Eurofax No 27 (December 1994)
Ray Saunders (rsaunders@EUROSCOUT.KNOOPPUNT.BE)
Thu, 8 Dec 1994 10:14:20 +0100
Action for the Mediterranean Environment
This international seminar was organised by Scout associations in Spain,
=46rance and Italy (MSC, ASDE, SdF, AGESCI) with support from the European
Scout Office. Held in October, it brought together more than 60
representatives of 14 countries bordering on the Mediterranean Sea, members
of the Arab Scout Region and the European Scout Region, elected
representatives responsible for youth and environmental issues, scientific
and technical experts and young people from Italy, Spain, France and
Belgium, who had previously participated in environmental pilot projects.
Three priorities were identified for the Mediterranean region: forest
protection; the protection and management of water courses and wells;
coastal and sea bed protection. In order to meet these challenges, it was
decided to: develop twinning programmes between local groups, a young
volunteer service and youth exchanges for 15-21 year-olds; establish a
network of work camps for young people all around the Mediterranean Sea;
produce educational material in the three priority fields of action; run a
seminar every two years to reinforce the place of the environment in youth
programmes and train leaders; set up a Mediterranean secretariat, to be run
by different associations in turn, in order to collect and share
information and expertise on projects relating to the environment.
The seminar underlined the importance of nature and the environment in
enabling young people to develop all aspects of their personalities and
play active and useful roles in their local, national and international
communities. It also emphasised the unique contribution which Scouting, in
co-operation with other organisations and public authorities, can make
towards preserving the natural world and developing international
friendship. The conclusions of the seminar and the youth appeal prepared
by the young delegates are available in English and French from the
Youth involvement in the European Conference
=46our young Europeans are planning the support which will be offered to all
young delegates and observers at the European Conference to be held in
Salzburg, Austria (April 1995). This group takes the view that Scouting and
Guiding are movements of young people, supported by adults and not just
movements for young people managed only by adults. Ulrik Skov from Denmark,
Chairman of the working group on youth involvement, explains, "We will
offer a meeting at the beginning of the conference and daily meetings
throughout the conference week. These daily meetings will be a forum where
young delegates and observers can create and develop their own point of
view on specific topics at the conference." Background information will be
given and time for debate so that young delegates and observers can prepare
themselves to participate fully in the conference through their own
national delegations. Continues Ulrik, "We have tried to create a concept
in which we can support the young delegates and observers without making a
separate structure. This support will not be planned by older adults and
will not be carried out by older adults." The other members of the working
group, appointed for this purpose by the European Guide and Scout
Committee, come from Norway, Malta and Switzerland. All national
associations are encouraged to include young delegates and observers in
their delegations for this important conference. Ulrik can be contacted
directly: tel/fax: (+45.86) 77.08.08 or email: email@example.com.
Europe For You !
Now is the ideal time to encourage members of your association to
participate in the Europe For You ! programme. The elements of the
programme are designed to promote the mobility of young people in Europe.
This programme is an integrated package which includes: Passport for Europe
(log book and sample information kit); EuroSteps (annual information kit);
Where to stay in Europe (directory of campsites and accommodation).
Information on these is available from your national office, in the first
instance. A proposal to develop a European Young Volunteer Service will be
developed and the European Scout Centre Network is being reviewed with a
view to expanding it to more centres in more countries.
All the elements in the Europe For You ! programme can be used to reinforce
or expand the existing programme for Rangers, Rovers or Venture Scouts and
to provide activities for young leaders. We hope that your national
programme team has already started adapting or translating the Passport for
Europe sample information kit sent to them previously for use by units in
your country. If you would like to know more about this programme, please
contact your national programme team. Jacqueline Collier, Director of Youth
Programme in the European Scout Office, would be very interested in hearing
from associations which have developed, or are in the process of
developing, their own kit or require further assistance.
The EuroScarf, T-shirts and sweat shirts featuring the now-familiar Europe
=46or You ! foot-logo may be ordered from Kandersteg International Scout
Centre. Please contact Kandersteg directly for details of these promotional
items. Fax: (+41.33) 75.10.50.
EuroSteps 1995 kit nears completion
The EuroSteps 1995 kit will be dispatched to all European Guide and Scout
associations in the next few weeks. This coming summer, there will be at
least 27 sites where Rangers/Rovers/Venture Scouts and young leaders can
take part in challenging activities. These sites are located in Austria,
Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the
Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Together, these sites provide a wide range of activities which can be
related to the 6 key areas in the Passport for Europe: exploration and
discovery; quality of life; democracy; culture; solidarity; career and
social skills. So, if your units are using the Passport for Europe, then
EuroSteps offer locations where some of their projects can be completed.
And, if your units visit a EuroStep, this can be used to launch their
involvement in the Passport for Europe challenges. Either way, please help
your members take part, discover new places and new friends!
International Symposium in Marrakech
Some 440 participants, representing 118 national member associations,
gathered for discussions in Marrakech, at the invitation of His Majesty,
King Hassan II of Morocco. The symposium was titled Scouting: Youth without
Borders; Solidarity and Partnership. Participants shared and evaluated
their different partnership experiences, in order to update the
recommendations of the "Kilgali Charter". The resulting "Marrakech Charter"
summarises the conclusions of this work and expresses the determination of
the World Organization to increase and strengthen partnerships between
national member associations, as well as between these associations and
other organizations concerned with the education and welfare of young
people. The charter declares that "More than ever before, we need men and
women capable of acting in partnership for a world "without borders", in
the name of justice, solidarity and peace." Copies of the new charter, with
explanation, will be distributed to national member associations.
UN50 on the Internet
UN50 is placing emphasis on providing educational materials for children
and youth, including publications, audio and visual materials, computer
software, maps, flags and games. Through the Internet, the world-wide
network of computer networks, you can now have access to information on the
50th Anniversary of the United Nations; from its major achievements and
significant moments of its history to an annotated list of UN50 global
projects, contacts for participation and national and local planned
activities. If you have access to the e-mail services of the Internet, then
send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org; you will receive a reply which will
give you step by step instructions to follow. Full information about the
UN50 projects can also be obtained by contacting the Fiftieth Anniversary
Secretariat, United Nations S-3161, New York, NY 100017. Tel:
(+1.212) 963.19.95. Fax: (+1.212) 963.45.95.
Why call for tolerance?
"A campaign against intolerance places emphasis on the responsibility of
each individual. For it can only be by interrogating ourselves and by
personally thought through acts of rejection of and resistance to outrage
that genuine progress can be made. That place within each of us that is
open to the other is the value to be nourished=8A We need to listen to the
narrative of each other's diversities so that we can draw strength from our
Mary Robinson, President of the Republic of Ireland
"One aspect of the immense and wonderful colour and mystery of life is that
groups of people differ from each other in their customs, their way of
life, their faith, the colour of their skin and their way of dressing and
so on=8A This 'otherness' of different communities can of course be accepted
with understanding and tolerance as something that enriches life; it can be
honoured and respected, it can even be enjoyed."
Vaclav Havel, President of the Czech Republic
"Unemployment, lack of knowledge and insecurity about the future are among
the root causes of racism, extreme nationalism, xenophobia and intolerance
which we see in too many countries in Europe today=8A Together with the
younger generation, let us build a coalition for tolerance and dignity=8A
Just, equitable societies do not come about by our merely wishing for them.
We need forceful persuasion, not persuasive force, to make Europe a refuge
of enlightened diversity."
Gro Harlem Brundtland, Prime Minister of Norway
"We welcome the enrichment of society by people from diverse cultural
backgrounds, and recognize the positive impact that migrant communities
have in our countries in economic, demographic, social and cultural fields=
We declare that racism, antisemitism, xenophobia and intolerance are not
acceptable because these phenomena endanger the essential fabric of our
societies. That is the reason why we will do our utmost to combat them."
Joint Declaration of the European Youth Organizations
The members of the European Scout Office team and the Europe Office WAGGGS
team join together in sending you their seasonal greetings. We all look
forward to continuing our work together for the benefit of all Guides and
all Scouts in Europe - and elsewhere around the world - throughout 1995.
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