The Better World Framework

The Better World Framework is a portfolio of world initiatives addressing four thematic areas of education focusing on global issues and trends affecting young people and diverse communities  in the next 10 years. Each initiative  contains  challenges  for  young  people that inspire them to participate in their local communities and become active citizens. The thematic areas of education are as follows:


•  Environment  and  Sustainability

•  Peace and  Community  Engagement

•  Health  and  Wellbeing

•  Skills for Life


There is one Better World initiative for each thematic area  of education. Each initiative offers a set of defined paths and learning objectives relevant to its theme. These learning objectives are the basis for integrating the initiatives and its challenges into your Youth Programme. Each initiative’s learning objectives align with the principles of  Education for  Sustainable  Development  (ESD), the  World Scout  Youth  Programme  Policy, and the  Essential Characteristics  of  Scouting.


Scouts for SDGs

The Better World Framework’s primary purpose is to enable young people to become active citizens  by  undertaking  development  actions in the community. As a result of these actions, local communities develop into more resilient societies through the young people’s activation. NSOs develop, design, and deliver Scouting’s Youth Programme based on each country’s specific realities and context in your Educational Proposals. By aligning community development projects with young people’s needs, the purpose of Scouting, and the 17 SDGs, you strengthen the relevance of Scouting as a partner to tackle local issues, offering young people meaningful possibilities to transform their communities. As part of its commitment to achieving the SDGs, WOSM initiated the  Scouts for SDGs mobilisation in 2018. The effort leverages Scouting and the Better World Framework to raise awareness among young people (Scouts and non-Scouts) and inspire them to take action for the SDGs in their local communities.



Environment and Sustainability 

Peace and Community Engagement

Skills for Life

Health and Wellbeing

Earth Tribe

Messengers of Peace

Under development in 2021

Development planned for 2022

Tackling climate change, promoting sustainable habits towards eco-friendly and healthy lifestyles, connecting with nature, and protecting it towards sustainability.

Developing resilient communities and sustainable development through youth participation in decision-making processes and conflict resolution.

Bringing opportunities for young people to prepare for their transition into adulthood and a productive life. 

Building safe spaces and  resilience, and providing tools for  physical, mental, and social wellbeing.

  • Responsible consumption
  • Nature and biodiversity
  • Clean energy
  • Pollution management
  • Peacebuilding
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Culture and heritage
  • Humanitarian action
  • Civic engagement
  • Gender equality 
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Leadership
  • Literacy
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Personal safety
  • Mental health
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Inner peace and spirituality

(Use Logos)

  • Champions for Nature
  • Scouts Go Solar
  • Tide Turners Plastic


  • Dialogue Badge
  • Patrimonito
  • HeForShe



  • Interreligious Dialogue Badge
        Who are the key actors in the education for sustainable development?

        WOSM and NSOs

        Providing support and information, and developing capacity in adult leaders to empower young people to take action

        Community Actors

        Providing insights, expertise, and networks to support young people


        Support young people and NSOs by providing knowledge and financial support, as well as developing capacity

        Learning opportunities that support education for sustainable development

        of Peace


        A flagship educational 

        programme that engages Scouts in building a global culture of peace and justice through millions of individual and community service actions. Developed in partnership with Alwaleed Philanthropies.



        The Earth Tribe is a global movement of young people who are passionate about the environment and actively engaged as global citizens to preserve and protect our planet. Whether young people are involved in Scouting or not, they are able to become members of Earth Tribe and contribute to conservation and environmental action.

        of the World Award


        A voluntary service award programme that engages Scouts aged 15 to 26 years old in a local project to explore and take action around a social, environmental or economic issue impacting their community. 


        for Peace


        An educational program that invites Scouts to become ambassadors and advocates for peace through intercultural, interreligious, intergenerational,

        intergender and socialdialogue. Developed in partnership with KAICIID.

        Patrimonito Scout badge


        A programme designed to raise awareness and mobilise young people around World Heritage preservation and promotion, challenging young people between the ages of 15 and 26 to carry out their voluntary service at a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Developed in partnership with UNESCO.

        HeForShe Action Kit


        A campaign that invites Scouts to become advocates for gender equality and make the HeForShe commitment to take action against gender bias, discrimination and violence. Developed in partnership with UN Women.

        Are your initiatives part of the Better World Framework?

        Any of the programmes, campaigns, calls to action, and events focusing on community actions can be incorporated under the Better World Framework, and inspire others around the world. How are you helping to address local issues? Share with us by uploading your projects. Create your story now.

        Local actions achieving global impact
        Check out all the actions young people are carrying out around the work to make local communities stronger and more sustainable and add yours!

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