The session will provide participants understanding of the roles of board members at the national level and the best practices of good governance. We will also see the most common challenges and mistakes that are made in the boards and explore the role of the board in transforming the organisations (Change Management)
“What is really under the surface?” Has a Fishbowl got anything to do with Dialogue you might ask? Having a fruitful and positive outcome, when addressing light or hard topics, depends on our Dialogical skills. Join this Session, and take part in a real Facilitated Dialogue, about a topic which has been decided by you - the participants. You will learn how to establish a safe space, with clear ground rules, and respect for the 10 Principles of Dialogue. Come open minded, and be part of a shared learning experience. Dialogue topics can be submitted here: https://padlet.com/jonrasmussendds/u6mrrev8xuycfwif
A youth consultation is a meaningful activity where young people are able to share their opinions in a comfortable, safe and structured environment. When you undertake a youth consultation you should do so knowing that you will act on the thoughts which have been shared by the youth who took part in it, with the purpose to use the results to inform decision-making on activities and programmes that directly affect them. This session will explore the principles of youth participation, ways of including young people, planning and preparing for a consultation, tips and practical examples of how to create safe and brave spaces for a youth consultation. It will include techniques and tools that can be used, methods of recording, ways of transferring ideas and information gathered during the consultation in our planning for future activities to create more youth-led movements.
Creating a digital learning environment that utilises our educational methods can be challenging. Non-formal educational methods do not always easily translate into eLearning environments. This session will explores ways in which it can be done and the types of tools and features that support such an approach. The session will take a facilitative approach encouraging participants to share their ideas and experiences around learning within our organisations.
Using the WAGGGS Leadership Model as a reference tool, we will explore how are we building new leaders through our educational programme. Participants will explore how they can create space for leadership practice in their educational programme and exchange ideas with other peers on this topic.
Free Being Me (FBM) is a World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) educational programme that promotes body confidence and a world free from appearance-related anxiety. Participants will have a chance to participate in a taster activity and experience the the fun, relevant and learner-led activities that are proven to improve young people's body confidence.
Find out about how scouting impacts our members and the communities we deliver scouting in as well as how we measure and assess it. Understanding our impact across a multitude of attributes not only helps provide valuable data to support our external communications, but also understanding about the effectiveness of the scout method, and ideas for where we can focus to improve it.
The diverse projects and programmes we implement bring us closer to achieving our organisational vision. The information we gather on our projects’ implementation helps us track our progress, make informed decisions, and showcase the projects' contribution to our objectives. In this session, we will delve into the key stages of a Monitoring and Evaluation system. We will discuss good practice and examine practical examples under those key stages. Can we envision what a Monitoring and Evaluation system looks like in our own organisations?
With the inclusion of Diversity and Inclusion as a guiding principle, it is important to present a session on this theme. The session will attempt to use an activity to highlight the concepts related to diversity and inclusion and why it is important that this theme becomes a principle for the Region.Considering the existing threats of natural disasters and other societal challenges which put at risk human rights, Scouts and Guides need to be prepared in responding to the unpredictable future of our communities. Let’s explore this together.
Critical thinking is using the attributes of your mind to deal with the difficult realities of life. You were born with the ability to learn, to reason, to solve problems. It’s there. You have to make a conscious, dedicated effort to employ these resources to think through and solve problems that confront you. However, you are not a robot. You are a human being with emotions. These emotions stem back to our early existence in caves, forests and trees. You have to use your critical thinking ability to determine how and when your emotions serve you or interfere with reality; Emotions can be positive or negative. They can help guide you but you have to understand them. That is a lifetime endeavour. Studies indicate that critical thinkers are happier and much more content with their lives. In addition, critical thinkers can process information better and analyze everything that happens, allowing them to grasp the most important lessons and apply them to their life. As Scouts and Guides we should aim to offer our members the opportunity to learn and exercise critical thinking. This session will look at: what critical thinking and reasoning are, why are they important today, how can they be integrated in the youth programmes, in regular camps and activities and how they could be the base for relevant partnerships. This session uses hands-on activities and plenary debates - not so much group work and reporting back - be advised! 🙂 A mobile device with access to Internet, an interest in science and philosophy and an open mind not easily offended are desirable for this session!
Wonder what it takes for Scouting to grow? Learn about the key elements to equip even more members of society with skills for life! Examples of growth projects from NSOs will give new ideas & inspire. There’s no one formula for growth but after the session, you will be able to start crafting your own path!
“Conflicts and perceived marginalized communities” How often do you stop to consider, if the way you perceive a community of people, is correct, divisive or even creates actual conflicts? Do you know how you would deal with those conflicts in an inclusive way? Join us in this session and learn, not only about your own conflict management style, but also how engaging with what is perceived as a marginalized community, can transform the connection between people. This session is part 1 of a journey which brings us all at the crossroads of Considering the existing threats of natural disasters and other societal challenges which put at risk human rights, and Social Cohesion. Let’s explore this together!
As we increasingly move into digital platforms from having meetings virtually to new online systems, how do we ensure we aren’t leaving groups of our membership behind. Those who don’t have access to computers, rely on their work environments for reliable internet connections or those that struggle to operate in a digital world? An opportunity to discuss how we ensure our digital platforms are inclusive and accessible.
This session will focus on work done both by WAGGGS and WOSM in recent years on ensuring that young people are better represented in governance at world and regional committee levels. It will also draw on examples of best practice from MOs/NSOs/NSAs in ensuring meaningful participation of Youth Voice at all levels of our organisations (national/regional/local). Be prepared to discuss successes and failures in this field that you have witnessed, conduct a capacity analysis of what you can help influence and change, then create a plan of action to leave the session ready to make "youth-led" organisations the practise not just a phrase.
Ask yourself: what does a world that treats girls & women as equal actually look like? Now don't expect us to answer that question in this session - 90 minutes simply isn't enough time! However, what we will discuss are a variety of taboo topics that are everyday realities for girls and women, yet aren't yet comfortably talked about in the mainstream of our organisations, nor indeed, the world... The session will cover three main topics: * Periods and menstruation * Objectification * Everyday sexism For each topic there will be discussion around why this is important for everyone to engage in talking about and where necessary acting on these matters, then a more concentrated conversation around what we can do in our organisations to tackle these taboos. Come prepared to talk and listen, to share your experiences and to learn from that of others, this is a session relevant to everyone no matter your organisation, role or in fact gender, the sooner we all start talking taboos the sooner we will discover what a world that treats girls and women equally might look like!
Data helps us understand more about our members and the strengths of our programme. So how can we use impact assessment to shape development of better youth programmes? In this session we will explore the development of impact driven youth programmes, and how we can focus our programme development effort to improve its impact. We will also explore how the MIYO project is aiming to develop further tools to help us with the development of impact driven youth programmes.
What actions are part of the first-response? What is a humanitarian crisis? How can we get involved? This space is all about simulating a real-life intervention of Humanitarian Action. Join this session to gain insights on how to safely plan the first-response to a humanitarian crisis through a board game specifically designed for Scouts and Guides! Do you think you can handle The 8-1 Simulator? Extra-challenge: guess what the 8-1 stands for and decode the title!
This session will support you to develop or strengthen safeguarding practices in your MO. The focus is on safeguarding rather than child protection, and how to create a safe and brave space for youth. We will use scenarios to explore how to respond to different type of safety and welfare challenges.
The session will focus on how to enable volunteers within the NSOs to put sustainability first. Session presents educational methods used in WOSM Regional volunteering, such as position papers and policies of different dimensions of sustainability and a sustainability e-learning module. The session will end with participants discussing action plans for sustainability in Adults in Scouting and Guiding.
Organizational resilience is “the ability of an organization to anticipate, prepare for, respond and adapt to incremental change and sudden disruptions in order to survive and prosper. This session will take participants through interactive journey where they will understand what it takes to build resilient organisation.
To introduce volunteers/participants to Youth-led Advocacy, by setting a safe and brave space where young people can voice their opinions, identifying a problem, and a potential call to action, understand and identify decision makers, and understand the different scales of social change(local, national, global).
Diversity enriches us in many ways, be it in our teams, our associations or in society. However, diversity comes with diverse challenges as well. Often we encounter discriminatory situations, some of which we may have created ourselves, and do not know how to handle them. Together, we will explore diversity and interculturality in an open and self-critical way and learn to combat our inner discriminator in order to help build a safe and non-discriminatory spaces in scouting & guiding as well as society.
This learning experience aims to increase your understanding of advocacy and enable you to use this learning within your Association. You will be inspired and motivated to take action on your ideas within your MO/NSO. We will help you identify challenges and take key steps to influence decision-makers and start an advocacy campaign within your Association.
Using the WAGGGS Leadership Development Framework, we will look at how the behaviours of organisational leaders affect not only their personal leadership journey, but also those of the staff, volunteers and others they meet. Through sharing with others, you will be able to reflect on your own leadership practice, whilst also considering how you can enable more opportunities for leadership development in your organisation.
In this session the WOSM Europe Self-Assessment Tool for Evaluating Organisational Performance in Sustainability is introduced. The tool helps National Scout Organizations and National Scout Associations to estimate their level of development in meeting the needs of the future, while also aligned with the needs of today. The sessions include an introduction to the tool and the ideas behind it.
Looking at what competencies need to be developed, at various stages of development, so that a reasoning, critical mind is achieved in young people. To identify project and actions that contribute to the development of critical thinking. Explore the relevance of citizen science as a tool to involve Scouts in environmental and scientific work, through collaboration and technology. Explore the most popular examples and answer a few common questions.
This session will focus on the content of the WAGGGS ""Finding Our Path"" Toolkit and discuss strategies for its use within MOs/NSOs/NSAs. The toolkit was written in response to a call for a better understanding of how we can ensure our educational programming and organisational ways of working allow for meaningful participation of rovers/rangers at every level of our MOs/NSOs/NSAs. Want to explore how we can truly be "youth-led"? Come along to this session for a step along that path!
The world around us is changing, we are facing new challenges and our program should react to that. During this session you can learn how to use a Design Thinking method, which is one of the most commonly used methods for creative thinking and innovations, to adapt your program and make it more relevant for your members and their needs.You will learn how to assess these needs, understand them and tailor your program in a way to respond to them. The session will be very interactive and you will hopefully leave with a new program in mind 🙂 Even if you won't, you will learn a new way of thinking and you can just use the individual activities in your volunteering, work or personal life.
Many are put off by the apparent complexity and potential boring and geeky nature of STEM related activities. They identify them with indoor, lab-based experiments reserved for brainiacs. Nothing is further from the truth. STEM competencies are not limited to memorising formulas and calculus. In fact, most of us have promoted STEM competences through our activities, though not always in a systematic manner, or consciously setting goals for them. Thus, science related competences are about encouraging observation, experimentations, forming hypotheses and design experiments to validate them. Technology is about promoting innovation, identify issues in a system and using modern technologies. Engineering allows people to solve problems using available materials, design and build stuff to improve life and activities. Mathematics is not about equations but about identifying patterns in data analysis (think Excel), use geometry to visualise and address problems and work with measures and their calculations. The session looks at the core definition of education. and learning and the new paradigms related to transformative learning. It looks at how STEM related competences are already part of most of our Scouting/Guiding programmes and how important it is not only to acknowledge this, but to proactively cultivate it. Finally, it explores the relevance of citizen science as a tool to involve Scouts in environmental and scientific work, through collaboration and technology. Explore the most popular examples and answer a few common questions.
Ensuring each member's safety is the number 1 priority. What structure, policies, and mechanisms we can implement to insure the safety and wellbeing of our members. This session is dedicated to exploring the Safe from Harm compliance mechanisms that MO can reflect with their level of preparedness.
“Continuing to build peace in our communities and striving to create a better world” Have you ever thought about how Human Rights are violated in our everyday life? And how Scouts and Guides take action and build Inclusive communities, in which Human Rights are promoted and respected? Are Human Rights Education and Humanitarian Action the beating heart of Scouting and Guiding, and the means to "create a better world" no matter how unpredictable the future is? This session is part 2 of a journey which brings us all at the crossroads of Considering the existing threats of natural disasters and other societal challenges which put at risk human rights, and Social Cohesion. Let’s explore this together!
This two block session will introduce participants to grassroots advocacy methods, through examples, and share good practices on when they are most appropriate to use. In the second block, participants will learn how to identify decision makers, prepare for a meeting with them, craft a message and do a practical power mapping exercise in a given scenario. The facilitator will share resources and templates participants can bring home to use with their groups when planning an advocacy campaign.Considering the existing threats of natural disasters and other societal challenges which put at risk human rights, Scouts and Guides need to be prepared in responding to the unpredictable future of our communities. Let’s explore this together.
This session will provide participants with practical advice and a forum for exchange of good practices in delivering a positive volunteer experience. Based on MOVIS, the session will break down the volunteer journey and identify how volunteers can be supported, empowered, and made to feel valued at each stage. The benefit of improving volunteer experience is clear. Happy, well supported, and motivated volunteers give more, are better at their roles, and ultimately create more impact for young people. In the second block, participants will learn how to identify decision makers, prepare for a meeting with them, craft a message and do a practical power mapping exercise in a given scenario. The facilitator will share resources and templates participants can bring home to use with their groups when planning an advocacy campaign.Considering the existing threats of natural disasters and other societal challenges which put at risk human rights, Scouts and Guides need to be prepared in responding to the unpredictable future of our communities. Let’s explore this together.
This session will give participants the opportunity to explore the fundamental skills needed to effectively design learning experiences in a variety of different contexts. We’ll explore the key components of learning and how to apply them in face-to-face, online and e-learning spaces.
Session on "Intercultural learning and ethics within social media" provides a safe space, presentation of tools and open discussion on importance of content we produce as a global movement. With cultural differences between MOs we will invite participants to address importance of intercultural learning, intercultural sensitivity and ethics on social media.
In Guiding and Scouting, our leaders support and empower youth to develop the skills and confidence they need to reach their fullest potential. How will we capture and measure the success of our work? We can measure this based on the outputs of our projects and programs (Monitoring & Evaluation) or at an organisational level (Impact Assessment). In this session we’ll learn more about these methods, their similarities, differences and how they can be applied locally.
The session will address the meaning of continuous development. Starting from the consideration of being part of world movements, we will reflect, through the use of practical and group activities, on the need to know how to continually change to adapt to the needs of young people and of a world in constant change. We will reflect on the need to do the same locally and what tools to use to maintain homogeneity and unity and thus avoid the need to change taking us in different directions.
Have you ever wondered about volunteering internationally with Guiding and Scouting? This session will give participants the opportunity to explore the benefits of international volunteering for themselves, as well as the types of roles available in WAGGGS and WOSM and how they can get involved. We will also explore how international volunteering can build capacity in Member Organisation and the Region as a whole, as well as providing service to WAGGGS and WOSM. Participants will be encouraged to consider their own volunteer journeys and how an international element could further enhance their own volunteering experience.
Member Organisations are at the heart of WAGGGS and the Campfire team are determined to make them an integral part of the platform. This session will provide insight into the Campfire road map for MOs and their members , highlighting what they can currently do on Campfire and what is coming over the next year. MOs will also have the opportunity to learn how to set up and manage their organisational profiles. The toolkit was written in response to a call for a better understanding of how we can ensure our educational programming and organisational ways of working allow for meaningful participation of rovers/rangers at every level of our MOs/NSOs/NSAs. Want to explore how we can truly be "youth-led"? Come along to this session for a step along that path!
Campfire is WAGGGS’s new digital home, this session will give participants the chance to come along and explore the platform and what it can offer them in their roles as volunteers. It will offer a chance to get hands on with the platform and start exploring while being directed and supported.
In any digital learning and community environment content is king (or Queen)! This session will guide participants through how to share resources on the Campfire platform to ensure they are easily accessible to others. It will take a hands on approach and participants are asked to come prepared with a digital resource they would like to share.
As part of the Erasmus + Youth program, Europe is offering organizations the opportunity to apply for an accreditation and get simplified acces to European funding. During this session, we will explain what this program is and explore together what its benefits can be for European scouting. We will share our (Scouts en Gidsen Vlaanderen's) experience, look at how we implemented this as part of our program and use our case as a starting point for a brainstorm on what this program might look like in the participants' scouting contexts.
This session will give participants the opportunity to explore the fundamental skills needed to effectively facilitate learning experiences in a variety of different contexts. We’ll explore the foundations of facilitation and what each of these might look like in face-to-face, online and blended sessions.
In this session it’s going to be all about events, from start to finish - at least in the planning phase. We will talk about where to start and what to do and when. We will also talk about how we can all take small steps to make our events more sustainable one decision at a time.
As a result of the pandemic people have become more comfortable communicating in a virtual world but how do we move these interactions from being a passing on of data to building a real community that fosters sharing and collaboration. This session will give participants the opportunity to share and discuss how we can create digital spaces that feel like you are sitting around a campfire chatting, sharing ideas and growing together rather than in front of your computer in your own home. WAGGGS Campfire platform will be used as a case study of how to do just that. Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences of online communities , what they believe works and what can be done to support community member engagement.
The Academy 2022 is supported and co-financed by the European Parliament after a successful grant application submitted by the European Scout Region under the call of the European Year of Youth grants (EP-COMM-SUBV-2022-EYY).