2015 World Scout Jamboree: Steps for peace
July 30, 2015
Interpeace is fostering a new collaboration with the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). Convinced of the role that youth can play as positive change agents, this cooperation seeks to promote youth engagement for peace.
As such, Interpeace is proud to be one of the WOSM’s partners at the 2015 World Scout Jamboree. This event brings together over 33,000 young Scouts from across the world to learn new life skills and fulfil the Scout motto of ‘Creating a Better World.’ Interpeace will be part of the Global Development Village, where Scouts will learn what they can do in their daily lives to help tackle global issues and learn what international organizations and NGOs are doing to deal with them.
One step forward, one step back
“How do you imagine the daily life of an immigrant working abroad to support his family?” or “what obstacles does a young boy in a wheelchair face?” or “how does the daughter of banker studying economics envisage her future?” Here are some of the questions that Scouts are exploring during the Steps for Peace workshops held by Interpeace at the World Scout Jamboree from 28 July to 7 August. Exploring the dangers of social exclusion for peace and raising awareness of their own privileges, participants will brainstorm how to bridge gaps in society and in their daily lives.
On the first day of workshops, Scouts from all over the world participated in the Steps for Peace workshop offered by Interpeace colleagues Claudia Meier and Viola Giuliano. “We were impressed to see that these young people have a clear idea of why social exclusion is a problem for societies. At the same time they are very good at spotting exclusion in their own communities, schools and society,” shares Viola when reflecting on her impressions of the first day.
We invite you to follow #Steps4Peace on social media to see what the young Scouts come up with and get some impressions from the workshops.