Young people globally tune in for JOTA-JOTI 2020
Over three million young people from more than 200 countries and territories began connecting online and over the airwaves today for the start of the Jamboree-on-the-Air-Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTA-JOTI), the largest digital and radio Scouting event which is taking place from 16 to 18 October. This year’s event kicks off with an energetic live show on Friday starting at 12:00 p.m. GMT, and will set the stage for a weekend of activities, conversations, webinars, campfires, quizzes, radio activities and more!
Convened amid the COVID-19 pandemic which has impacted young people globally, the event offers a unique opportunity for young people to connect and promote friendship and global citizenship through a wide range of fun and educational opportunities. The event enables millions of young people worldwide to learn about 21st century skills, communication technology, health and wellbeing and the values of being active global citizens.
What’s new this year?
As a newly designed feature, JOTA-JOTI participants will be able to explore the event programme through an interactive 3D campsite. Individuals or Scout groups can start their JOTA-JOTI journey by entering different areas such as the Knowledge Lab, Celebration Arena, Fun Zone, and Amateur Radio Centre.
The JOTA-JOTI live shows will feature two episodes each day giving young people an opportunity to tune in from anywhere in the world via Facebook, YouTube and via the Youth Got Talent Stage. The live show episodes will be hosted by talented youth from Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil and the Philippines.
The live shows will feature daily highlights of JOTA-JOTI activities, and give participants a chance to vote for their favourite talent show performances, meet Scout groups around the globe, and engage with special guests, including Chief Ambassador of World Scouting and adventurer Bear Grylls, European Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen, and conservationist Sacha Dench who recently flew a paraglider across continents to document swan migration.
Recognising the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on young people, the theme for this year’s JOTA-JOTI focuses on connecting young people together with an educational programme centred around learning paths related to the topics of community, friendship, nature, health and advocacy. Everyday, participants will engage in online dialogue and webinars offered in multiple languages about nature preservation, climate change, equality, and youth advocacy. Several key partners including Alwaleed Philanthropies, WWF, UN Environment, UNICEF, UNESCO, Wikimedia Foundation and the World’s Largest Lesson are supporting the event by facilitating online dialogues and webinars with youth and contributing educational content.
Other activities on the virtual campsite that will happen during the event include a humanitarian radio simulation, Jeopardy game, dance parties hosted by DJs from around the world, and a number of celebrations to mark the 10-year milestone of the Messengers of Peace initiative, 100th anniversary of the World Scout Jamboree, and the nearly two billion hours of community service that Scouts have contributed towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
To ensure everyone has a safe and inclusive JOTA-JOTI experience, participants have been provided with safety guidelines, and are encouraged to take the Be Safe Online e-learning course before the event.