The two Manx students who attended the Observance of Commonwealth Day celebrations in London on Monday March 9th have said the experience was ‘a great honour’ and ‘very memorable’.
Laura Green, 22, from Port St Mary and Clare Harris, 18, from Colby, were selected by the Executive Committee of the Isle of Man branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) to attend the proceedings at Westminster Abbey and later at Marlborough House, headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat. They were among some 1000 young people attending the event, the theme for which was ‘A Young Commonwealth’.
Now studying for a Masters Degree in International Law at The Hague, former Castle Rushen High School student Miss Green said: ‘I feel privileged to have been able to participate in such a unique and very memorable day, and would like to thank the Isle of Man Branch of the CPA for making this experience possible. I found it inspiring to have the opportunity to engage in discussions with so many like-minded students from across the world; we learnt a great deal about the values and role of the Commonwealth, and the CPA’s practical role in developing parliamentary democracy and the rule of law that I can now apply to my studies.’
Castle Rushen High School student Miss Harris added: ‘Representing the Island at the Commonwealth Observance Day has been a great honour, a thoroughly enjoyable experience and one which I would recommend to others in the future.’
CPA Isle of Man branch chairman Hon Juan Watterson MHK said: ‘I am pleased that our Isle of Man representatives Clare and Laura gained so much from the experience. This year’s theme symbolised all that the CPA is doing in its work to connect with and inspire young people across the 53 nations of the Commonwealth “family” of more than two billion, of which more than 60 per cent are under 30 years of age.
‘It is also an opportunity for them to raise awareness of the Island with future leaders from other countries, as well as to share stories and learn first-hand from other young people about what it is like living in the many and varied counties that make up the Commonwealth, from the world’s largest democracy, India, to some of its smallest.’
Laura Green and Clare Harris are pictured outside Westminster Abbey.
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