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  • 26. Mar 2014

For the next few days we are having a daily blog to help record what we’ve been learning here, and share if for those not lucky enough to join us. We hope that it will be interesting for you to look at what we’re doing- and hope that you will find it useful too! The team writing are Papa (Senegal), Beyai (The Gambia), Jean (Burundi), Selina (Germany) and Luke (UK).

We hope to bring you an update of what we’ve done each day and some key learning points from these activities. Lastly, we would like to bring you one big idea and ask you one question from each of our working groups. These will be looking at migrants in Scouting, religious groups in Scouting, women in Scouting, rural communities in Scouting, and a working group looking at creating an ideas box to support diversity and inclusion in the partner NSOs/NSAs.

From 24th- 21st March the Unguvu project is taking place in Ethiopia. It’s an African and European partnership about diversity and inclusion. There are two particpants per country. From Africa there are Burundi, Senegal, Chad, The Gambia, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Burkino Faso. From Europe there are Finland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, UK and Sweden. There are 28 participants and six planners- including two experts! Yesterday the Europeans arrived with the Africans joining them later in time for the workshop.

The programme started today in the morning with a brief opening and introduction of the Unguvu project. It’s aims and objects as well as some of it’s challenges were presented, as well as the participants expectations, fears and what skills they all bring and various ice breakers. We learnt to work together as a team, and then started to look at European- African Scout partnerships. After lunch we had an introduction to diversity and inclusion, looking at how pictures and words can demonstrate different situations. We then split into our working groups for the evening.

Key learning points-
• You cannot see diversity from one simple picture. It’s a very complex subject.
• European-African partnerships can be used to develop upon some of the most challenging issues within the NSOs/NSAs.
• Partnership arrangements must present value for both organisations.

Our question and idea for this blog comes from the gender working group.

Big Question- How do we break free from tradition without insulting and violating cultural values?

Big Idea- Gather a few girl Scouts from your unit to visit the parents and family of the females who might not be allowed to join Scouting by their family. They can explain the activities they take part in, and make them feel at ease with the unit.

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