HONG KONG - After three days of discussions, meetings and exchange between people from all over the world, the 1st World Scout Education Congress has come to an end. The event gathered almost 500 participants from more than 100 countries to discuss the future of education in Scouting. Over 1,000 people also took part online, watching live-sessions and posting comments and questions.
- "The sheer quantity, quality and variety of insights gathered in just three days are incredible. It is clear that the Scout Method provides solutions for many of the issues raised, but its implementation has to be constantly adjusted to the current societal context", says Scott Teare, Secretary-General of WOSM
Keynote speakers at the Congress included Christine Loh, a senior member of the Government of Hong Kong, Chris Lonsdale, a highly successful businessman in the Asia-Pacific region, and Amr Khaled, leading social entrepreneur in the Arab region. A recurring theme in their presentations was the need to empower young people with the right skills to successfully navigate the future. Videos from the keynote addresses and recorded sessions are available on the Conference website and the World Scouting YouTube channel..
The World Scout Education Congress was just the beginning of a process of exploration into the education that Scouting offers to young people and of the societal factors that impact upon how Scouting achieves its mission now and in the future. This work will continue during the months ahead. A report on the outcome of the Congress will be published within three months after the event. But already, a first summary of the discussions and outcomes is available as an illustration in the form of a mind-map. Highlighted areas include 21st Century Lifeskills, promoting diversity, youth empowerment and interconnectivity.