Coinciding with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018, non-profit leadership development organization Common Purpose is set to unveil Commonwealth100, a free online leadership program that connects young people in the Commonwealth to develop 21st Century leadership skills.
The program is being workshopped on at the CHOGM’s Commonwealth Youth Forum 2018 on Wednesday, before being launched at the High Commission of Zambia in London on Friday, April 20, according to a Common Purpose press release.
Commonwealth100 is supported by the Scottish Government, Bank of Zambia and British Council Bangladesh. Using an interactive online platform, young people have the opportunity to develop their Open Source Leadership skills through the program, the press release said.
Open Source Leadership skills is a concept co-created with 1,000 young people in the Commonwealth, who were asked what leadership traits they would need when the Commonwealth celebrates its centenary in 2031.
The online program will be launched by Adirupa Sengupta, CEO of Common Purpose Asia-Pacific. For the past six years, she has delivered CSCLeaders, a global leadership program for exceptional senior leaders in the Commonwealth. CSCLeaders is a partnership between Common Purpose and the Duke of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Study Conferences (UK Fund).
“With a shared language and a population of over 2.4 billion people, the Commonwealth, to me, represents an enormous opportunity, but only if we can leverage the power of its diverse networks and create opportunities for the 60% of the Commonwealth who are under thirty. In a world where problems cross boundaries, we need leaders who can cross boundaries too,” Adirupa Sengupta said in the press release.
“For six years, CSCLeaders has connected a truly diverse group of senior leaders. Now, Common Purpose is delighted to launch Commonwealth100, which develops understanding between young people in the Commonwealth and aims to equip them with leadership skills for tomorrow,” she added.
The Commonwealth100 concept was first launched in Dhaka by Speaker of the Bangladesh Parliament Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in October 2017.