PROGRAMME

The World Non-Formal Education Forum will take place from December 9 to 11 through a combination of plenary sessions, interactive breakout sessions, space for new collaborations, and online participation. Over the course of three days, the Forum will highlight how organisations can keep pace with the latest trends and innovations in non-formal education and youth development to prepare for the future.

GLOBAL SYMPOSIUM ON NON-FORMAL EDUCATION AND THE SDGS

The Global Symposium aims to increase the importance and influence of international organisations and youth organisations in shaping the global debate around non-formal education, sustainable development, and active citizenship.

The Global Symposium is being co-organised by World Scouting, UNICEF, UNFPA, and the Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, along with the support of a network of key organisations which will contribute to the event and take part in its proceedings.

Young people, as well as representatives from international organisations, are invited to contribute through case studies, workshop sessions, and discussions that are inclusive across generations and cultures. Online platforms, crowdcasts, and other technologies will be used for discussion and interaction before, during, and after the event to engage more participants in the overall experience.

3RD WORLD SCOUT EDUCATION CONGRESS

The 3rd World Scout Education Congress builds on two previous events organised by World Scouting in Switzerland (2017) and Hong Kong (2013), and provides a platform to discuss the development of Scouting’s educational programmes in a rapidly changing world, and strategies to ensure the Scout Movement continues to innovate in non-formal education for young people.

Today, the Congress has become a major forum for experts in non-formal education in Scouting, as well as Scouting’s educational leaders, to explore some of the key social, economic, environmental, and educational trends affecting young people.

The Congress aims to strengthen the connections between National Scout Organizations and global partners to discuss challenges and opportunities in the sector, including educational programme innovation, impact measurement, digital literacy, volunteer engagement, diversity and inclusion, membership growth, educational offerings in humanitarian settings, and more.


MEETING OF ICYMO MEMBERS

International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organisations (ICMYO) aims to represent the diverse voices of youth-led organisations globally by providing a platform for coordination and collaboration. Members of ICMYO, which include international non-governmental youth organisations as well as a number of regional youth platforms, share similar mandates and meet annually at the working level to share their priorities and plan effective joint advocacy actions.

Members of ICMYO are invited to participate in the World Non-Formal Education Forum to strengthen ICMYO as a key platform for youth participation and engagement in the sector and support members that are focused on non-formal education and youth development.

The engagement of ICMYO members in the Forum will also better equip the network to deliver on commitments towards the SDGs and Agenda 2030 by better understanding trends in the youth sector, and learning about how other youth organisations are working towards sustainable development and where opportunities for collaboration can take place

MEETING OF THE ‘BIG 6’ GROUP OF YOUTH ORGANISATIONS

As six of the world’s largest youth organisations, the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award have a collective reach of over 250 million young people across 200 countries and territories.

Today the “Big 6” group are more relevant than ever to act as a group of leading organisations supporting youth development, non-formal education, sustainable development, and humanitarian response around the world.

The involvement of “Big 6” partners in the World Non-Formal Education Forum will expand the network of people joining the essential discussions around non-formal education and youth development and will ensure the outcomes of the event are implemented across the youth sector.


One programme, many actors

Agenda

The programme of the World Non-Formal Education Forum will bring together hundreds of leaders in the field of youth development and non-formal education. Here’s what you can expect at the dynamic three-day event in Rio:

70 leading international non-governmental organizations, youth organizations and UN partners
30 inspiring keynote speakers, panelists and experts in youth development and non-formal education
100 young people from around world who are leading change in their communities
36 interactive breakout sessions led by more than 60 facilitators
6 innovations labs focused on topics such as measuring the impact of non-formal education

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  • 09 December 2019

    Positioning Non-Formal Education

  • Welcome to the World Non-Formal Education Forum. Through various youth development experts, the opening session will introduce the event’s aspirations and set the tone and expectations for the coming days.
    Plenary
    Where
    Plenary Hall

  • This panel discussion will dive into the history of non-formal education and emphasize its relevance to this modern world of evolving skill sets and education. Panelists will highlight how non-formal education not only complements formal education but could act as a catalyst in revolutionizing education at large.
    Plenary
    Where
    Plenary Hall


  • Through multiple breakout sessions, we explore how non-formal education equips young people with long term life skills and competencies to develop active citizens and build more resilient communities.

    Breakout sessions:

    • Collaborative Leadership in Scouting
    • Building Values-Based Leadership Skills
    • Emotional Intelligence and Non-Violent Approaches to Communication
    • Learning by Doing in Humanitarian Settings
    • Advancing Education in Computing through Non-Formal Education

    Breakout Sessions
    Where
    Breakout Rooms


  • These breakout sessions will provide inspiration as each session explores best practices of non-formal education by different institutions and guides participants to create and implement quality projects.

    Breakout sessions:

    • Human Rights for all: Fundamentals in Education
    • Education for Active Global Citizenship
    • Youth Work: Translating Good Practices into Public Policy
    • Gender Equality in Non-Formal Education

    Breakout Sessions
    Where
    Breakout Rooms

  • Could non-formal education be the model to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals? This plenary will study the role that non-formal education plays in the modern world and how the approach could tackle global issues and contribute to meeting the SDGs.
    Plenary
    Where
    Plenary Hall

  • Following the day’s formal programme, join us for a relaxed evening of networking. Participants will engage in rounds of “partner speed dating” to get to know other organisations and share their work and experience in non-formal education.
    Networking Sessions
    Where
    Main Lobby

  • 10 December 2019

    Mastering Non-Formal Education in Changing Realities

  • This panel discussion will look at the current and future trends and challenges impacting young people while focusing on how youth are adapting and thriving in a rapidly changing world. The discussion will be moderated by UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake.
    Plenary
    Where
    Plenary Hall


  • How can young people become more resilient in the midst of rapidly changing trends and challenges facing the world today? Each breakout session will explore how non-formal education can unleash the potential of youth to lead impactful changes.

    Breakout sessions:

    • Environmental activism to save our planet
    • Comprehensive sexuality education in non-formal settings
    • Can non-formal education promote a culture of justice?
    • Creating opportunities for young newcomers to thrive
    • Self empowerment through learning life skills
    • Body confidence and mental health

    Breakout Sessions
    Where
    Breakout Rooms


  • Get inspired to reshape the future of education. Learn how innovative and assertive approaches to the education of young people can amplify the impact of lifelong learning for youth.

    Breakout sessions:

    • Boys on the move: building competencies in challenging circumstances
    • Lifelong learning that leaves no one behind
    • Agile education paths for volunteering in Scouting
    • Scouting, digital technology and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    Breakout Sessions
    Where
    Breakout Rooms


  • How can non-formal education help young people grow into active citizens and agents of positive change? Each session will dive into innovative approaches to education that enhance youth development and focus on building their skills.

    Breakout sessions:

    • Focusing on fundamentals: modernizing Scouting for youth development
    • Education for policy making and strong institutions
    • Empowering adolescent girls through non-formal education
    • Essentials for shaping effective young leaders
    • Reimagining the future of education with UNESCO

    Breakout Sessions
    Where
    Breakout Rooms

  • The Global Marketplace will explore resources, ideas, publications and materials related to the topics of non-formal education and youth development from different countries. The interactive exhibition will spark innovative cooperation and sharing of best practices among participants. The International evening will showcase different cultures and traditions through food, dance, art and music.
    Market Place
    Networking Sessions
    Where
    Town Hall

  • 11 December 2019

    Innovation and Future of Non-Formal Education

  • This session will be led by keynote speaker Juan David Aristizábal, Founder and President, Los Zúper and WEF Global Shaper as we take a look at essential skills for the future and explore the future of education.
    Plenary
    Where
    Plenary Hall

  • The 21st century is synonym to innovation and disruptions. New technologies and digitalisation brought something new that pushes society to adapt. Non-formal education is similar to technology in this aspect, as it brings forward different ways of thinking, is out-of-the-box and challenges traditional perceptions of education. This raises many questions: How can non-formal education be inspired by the new technologies of today to have a disruptively positive impact on societal mentalities? How can technology itself disrupt the way we view traditional educational methods? Can non-formal education disrupt the way we view traditional education policy?
    Roundtable
    Where
    Plenary Hall


  • Continuous innovation is key to keeping up with rapidly changing global trends. The Innovation Labs offer a co-creation space to enable our institutions to collaborate to become stronger and better prepared in addressing the emerging trends in non-formal education. Get a head start on future competencies by enhancing creative thinking through practical exercises that we’ll be able to take home and improve the impact of our work.

    Sessions:

    • Methods of measuring the impact of non-formal education
    • Innovative approaches to engaging adults in education
    • Designing the Rio Declaration on Non-Formal Education
    • Advocating for inclusive educational policies

    Innovation Labs

  • Join our special guests for inspirational short talks designed to spark conversations and connections that matter that include sharing best practices of applying non-formal education to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On this stage, you will listen to diverse voices and perspectives that will inspire new ideas for the future.
    Global Goals Stage
    Where
    Plenary Hall

  • The future of non-formal education is in the hands of all of us and it is essential to discuss in what directions our organisations want to go together. How can we innovate our approach to advocacy for non-formal education? What are the actions we can take to be more visible and have stronger credibility? How can we develop our partnerships to achieve our goals for the future?
    Plenary
    Where
    Plenary Hall

  • The Tidal Wave will create a non-formal learning environment in Rio de Janeiro as the culminating activity of the World Non-Formal Education Forum. The environment is designed to build the character, leadership and social skills of participants using ideas gained throughout the event. The Scout Method and the Leadership in Scouting Model will be used to present how Scouting is practically contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals, and to showcase the impact of Scouting in building the leadership skills of young people.
    Tidal Wave

  • The journey together will conclude at AquaRio, the last stop of the Tidal Wave. Here, we will reflect on the past three days, and depart to start shaping the future of non-formal education.
    Plenary
    Receptions
    Where
    AquaRio

Shaping the future of non-formal education