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  • 25. avr 2014

The Scout Association of Malta is organising its 1st National Scout Youth Forum on Saturday 26th April 2014 at the Għajn Tuffieħa International Scout Centre between 9.30am and 3.30pm. The main objective of this event is Youth Empowerment.

The chosen theme of the 1st National Scout Youth Forum (NSYF) is Be Active, Make History! The Forum is open for all registered members of the Scout Association of Malta aged between 14 and 26.

The Scout Association of Malta can boast to be the largest youth movement on the Island with some 3,500 members. Throughout its 106 years of history the Scout Association of Malta has always been in the forefront in providing a possibility of non-formal education in various ways to its members.

In the latter years, the Scout Association of Malta has embarked on exploring different opportunities that will not only involve its younger members, but also to empower them into decision making and having a say in policies that will affect them and the Association as a whole. That is why, during this event, the youth members will have the possibility to discuss various topics of interest not only to the Scout Association itself but also of topics of a wider national interest.

The event will consist of some activities as well as five different workshops where each member will be given the opportunity to discuss various topics of interest with other members. The workshops that will be mentored by a number of young members and leaders shall be discussing, the image of scouting, youth involvement, diversity in scouting, national events as well as a workshop called the “Washing Machine” which is a more hands on workshop where individuals will be asking to sketch or jot down ideas on various scouting topics such as the possible redevelopment of Island Headquarters, uniform and the dolphin award which is the highest award that a scout can achieve amongst other things.

The event will also include the election of the eleven council members representing the four different districts to serve on the first National Scout Youth Council. These council members who are aged between 14 and 24 will be elected by the youth members themselves to serve for a two year term. The role of the National Scout Youth Council members is to be a voice of the youth members in the various decision making bodies within the Association as well as work on the outcomes and recommendations of the workshops themselves. However their role will not be limited only to that but will also be the voice of the Association within the National Youth Council amongst other things.

The idea of the National Youth Scout Council and National Youth Scout Forum has recently been developed by members of the current National Scout Council and the idea was well received by the European Region of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) which is looking forward to see how this model will work and promote it to other countries of the Region. This is because Youth Empowerment was chosen to be one of the two priority topics of the region’s workplan for the next three years.

This event is partly financed by the A4U scheme of Agenzija Zaghzagh. The Scout Association would also like to thank Agenzija Zaghzagh, Parliamentary Secretariat for Research, Innovation Youth & Sport, Mochika and Nestle for sponsoring the event.