.

3 Did your list include these sports?
Athletics Badminton Basketball Boxing Swimming Synchronised swimming Diving Cycling Hockey Netball Rugby Shooting table tennis Weightlifting triathlon Did your list include these sports?

4 The British Empire Became the Commonwealth
By the end of the 19th Century the British Empire ruled about a quarter of the Earths population. There is no denying that the British Empire did some ugly things to the people in the countries that they ruled but they also did some good things too. Things have changed a lot over the years. The first colonies to gain independence were Canada and Australia. Even though they gained independence in the late nineteenth century they still recognised the British monarchy. In 1931 the British Commonwealth of Nations was formed. Britain's former colonies chose whether or not they wanted to be part of it when they became independent. After the Second World War the rest of the British Empire began to collapse. Nationalist uprisings forced Britain to give independence to its colonies. Most of the former colonies chose to join the Commonwealth. The last British colony to gain independence was Belize in 1981. The British Commonwealth of Nations has since become The Commonwealth of Nations. There are now 53 members of the Commonwealth. The official head of the Commonwealth is the British monarch. All of the members of the Commonwealth are former British colonies except Mozambique who was granted membership in 1995.

5 There are now 53 members of the Commonwealth.
Do you recognise any of the flags?

6 Antigua and Barbuda Australia Bahamas Bangladesh Barbados Belize Botswana Brunei Darussalam Cameroon Canada Cyprus Dominica Fiji Islands Gambia Ghana Grenada Guyana India Jamaica Kenya Kiribati Lesotho Malawi Malaysia Maldives Malia Mauritius Mozambique Namibia Nauru New Zealand Nigeria Pakistan Papua New Guini St Kitts and Nevis St Lucia St Vincent and the Grenadines Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Solomon Islands South Africa Sri Lanka Swaziland Tanzania Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tuvalu Uganda United Kingdom Vanuatu Western Samoa Zambia

7 defend trade agreements discussion
What’s It All About? At first the Commonwealth was mainly about ______. Britain also promised to ______ it’s former colonies if they were attacked. The Commonwealth is now mainly about ______. It encourages cultural and sporting links between it’s members. defend trade agreements discussion

8 What does the Commonwealth do?
The heads of each country meet to discuss things that concern all members – like human rights issues, economic and social development and the environment. Members work with each other to improve the quality of life in each country. The more developed members give aid to development projects in other countries. It is committed to the environment and to sustainable development. Meetings are about health, education, women's affairs, agriculture and science. What does the Commonwealth do? It runs projects such as immunisation and HIV awareness campaigns. It helps countries working towards democracy to, sending advisors and observers to check that elections are carried out properly.

9 What the Commonwealth Do:
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Complete the list working in your group.

10 Display Create a display on the Commonwealth country that you reseerched. The display should include as much information as possible.

11 Questions What is the value of the Commonwealth games for the countries that participate? What do you think are the advantages ad disadvantages to belonging to the Commonwealth? Some people say that the Commonwealth is outdated and ineffective. Other people say that the Commonwealth promote friendship and good will. What do you think?

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