3rd World Scout Education Congress to take place in Brazil in December 2019
Kuala Lumpur, 3 May 2018 – The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) has selected Brazil to host the 3rd World Scout Education Congress to discuss the development of Scouting’s educational programmes in a rapidly changing world, and strategies to ensure the Movement continues to innovate in non-formal education for young people.
Some 200 experts from around the world will meet in Rio de Janeiro from 9-11 December next year - specialists in non-formal education and representatives of youth development in Scouting. On the agenda will be innovations in education, the inclusion of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Scouting programme and support for volunteers in youth organisations.
Announcing the World Scout Committee’s decision to hold the Congress in Brazil, where membership growth was the second fastest in the Interamerican Scout Region in the five years to 2015, Chairperson Craig Turpie said: “This choice is due to the Scouts of Brazil being an important reference in Scout education worldwide, and we also acknowledge their incredible growth, which was recognised during the World Scout Conference in Baku last year.”
The World Scout Education Congress has become a major forum for experts in non-formal education as well as Scouting’s educational leaders since it was first held in Hong Kong in 2014. “Scouting is the world’s largest educational youth movement with some 50 million members across the world,” said Ahmad Alhendawi, Secretary General, WOSM. “The Movement is a champion of non-formal education and the Education Congress is central to our efforts to regularly improve our educational programme to ensure it continues to be attractive and relevant to today’s young people.”
“I am delighted that the 3rd World Scout Education Congress will take place in Brazil next year,” added Pia Melin Mortensen, Chair of the Organising Team and a member of the World Scout Committee. “The Congress will be an opportunity for World Scouting to bring together the key people concerned with education in our Movement to discuss how we can continue to ensure that Scouting’s unique model of non-formal education remains relevant in a fast-changing world, and how we can meet the needs of even more young people.”
The Rio Congress will build on the discussions on education held in Switzerland last year when delegates identified five developments to watch: the trend among schools towards non-formal education, shifting demographics worldwide, migration and urbanisation, the expansion of digital media and globalisation.
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Note to editors: More details and a report on the outcomes of the 2nd World Scout Education Congress that was held in Kandersteg, Switzerland can be found on https://www.scout.org/scouts-changing-the-world.
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About WOSM Scouting is one of the world’s leading educational youth movements, engaging millions of young people around the world to be active citizens and create positive change in their communities. Founded by Lord Baden-Powell in 1907, WOSM is a confederation of 169 National Scout Organizations in a network of over 50 million Scouts in at least 224 countries and territories worldwide. WOSM is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur. Find out more at www.scout.org.