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We wrap up the World Scout Education Congress and announce key dates for 2024

04 December 2023
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Scouts from around the globe have once again demonstrated their dedication to shaping a future led by young individuals who are not just barrier breakers and decision-makers, but also active global citizens. This commitment, fuelled by core competencies and values, was strongly reiterated at the recent World Scout Education Congress. We were thrilled to join the Congress with strong support of Pomorskie Region. Our expo stand became a hub of excitement, welcoming Congress participants and providing them with the latest updates on the preparations for the World Scout Jamboree. The first Official Bulletin for Member Organisations will be out in July 2024. Save the date for the first online Head of Contingents Meeting planned for 11-12 December 2024!

Scouts from across the world reiterated their commitment at the 4th World Scout Education Congress to creating a world shaped by youth who are barrier breakers, decision-makers, and active global citizens, empowered by core competencies and values.

Ahmad Alhendawi, Secretary General of WOSM, said during the event’s closing ceremony in Paris, France that Scouting will further lead the way towards creating a more peaceful and inclusive world, eliminating discrimination and ensuring safe and equal opportunities for everyone.

Scouting, he said, will also build more resilient communities by educating, advocating, and empowering young people to take action for environmental sustainability.

Sessions later in the day culminated in the unveiling of a roadmap, developed as the main outcome of the Congress and designed to advance inclusive experiences to young people and offer quality value-driven citizenship education. Among its key points was a shift away from traditional youth engagement to youth leadership and towards new modes of flexible volunteering.

Meaningful action

Also during the final day of the three-day Congress, Chris Castle, UNESCO Director of Peace and Sustainable Development Division, shared his thoughts on how Scouting’s vision and mission to build a better world is what is needed in today’s world.

By 2023, Scouting aims to be the world’s leading educational youth movement, enabling 100 million young people to be active citizens creating positive change in their communities and in the world based on shared values.

He added that the Scouts are an integral component in achieving various Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), including those ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education by promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Castle said that UNESCO believes education should prepare people to lead a life of dignity, treat others with respect, and act in the face of adversity noting that there was no shortcut to empowering generations of learners with the knowledge, skills, and values, and ensuring that no one is left behind in the process.

“Education – if crafted with the proper tools – can become a force that motivates and empowers learners to make informed decisions and take meaningful action at the community and global levels. [It] gives us more than just hope in the face of uncertainty, it gives us something to do. It allows us to be part of the solution,“ Castle said.

Global partnerships for sustainable development 

In an earlier session on innovation in Scouting, Asheesh Advani, President and Chief Executive Officer of Junior Achievement, said that stakeholders in non-formal education, including Scouts, need to promote more global partnerships in sustainable development.

Speaking during the same session, Anna Segall, Chief Executive of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), said there was a need to think of the needs of volunteers of all ages to give them a sense of belonging. Segall also underscored the need to attract young volunteers who can add value to the needs of youth movements like Scouts and WAGGGS.

Human rights education

Other notable sessions included breakouts that focused on how human rights education in Scouting can empower young people. The session delved into how through Scouting, young people can become more exposed to the ideas and principles of human rights education as a core tool for youth empowerment.

It also gave participants the opportunity to learn about how the Scout Method can be more closely aligned with a human rights-based approach to education to enable Scouts to respond to humanitarian situations and global challenges.

The Scout method applies various elements that support Scouting’s purpose and principles, and creates a cohesive and balanced system for young people to experience the true potential of Scouting in a safe environment. By empowering young people to become active citizens, speakers said that they will gain lifelong learning and skills based on shared values, education, and fun.

With the Jamboree exhibition and members of the team involved in sessions and breakouts the Jamboree Planning Team acts actively to disseminate informations about the Jamboree and to connect with the international community. The Pomorskie Voivodeship is an official partner of our participation to the Congress.

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Organising Committee for the
26th World Scout Jamboree

Za murami 2-10
80-823 Gdańsk, Poland
[email protected]

Contact

Organising Committee for
the 26th World Scout Jamboree

Za murami 2-10, 80-823 Gdańsk, Poland
[email protected]
The Organising Committee for the XXVI World Scout Jamboree has been established by Związek Harcerstwa Polskiego as a foundation under the Host Organisation Agreement, providing a legal entity for the planning and delivery of the World Scout Jamboree Poland 2027. The foundation is registered in the National Court Register held by the District Court Gdańsk-Północ in Gdańsk under the number KRS 0001022285. It has a tax identification number of PL-583-347-28-08 and a statistical number REGON 52467170500000. The foundation’s legal seat is located at Za murami 2-10, 80-823 Gdańsk, Poland.