On 21 September 2012 Messengers of Peace ran a fun online activity to get 10,000 Scouts to “like” our Peace Challenge. Please help us by “liking” our International Peace Day Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ScoutChallenge2012MessengersofPeace. Also, Scouts were invited to tell in their own language: “The world I want”, and, “Why I am a Messenger of Peace.”
Cynthia Marquez, a life-long Scout and Leader from El Salvador recently joined the World Scout Bureau in Geneva to oversee the Global Network. Cynthia’s current priority is to train older Scouts to be managers and leaders of this new online community. We ask NSOs to identify and recommend Scouts for this role, and to support these Regional and National teams of Community Leaders in their important function to ensure the quality and safety of our online Network. NSOs should promote the Network via www.scoutmessengers.org, and start sharing local Scout stories about individual service projects. All Scouts can register their service project online and claim the status of a “Messenger of Peace”.
New Web Platform
The Messengers of Peace Web Platform is available to explore the International Day of Peace. Our Platform is a truly innovative web-based resource and tool. Scouts around the world come here to post individual service projects, share ideas, and inspire other Scouts to take action. The Platform includes a Learning Zone that provides tutorials, educational modules and instructional videos on the design and management of Messengers of Peace projects. It is also possible for Scouts to take courses to develop skills from knots to leadership. We need your help and seek feedback from NSOs on the value and relevance of this material for your Scout programs and training needs. See the new Platform on:www.scoutmessengers.org.
Our Messengers of Peace Support Fund has been very successful. As of July 2012, over 44 projects totalling $1,771,784.00 USD have been implemented across all Regions. This represents an amazing feat given the newness of the initiative and the additional management and reporting requirements. NSOs, especially those in financial need, are encouraged to consider projects to develop the capacity of their leadership to deliver quality Scout activities related to peace. Contact your Regional Office Coordinator for Messengers of Peace:
• Africa: Jacques Sandrizi Ubukandi ( email@example.com)
• Arab: Dr. Atif Abdelmageed Abdelrahman ( firstname.lastname@example.org; CC: email@example.com)
• Asia Pacific: Prassanna Shrivastava ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Eurasia: Tetiana Smykovska ( email@example.com)
• Europe: Rose-Marie Henny ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Interamerica: José Gabriel Criollo ( email@example.com)
For more information on Messengers of Peace contact Peter Illig, Director, Global Projects ( firstname.lastname@example.org).