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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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