Scouts and Guides - Active global citizens

Close cooperation with NGO "Humanitas".

Duration: jan 2015 - dec 2017

Partners:11 partners from 7 countries

Applicants: NaZemi from Czech

Keywords: critical thinking, international dimension in scouting, global citizenship, responsible lifestyle

Full name of the project:

Scouting our way towards active global citizenship in EYD 2015 and beyond

About the project

Between the years 2015 and 2017, ZSKSS - Skavti, in cooperation with a non-profit organization Humanitas, realizes a project whose aim is to enhance the role of the Scout and Guide movement in the support of human rights, human dignity and equal opportunities in a more just world. Its purpose is to encourage Scouts and Guides to perceive the world as a one whole and their actions in the context of its interconnectedness, so that they are increasingly able to consider and reflect on the consequences of their actions. We believe this understanding is going to contribute to a more responsible decision-making and conduct of every one of us.

“Leave this world a little better than you found it.”
Robert Baden-Powell

The project connects the most current needs of today's world with the ideas and vision that stood behind the Scout and Guide movement's birth. The purpose and mission of scouting has always been to improve, help, and be beneficial. "The Scouts and Guides Active Global Citizens" project offers a way to go about it. We aim to teach Scouts and Guides to be aware of their influence and know how to use it. We aim to make them increasingly aware that their actions have an impact on people they'll never meet and the environment in places they'll never visit. In doing that, we aim to enrich the Scout and Guide programme by a “global dimension.” As part of this project, among others, a network of lecturers of global development education will be developed and a self-assessment tool for Scout Units and Groups, a methodology of active citizenship for Scout Units, and database of activities, created.

Main goal of the project

Our specic goal is by 2017 reach a state of play, where Scouts in 7 EU countries are empowered to boost locally and globally responsible lifestyles in their communities, as well as in the European Scout movement and the world society. The action will, through DE, signicantly empower Scouts&Guides to be actors of change towards sustainable and responsible attitudes amongst other Scouts, their peers, families, society and nature.

European Year of Development 2015

The year 2015 has been declared by the European Union as the Year for Development. For us, the right time for exploring the global connections and searching for solutions of social and environmental challenges, is always there.

Highlights of the project until July, 2016

The biggest jewel result of the project so far is definitely the group of 11 scout and guide GE trainers. Each individual is contributing a lot in fields he or she feels passionate about. This devotion leads to awsome things such as inspiring and encouraging Kenyan friends to establish new scout group in Kibera slum in spring 2016, Slovenian president Borut Pahor himself visiting one of our scout activities during World Youth day (GE seminar about saving water and Earth, april 2016) and inspiring the whole local unit in the town of Postojna to dedicate the whole year to activities that are rising global responsibility of all age sections (GE trainers as mentors).