A number of exciting projects are being developed by
CSCLeaders 2013 Alumni in response to the set
challenge: "How do people from communities across the world become
the bridge makers in the global networks of the future?"
The projects are continuing to progress. Many of them focus on
building bridges between communities and strengthening the
Commonwealth network. Implementing the ideas and insights developed
at CSCLeaders gives participants a focus for
continuing their links with each other and an opportunity to
operate beyond the world they know. As these projects evolve, we
hope they will help to frame or reframe this major challenge.
1. CC200 - Connecting Cities
Commonwealth Cities 200 (CC200) is a membership party comprised
of the approximately 200 cities within the Commonwealth that have
more than one million inhabitants.
CC200 has two primary components - an annual conference and an
online collaborative mapping platform.
Member parties convene once a year to share and promote
sustainability practices across the Commonwealth. This annual
conference may extend into separate working group meetings focused
on the societal benefits.
The CC200 will provided a mechanism for Commonwealth cities to
identify issues, demonstrate positive efforts, and expose any
issues that could be tackled by the larger membership party.
Stakeholders are: City governments, primarily the Mayors
themselves and the purpose is to share best practice and work
together to prevent catastrophic climate change.
It will be delivered by member party board of governors, an
elected group by their CC200 peers.
The outcomes will be to get 200 cities in the Commonwealth to
work together, and specific deliverables per these working group
who will continue to realign with the big issues as they present
2. Common Link - Connecting
Common Link is a technology platform that enables a secure
connection between classrooms anywhere across the
Commonwealth. It will use the latest ISO standard enterprise
security to ensure secure transmission between classrooms.
There will be an extensive, searchable contacts database so that
schools can easily find each other. Each school is assigned a
user account and through this they can discover schools in the
contacts database and make secure contact from one Common Link
school to another via email. Through this they can arrange a
times for Common Link session between classrooms.
Curriculum around the Common Link sessions will be developed to
provide an advised structure for the classrooms when they
The outcomes will be to connect schools across the Commonwealth
to deliver a more global perspective to school children and their
teachers. The platform runs itself except for some ongoing
administration and technical support.
3. Common Age - Commonwealth Association for
An organisation set up to advance the interests of older people
throughout the Commonwealth by building capability and capacity in
health and care services. Its objective is to promote and
disseminate learning experience and best practice in aged car
service design, development, provision and assurance throughout the
Commonwealth with the purpose of improving the quality of life for
older citizens in Commonwealth countries.
Common Age will be formally launched at the ACASA Conference in
Melbourne 10-13 November 2013. www.commage.org/
4. SpringBook: School library for South
The purpose of this project is to provide library resources to a
school in a Johannesburg township, forging a link with the school
and leading to the building of a library there. This project is
being run by an Imam, a Rabbi, an educationalist from Australia and
a former Chief Superintendent of the Metropolitan Police. This
project is already underway with the first batch of books delivered
to the township school this month.
5. The Commonwealth Police Association
Community Interest Company
To provide information to members of the public on
policing links between the UK and Commonwealth countries.
- Assist police organisations in Commonwealth countries.
- It will provide membership to members of the public interested
in policing in the UK and in Commonwealth countries.
- Develop an interest within serving police officers within UK
The community will benefit by being aware of policing issues
that are relevant to police forces in these countries, look at
issues specific to forces, review links and ensure that interested
members of the public have an organisation that can provide them
with this information.
It will ensure informational exchanges between commonwealth
police forces and UK forces. It will also facilitate exchange
visits between the forces in these countries, as well as
co-ordinating educational and informational conferences on policing
Members will receive monthly information bulletins, membership
benefits, access to the membership section of the Commonwealth
Police Association web-site, access to public lectures and talks on
policing and members evenings. The members evenings will allow for
networking between members to take place.
The Commonwealth Police Association will generate interest
within UK forces by promoting the Association and its benefits to
existing officers. Promotion will take place through sites like the
Police Oracle, police union magazines and other such sources.
6. Schools Link - Uganda and UK
From Susan Wamala, Headteacher, Mukono Boarding School,
The aim is to extend this model to the Solomon Islands and
Singapore first and then beyond once the model is well
Our link school is with Worplesdon Primary School in Guildford,
UK. The staff, children and parents have been able to experience
the different teaching methods and understand the challenges that
face their school. Mukono Boarding School lack resources yet
we have up to 100 in a class and follow a curriculum that requires
much learning of facts but with less attention to understanding;
our schools face the challenge of keeping their children focused
The sharing of projects and letters has helped bring an
understanding and respect of each other as people. Guildford
children are impressed that some children in Mukono can share a
different experience with them.
- There have been several teacher exchanges visits. The teachers
from Guildford have realised they can contribute to the benefit of
Mukono Boarding School and at the same time develop deeper
understanding of similarities and differences in the two
communities. Likewise the teachers from Mukono Boarding School
whenever they travel to Guildford, it broadens their minds and with
this exposure they never the same. It is such an experience!
- Our children and the staff communicate through exchange of
emails, writing letters as pen pals, articles in weekly news
- As the head teacher, I am keen to encourage a large
allotment/feeding programme to entice more children into schools.
Cultivation of crops within school grounds is proving worthwhile,
and is increasing the food for lunches. Some of the funding given
to this school goes to this purpose. Children from a different
country growing vegetables that are similar, excites our
- Our link school has supported the sanitation and hygiene by
funding a rainwater harvesting and a roofing project. Now children
needn't travel long distances to get water because a number of
tanks have been installed. Upon each building where water is
collected was re-roofed after removing asbestos iron sheets which
would be a danger to the children's lives. In conjunction with
The Kampala Kids League 500 disadvantaged children of all abilities
are now learning football skills and will take part in league
matches. The Casey Trust has helped to finance this project.
Mukono Boarding Schools kids are some of the beneficiaries.
Sports have made the children love school.