Scouts’ Global Goals Success Stories Inspire Many on Scouting Day
Every year, Scouts are reminded of the crucial role that service to others plays in Scouting. Scouting day takes place on the 22nd of February of every year to celebrate Robert Baden-Powell’s birthday, the founder of the Scouting movement.
This year’s celebration, despite being held online , has been a source of inspiration for many young people in the audience, to take actions in their communities. Four Scout of the World awardees were at the center of the celebration.
The Scout of the World Award is the only award for young people offered by World Scouting. It challenges Scouts aged between 15 and 26 years to reflect on global issues that matter the most to them, and take action in their local communities. This is to champion the well-known motto of “Think Global, Act Local”.
The four Awardees, Ammar and Elizabeth from the UK, Kostantinos from Greece and Marine from France, have also been joined by a panel of guests that included Caroline Petit, Deputy Director of the UNRIC in Brussels, João Costa, Portuguese State Secretary attached to the Minister for Education and Petra Muellerova Parliamentary Assistant to Michaela Sojdrova, Member of the European Parliament.
The projects have been presented by the Scouts Awardees through presentations and videos that helped the audience fully appreciate the field contribution of Scouts to the Sustainable Development Goals in their communities.
Ammar is a Scout from Preston, the UK. He launched a solidarity action with his friends to provide food to the needy in his community. Together with local suppliers , he has helped to feed over 142 families since last April.
“The impact has been allowing thousands at various times over the past months, not going hungry. We also recognised the issue of loneliness and worked to check on elderly people and help them as they are also vulnerable during this pandemic. “ He said.
Ammar also appreciated the opportunity of sharing his story with a wide audience on Scouting Day:
“I think it's great that through this event, many people were able to receive recognition and praise for all their selfless hard work and efforts in making a difference not only to the City of Preston but also in contributing towards the Sustainable Development Goals and in thinking globally and acting locally.” He added.
Elizabeth, during her voluntary service, has researched Period Poverty and the environmental impact of disposable period products.
“With the charity Freedom4Girls, I made reusable sanitary towels recycling old materials to distribute to those in need and created an educational session on period poverty to address hygiene issues and stigma around periods.” She explained.
“I felt so privileged to be able to share my project. Both Scouting and Period Poverty are so important to me, so to be able to combine the two and share my project with a multinational audience was just incredible. To see something that I started at my dining room table in Rotherham have an impact on this kind of scale makes me feel both proud and humbled in equal measure. “ She commented.
In Greece Kostantinos helped the staff at Kotychi-Strofylia Wetlands National Park, recording and monitoring the endangered species in the lagoons and in the coastal areas. He supported the local staff researching on pollutants and contamination, ensuring the conservation of the protected areas.
“Environmental activities within a protected maritime area, which is particularly fragile and suffers from climate changes, made me a more committed citizen”. He proudly explained.
Marine from France did a six-month voluntary mission in the National Scout Association of Benin, where she offered inclusive training activities open to local Scouts and non-Scouts participants. Thanks to her training program on SDGs and inclusion, participants developed educational and technical skills and new competencies.
“This experience has helped me to learn a lot about myself and taught me how dear and near to my heart is the cause of social inclusion”, she concluded.
Congratulations again to Ammar, Elizabeth, Konstantinos, Marine for completing their Scout of the World volunteering service. Their stories have surely inspired many others in doing something similar or in finding out what they are passionate about and in carrying out projects that will also help towards making our world a better place to live in.