About the Forum

The World Non-Formal Education Forum is an international platform co-convened by World Scouting, UNICEF, UNFPA and the OSGEY involving more than 70 leading international organisations, youth organisations and UN entities working on non-formal education and youth development. Over the course of three days, the Forum addressed the joint challenges facing the sector and built more support and recognition around the role of non-formal education in the global education agenda.

It took place from December 9-11, 2019. The Forum engaged member organisations of the International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organisations (ICMYO) and the “Big 6” group of youth organisations which includes the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

The Forum was attended by over 400 participants including civil society representatives, UN and partner agencies, academics, government representatives, young people, members from across the Scout Movement, and experts on youth development.


World Scouting hosted the first two World Scout Education Congress events in Hong Kong (2013) and Switzerland (2017), bringing together leadership from across the Scout Movement to explore future trends and approaches in non-formal education.

Building on the success and feedback from past events, this year the 3rd World Scout Education Congress took place under the banner of the new World Non-Formal Education Forum that offered a dynamic programme designed to inform the global debate on education and youth development in a rapidly changing world.

Key outcomes of the Forum

The Forum was an engaging and inspiring learning experience for all participants featuring a range of plenaries, sessions and networking opportunities.

Rio Declaration on Non-Formal Education
Inspiring plenary and panel conversations
Session Outcomes

Informative and inspirational keynote speakers
A platform for young people to share ideas
World Non-Formal Education Forum is a space for participants to exchange best practices
Space for participants to exchange best practices

Innovative education for sustainable development
Innovative education for sustainable development
Collaboration with UN entities and sector leaders
Collaboration with UN partners and sector leaders