Commonwealth Connections is a joint project from the British Council and the Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, running from the autumn 2021 until July 2022, twinning 60 schools in the West Midlands with counterparts from the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
The British Council is delivering the project in partnership with the Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP) and the Youth Sport Trust (YST).
Using sport and art, the project seeks to create connections between young people on shared Commonwealth values. The project forms part of the Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee’s Youth and Education programme.
Participating schools from the West Midlands are represented across the following seven local authorities: Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Wolverhampton.
They are partnered with schools in ten Commonwealth Countries: Ghana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, and Zambia
Digital versions of the sports and arts activities these schools will be carrying out will be made available here for schools everywhere to access in the months leading up to the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Your school can get involved with the Commonwealth Games 2022 Schools Resource. The activities are designed for schools, with or without a partner, to celebrate the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth’s ongoing work to improve the lives of its citizens.
If your school wants to get connected with an international partner, explore our partner finding tool, with simple tips to find and get started on your own international journey with a partner school.