Ice cream check by Alhendawi
This weekend, World Scout Education Congress is currently happening at Kandersteg International Scout Centre, one of the scouting hearts in Europe. The purpose is to assist NSOs in building capacity in the areas of Youth Programme and Adults in Scouting.
The very first speaker was Ahmad Alhendawi, the Secretary General of WOSM since March 2017. He gave many valuable insights about trends, and compared humanity with ice-cream, in economic terms.
Ahmad Alhendawi keynote speaker at #ScoutCongress #theta360 - Spherical Image
“Every year, the world is spending around 60 billion US-dollars on ice-cream. At the same time, we have 225 million youth who are NEET, meaning Not in Education, Employment, or Training. To provide those kids with 12 years of education would cost 40 billion US-dollars”, Mr. Alhendawi said.
He questioned why we can’t afford to spend more on humanitarian systems when it’s three times less on what we spend on ice-cream.
Another purpose for the congress is to help shape the focus for educational methods around the world from 2017 onwards. The first day was focused on the future. It ‘fast forwarded’ participants to the future, to 2023, where they could consider some of the forecast changes in society, demography, technology, and other trends, as well as what this means for young people and education.
Around 100 different sessions are arranged during the congress days, and Dialogue in the modern world as well as Critical skills for 2023 were two of the themes. During the session about Values and young people, it was discussed about exploring the changing values of society and young people, the rise of extremist views and how to help young people develop values based on their beliefs to prepare them for 2023.
Scouting in cities was one of the sessions that were live streamed – and could be seen afterwards here. And here are some participant's reflections after the session on Diversity and Inclusion:
More than 200 representatives from around 100 different countries are currently in Kandersteg. In the evening, the pinkies were flipping hamburgers en masse.
Burger flipping in Kandersteg #theta360 - Spherical Image
So, how was the first day at the World Scout Education Congress? We asked some of the participants, and the result could be seen here:
Dinner at #ScoutCongress #theta360 - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA
Footnote: Even though the congress started on Friday, there were some pre-activities already on Thursday. A campfire as well as the opening ceremony was arranged, and almost 100.000 people were reached by the opening ceremony which was live streamed via Facebook. Also, don’t miss the popular arrival movie!