The Charter states that 'development education (including peace education) and community involvement need to be integrated into the youth programme, particularly through the progressive training scheme'. Here are some initiatives at world and national levels which support the programme aspect of the Charter.
Scouts of the World - To support the principles of partnerships and the youth programme, the Scouts of the World Award has been developed. This is an exciting and challenging programme for young people aged 15-26. Here are the educational objectives for the Scouts of the World Programme. The programme is aimed at helping young people to develop:
- the ability to explain the main challenges of today's world.
- the ability to live and take action in an intercultural context.
- a sense of solidarity and community spirit.
- an aptitude for finding and analysing information.
- autonomy and leadership.
- an aptitude for using negotiation, mediation and problem-solving techniques.
- an aptitude for developing and managing collective projects.
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Gifts for Peace - Gifts for Peace is a key part of Scouting's worldwide centenary celebrations. Each National Scout Organization is to propose and lead a national project – which could be composed of many parts – involving Scouts from all age groups and linking with other groups in the local, national and international communities. Gifts for Peace should meet the following criteria:
- It should meet real needs and make a difference to the community.
- It should respond to needs that are important to young people.
- It should reach out to young people with whom Scouting has not traditionally worked.
- It may take many forms and may build on previous projects.
Working areas have been identified that are relevant to young people. These areas are:
Creating a more peaceful world – peace and conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation skills, anger management.
Challenging prejudice – identifying and challenging prejudices and stereotypes e.g. racism, religious intolerance, bullying and gender.
Encouraging greater solidarity – solidarity with underprivileged groups e.g. refugees, internally displaced people, asylum seekers, street children and ethnic minority groups.
GAPP – The Global Awareness Partnership Project - This project was undertaken in partnership by two youth organizations – The Scout Association in the United Kingdom and the National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs. The purpose of the project was to develop a peer education programme on the topic of global awareness and it received funding for a three year period from the Department of Education in the UK.
The resources on global issues are now available on the GAPP web-site. These activities could be used to generate awareness of global issues as part of a partnership project. In the UK there are around 60 peer educators in the UK who can introduce global issues to Scouts aged 11 years and over. To find out more about the project visit the web-pages, link below, or read the Promising Practice. ( pdf)
UNITE - 'UNITE' is an example of a project developed between Scouts and UNICEF, in the United Kingdom and Uganda, which had a programme element for Scouts in both countries.
In the United Kingdom the programme resources introduced development education to Scouts of all ages. The information and programme ideas are now available on the Uganda Network web-site http://www.ugandanetwork.org.uk/activity/index.htm
In Uganda, the Scouts took part in immunization and AIDS awareness programmes which were supported by UNICEF. Through the project Scouts made a significant contribution to the health of children in Uganda and supported the prevention of AIDS in young people. To see a typical Unite programme over one year visit http://www.scouts.or.ug/projects-unite.html
Group Awards in the United Kingdom - The Scout Association has developed 'Group Awards' in their new programme for young people aged 6-25. The purpose of these awards is to help different age-sections in a Scout Group to work together and to work with other partners to develop young peoples' understanding of global issues, the environment and faith.
To find out more about the requirements of the Group Awards click here http://www.scoutbase.org.uk/library/hqdocs/badges/group-index.html
Partnership and Youth Programme
- Partnership contributes to the enrichment of the youth programme, especially in the field of development education and peace education.
In implementing partnership, it is important:
- to identify the needs and aspirations of the youth people in each community,
- to involve the young people in all stages of the partnership activities,
- to consider the Patrol as a basic cell.
- Partnership is a means to discover, understand and respect others, their cultures, lifestyles and Scouting practices.
- Development education and peace education promote the rights of men, women and children.
- Development education and community involvement need to be integrated into the youth programme, in particular through the progressive scheme.
- Young people need to be involved in regularly evaluating and updating the partnership, taking the specific objectives of each partner into account.
- Partnership contributes to the participation of all young people and their social, cultural and economic integration into their local, national and international communities.