PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE PROMOTION: Commonwealth Quiz for students at the House of Representatives

As part of the Commonwealth Day 2019 celebrations held around the world on March 11, 2019, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion co-hosted a Commonwealth Quiz for secondary school students at the House of Representatives in collaboration with the Office of the Speaker.

This event kicked off with opening remarks by the Speaker of the House of Representatives followed by a speech by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Carmelo Abela. The Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs also addressed the students. The students attending this event took part in a quiz regarding the Commonwealth and Malta’s contribution within this international organisation.

The students, fifty in total, hailing from Sir Thomas More College, had been suitably prepared by their teachers on Commonwealth related affairs.

In his address to the students, Minister Carmelo Abela outlined that over 60% of the Commonwealth’s aggregate population are aged 30 years or under. Furthermore, Minister Abela remarked that the role of the Commonwealth is to continue providing opportunities for education and training for young people and by engaging young people in the political life of their nations.

Minister Abela also mentioned Malta’s role as a champion of small states, within this organisation and its contribution in the form of the Small States Centre of Excellence as well as the Commonwealth Trade Finance Facility, both hosted in Malta.

The group of students were also welcomed at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion together with their educators and the college management.

Minister Abela praised the College management and educators for their role in promoting the Commonwealth among 14 to 16-year olds attending this institution.

Source: Government of Malta