Euro Arab friendship and dialogue at Roverway
10 Arab and 7 European Scouts have shared their cultures and ideas during 4 days at the Evo Camp, during the Roverway, from 24 to 28 July! Better understanding each other, contributing to the post 2015 Millennium Development Goals process and creating new friendships were the agenda of this Euro-Arab workshop.
This Euro Arab workshop gathered participants from Libya, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirate, Palestine, Egypt, Algeria, Kuwait, France, UK, Croatia, Finland, Greece and Italy. Based on the Scout Method, the participants to the workshop were the main actors of their learning process and have exchanged through games, debates and working groups.
During the four days, the participants shared about their cultures and values, identified their differences and common values and tried to overcome prejudices. First to develop the conditions of this dialogue, and to help participants to define their own culture, the workshop began with an intercultural role game. During this game, the participants experienced all together the difficulties of communication, the lack of self-confidence and the cultural misunderstandings. They succeeded to overcome them and then to use those understanding throughout the whole workshop!
With Arab,participants from Christian and Muslim backgrounds, and Europeans from Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox backgrounds, the group, through its own components was an invitation to go further in interfaith dialogue. Through games but also by sharing their religious practices with Ramadan, Catholic mass and Jewish prayer, the participants discovered that they finally share a lot of common values and practices. For some European participants, the main surprise was to discover that in some Arabs countries, you can find 50% Christians (Lebanon). During the last night, and as a natural conclusion of the workshop, the participants celebrated both the Ramadan break of the fast and the Shabbat meal with the Jewish Eclaireuses et Eclaireurs Israelites de France.
MDGs and post MDGs contribution
The participants explored the MDGs and the contribution of Scouting, linked to their own local group or national experiences.
They also contributed to the post 2015 MDG process by exploring issues affecting young people. To identify those common issues, they shared within regional working groups and they decided to organise an opinion poll involving as many as possible the other Roverway participants.
To conclude the workshop, the result of this work was presented in front of a panel through a performance.
This workshop was supported by the Eric Franck Trust and the Anna Lindh Foundation, which is focused on Euro-Arab dialogue.
One of the staff members of the Anna Lindh Foundation was present during the workshop to see with the participants how Scouts could continue to work with them. During the evaluation time, all the participants have stressed their desire to continue to be involved in this Euro-Arab dialogue and partnership