Joseph Osei-Owusu — First Deputy Speaker of Parliament
Joseph Osei-Owusu — First Deputy Speaker of Parliament

Student parliamentarians commemorate 75th C’wealth Day

In a spirited display of intellect and diplomacy, student parliamentarians from various institutions across the country gathered in Parliament to mark the 75th Commonwealth Day celebration last Monday. 


Organised by the Department of Public Engagement of the Parliament of Ghana, the event showcased the talent and commitment of young leaders in addressing pressing global issues.

On the theme: "One resilient common future: Transforming our commonwealth,” the celebration featured a mock sitting and a debate which saw the students engaged in discussions on climate change and inclusive measures for a resilient future.


Six schools participated in the debate, with three advocating inclusive measures to address the impact of climate change, while three opposed the motion.

In a keenly-contested debate, the University of Cape Coast emerged winners, displaying impressive debating skills and eloquence.

The University of Ghana and the Ho Technical University secured the first and second runners-up positions, respectively, demonstrating their dedication to addressing global challenges through meaningful dialogue and collaboration.


The event also featured a poignant Throne Speech delivered by the First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei-Owusu, who highlighted the significance of the Commonwealth as a platform for understanding and addressing inequalities and injustices.

His Majesty, King Charles III's message emphasised the importance of friendship and connection within the Commonwealth family, underscoring the shared values and aspirations of member nations.

The Commonwealth Day celebration, observed annually on the second Monday in March across all 56 member nations, serves as a platform for reflection on shared heritage, diversity and teamwork principles.

Originating from the decolonisation of the British Empire, the event has evolved into a celebration of common goals and aspirations, fostering intellectual discourse and critical thinking among the youth in Ghana.

This year’s event did not only showcase the talent and dedication of student parliamentarians but also reaffirmed the country's commitment to address global challenges through collaboration and dialogue within the Commonwealth family.

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