Young people connect across the globe as special JOTI kicks off
The JOTI (Jamboree on the Internet) Special Edition officially kicked-off today showcasing its energetic, educational and dynamic online programme organised for young people, as a response to the Covid-19 global pandemic.
During this time of social distancing, this special JOTI is taking place from 3-5 April and aims to connect young people from around the world, while staying at home, in a programme predominantly designed around mental health, crisis response and global citizenship.
Already, tens of thousands of young participants have signed up during the first 24 hours of the event’s launch. The event’s live-streamed daily show, JOTI Live, featured JOTI’s opening show led by masters of ceremony and presented youth talent shows and special guests including UN Special Advisor for UN 75 and the co-founder of online self development platform, Mindvalley.
The opening show also marked a memorable moment for World Scouting as it launched a renewed partnership with The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, through a live virtual signing of their partnerships, while highlighting the impact of the global pandemic on the most vulnerable communities.
More guests will be featured live this weekend including survival expert and Chief Ambassador of World Scouting Bear Grylls and UN Secretary General’s Youth Envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake.
Resembling a usual Scout Jamboree, JOTI’s vibrant campsite allows participants to engage in multilingual campfire talks (via Zoom webinars), games, quizzes, social media challenges, moderated chat rooms (powered by Scoutlink) and even DJ parties. Led by volunteers, Scouts and experts, the activities are ongoing throughout the weekend under six main themes: Health & Wellbeing Oasis, Humanitarian Hub, Youth Got Talent Stage and Digital Citizenship Den, Scouting from Home and the Fun Zone.
Among the topics that young people are engaging in, is self-care for our mental health, staying safe online, design thinking for social media, introduction to nutrition, how to create a Covid-19 awareness video by UNFPA, Disaster Risk Reduction, and many more.
Many young people around the world are sharing photos of their blanket-tents, as they joined the #EpicBlanketTent challenge launched by JOTI on social media earlier this week, giving young people a memorable camp-from-home experience as they take part in the event.
Two more exciting days and a full schedule ahead, young people and many volunteers are turning this challenging time into an opportunity to stay social, safe, and eager to learn.