Scouts of Brazil hosts second education congress with focus on non-formal education

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by World Scouting from Malaysia
Publication date: 7th Sep 2018
Creator: World Scouting

The Scouts of Brazil (Escoteiros do Brazil) is holding its second National Scout Education Congress to discuss key issues in non-formal education and Scouting.

The three-day event will start on September 7 in Campinas in the state of São Paulo with discussions focussed around the theme: Scouting: Education in Movement! Speakers include Pia Melin Mortensen, representative of the World Scout Committee, Stephen Peck, director at the World Scout Bureau, and Alessandro Garcia Viera, president of Escoteiros do Brasil.

Brazil stands out as a pioneer in discussions about non-formal education and was one of the first countries in Scouting to organise its own education congress, which looked at the positive effect of Scouting on its young members.

The second congress will explore new technologies and inclusive practices in non-formal education, in line with the UN’s 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Different speakers will highlight activities developed in line with the Scout Method, and academic research into the impact of Scouting. A number of posters will be exhibited to showcase the most successful projects.

Education professionals from Brazil will also attend the event, including Roberto Greco, professor of the Universidade Estadual de Campinas – UNICAMP, José Vicente de Freitas, PostDoc in Environmental Sciences, and working in the Graduate Program in Environmental Education of UNICAMP; and Hector Carrer, and educator and member of the Argentine Scout Movement who heads a publisher of educational games.

Brazil is set to host the 3rd World Scout Education Congress in Rio de Janeiro next December. The 2019 Congress is expected to address issues such as the trend among schools towards non-formal education, shifting global demographics and the growth of digital media.

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