The Commonwealth and Singapore
Singapore is a country located in the Asia Region. It joined the Commonwealth in 1965 after it gained independence from Malaysia. The Commonwealth is an organization which works for the betterment of the world. The countries included in it are Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Cameroon, Cyprus Dominica, Canada, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mallow, Mozambique, New Zealand, Namibia, Nauru, , Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, St Kitts and Nevis, Sri Lanka, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu, Zambia. All these countries have a common language “English” and in times of need they reach out to each other. They are not bound to the Queen of England -who is the head of the Commonwealth- but there are some rules and laws that are decided by the queen which are followed by the other countries.
Singapore in an island located in the Southeast part of Asia. After getting independence it joined the Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation, Non-Aligned Movement, United Nations and World Trade Organization. All these organizations have helped it flourish and develop it into the beautiful country it is now. Singapore has the offices of Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation. Singapore and the Commonwealth have a strong relationship which is only increased by the fact that Singapore has participated in the Commonwealth games since 1958. It has won 40 medals since then and holds a good overall position. Singapore has a high birth rate and is in fact the most tightly inhabited country of the Commonwealth. The development of Singapore can be guessed by the fact that it has the lowest infant mortality rate in all the countries of the Commonwealth. It is worth noting that nearly 997 infants out of 1000 survive at birth. When it was first recognized as an official country on the world map the people of Singapore were mostly illiterate and were laborers. They had to struggle hard to compete internationally and the hard work they put in bore fruit. Now Singapore is classified as the best country in the world with the greatest economic freedom.
Apart from being an active member of the Commonwealth, it is an honor to say that Singapore has won the yearly Commonwealth Essay Competition nine times since 1983. 1983 was the first year when the Essay Competition was started. No other country has ever won this competition more than three times. This shows that the education level of Singapore is one of the highest in the world. The government of Singapore is keen to share their educational success with other members of the Commonwealth and so offer scholarships for postgraduate study in integrative sciences and engineering to the citizens.