National Organization of Scouts of Ukraine develops Peace Platform to unite the country
In 2012, Ukraine started implementing the national project, "Peace Platform: Scouting unites Ukraine." On the 100th anniversary of Scouting in Ukraine and as part of the project, many Scout groups of the National Organization of Scouts of Ukraine (NOSU) joined together to design and organize joint national programs and activities.
With the support of the Parliament of Ukraine and the Ministry of Youth, the Peace Platform has put on social initiatives such as the Ukrainian Scout Forum in the Cherkassy Region, Scientific and Methodical Conference, 100th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Scouting: History and Prospects for Development in Kyiv, Festival of Scout Creativity in Mykolaiv, Jamboree "Su - Uchkhan" in Crimea, Summer Scout Camp in Odessa Region, Ivano in Frankivsk Region, Gathering "Gilea" in Zaporizha, and "School of a Warrior" in Lviv Region. Another project called, "100 Good Deeds to the 100th Anniversary of Ukrainian Scouting," was implemented in all NOSU regional offices. Approximately 96 Ukrainian Scouts from different parts of the country joined the Messengers of Peace Initiative and registered on www.scoutmessengers.org, which has now merged with www.scout.org. By posting photos of their good deeds, they shared their experience with other Scouts around the world.
Between 2012 and 2013, NOSU worked toward establishing the National Scout Youth Program with inputs from Ukrainian Scouts in seminars and a conference. In May 2013, Scout leaders met with the Minister of Education of Ukraine, Dmitry Tabachnik, to develop the National Scout Youth Program. Through this program, youths will participate in socially beneficial activities, life competency sessions, and ideal characteristics and image of Scouting to help define what it means to be a young citizen of Ukraine. The goal of the National Scout Youth Program is to better integrate Ukrainian Scouts into the world community.
Thanks to this Messengers of Peace Project, the departments of NOSU are able to create informational and resource centers to train Scout leaders, increase membership of the organization by 150 percent, and bring about an even more positive impact of Scouting to the 7,750 Ukrainian youth leaders and their mentors.
The Project is gaining popularity and continuing to develop in the 27 regions of Ukraine. Each Ukrainian Scout now has a chance to become a Messenger of Peace!
This project was supported by the Messengers of Peace Support Fund.