First Seminar on Youth Involvement in Decision Making debuts in Thailand
The first seminar on Youth Involvement in Decision-Making took place recently in the Asia-Pacific Region, hosted by the National Scout Organization of Thailand. This seminar attracted 40 participants from 14 countries, across an age-range from 17-67 years of age. They spent four days sharing experiences on Youth Involvement and discussing how young people of all ages in Scouting can be involved in decision-making in the Unit, Institutionally and in the community.
During the seminar the participants received and input on the draft Vision and Strategy that has been developed for consideration by the World Scout Conference in Brazil in 2011. The participants provided valuable feedback on the strategy framework and provided insightful ideas on how this could be supported in NSOs.
During the seminar various examples of good practice were presented by Scouts Australia, Gerakan Pramuka, the National Scout Organization of Thailand and the Singapore Scouts Association.
The action plans include the following ideas:
- Work with the National Programme Commissioner and National Training Commissioner to work together to strengthen the content of youth involvement and training leaders to deliver this.
- There is a need to develop access to relevant technologies that support networking and communications and the capacity of adults to use these technologies to strengthen youth involvement. The government however has declared ‘digital Bangladesh by 2020’.
- Need to gather more support from the Ministry of Education as Scouting is located in schools.
- Will work with the Presidents of Districts to encourage and motivate greater participation of Scouting in decision-making at local levels.
- Currently in the process of establishing a National Youth Forum.
Recommendations from the Seminar include, a request for a balance of young adults and leaders at all seminars and workshops in the Region. More seminars could be held on strategies for youth involvement and be based at NSOs level, perhaps bringing a small group of similar NSOs together. The establishment of a resource sharing network so that resources can be shared. Compare with Goose Network. For Scout organisations that are still in an early stage of development, youth involvement should be considered a high priority in the development of the programme and organisational structures of these NSOs.