Time for Peaceful Coexistence
Project has been looking up to achievement of 2 specific objectives:
1) Promotion of the Peer Learning among the scouts and other youth of Georgia and the scouts of the Eurasian countries by developing basic environment protection skills and influencing their behavior towards natural environment;
2) Developing network and exchange platform between the youth of Georgia and Eurasian countries.
Scout Camp: “Time” has been implemented in Vartsikhe (Bagdati distr.), Georgia in August 6-16, 2013. About 400 participants and 70 leaders have spent 10 days in a traditional scout outdoor environment, full of scout educational activities.
Camp was divided into three villages: “Second” for smaller scouts, “Minute” for bigger scouts and “Hour” for rover scouts; Along with the overall camp activities, each village have also had their own programme: building huts, evening performances around the bonfire, art competition, talent shows, etc.
Camp programme included theoretical and practical activities on different topics: leadership and group building, traditional sport and cultural workshops (handcrafting, dancing, wrestling and culinary), archeology, healthy lifestyle and civil education, environment protection, etc. Theoretical knowledge was bolstered by the games and practical exercises. Recreational programme was also loaded with the excursions and evening performances, together with sport and intellectual competitions.
Participants were exposed to cultural learning opportunity through intercultural exchange in the World Village and in other programmes of the camp. Very good communication has been established between the scouts and leaders of 12 different countries. Georgian scouts have provided home hospitality for foreign contingents before or after the camp.
Moreover, expert of Healthy Lifestyle and Motivation, a bicycle globe-trotter, a Guinness World Record holder and a UNESCO World Sportsman and Citizen, Jumber Lejava was invited to camp to conduct workshops on proactive approach to life, health and sports, health and food, braveness and other aspects of healthy and active lifestyle.
Environmental activities have been an integral part of the whole camp programme:
Participants took part in a renewable energy workshop, where they’ve generated electricity from spoiled fruits. They’ve also created artworks from the recycled materials.
Special corner of the “World Scout Environment Programme” (WSEP) has provided crosscutting peer learning and training opportunity for the camp participants. Georgian scout leaders, who have already implemented WSEP activities in their groups have shared their experience with other participants, implemented WSEP activities together with them and handed over electronic version of Russian translated WSEP programme. The following activities have been conducted during the camp: “Sense the Nature”, “Catch the Carbon Dioxide”, “My Carbon Footprint”, “Garbage Bag Challenge”, “What disaster am I”.
MOP corner was arranged in the camp, which provided information about MOP and facilitated expansion of the MOP network.
Facebook page: MOP project “Time for Peaceful Coexistence” has been created and online conference has been organized on November 6, 2013 to follow up on the camp results and to discuss the projects/activities implemented by the camp participants on the topic of Environment Protection. Future activities have been also discussed and planned.
30 participants took part in an online conference: 25 Georgians, 1 Russian, 2 Ukrainians and 2 Armenians.
Two hours discussion created warm, interactive and friendly atmosphere of exchange between the participants. Georgian participants have continued discussion after the online conference and planned joint activities on the topic of peace and environment protection. They’ve emphasized importance of connection with scout fellows from other countries.
It was significant that along with the youth from Tbilisi, Rustavi, Martkopi and Norio, 5 youth from Tserovani IDP settlement have also taken part in the online conference. Such interaction with the fellows from neighbor countries is especially important for the IDP youth, since they are more deprived of similar possibilities.
"I’m proud to be a scout, because scouting is all about peace and sustainability" - Nika Javakhishvili from Khurvaleti IDP settlement has reported.