JOTA and the UN50 programme
R. MIDDELKOOP (Middelkoop@FEL.TNO.NL)
Mon, 12 Jun 1995 14:26:09 EDT
For those of you looking for programme ideas regarding the UN 50th
anniversary celebration, please find below the text of the
information circular just published by the World Scout Bureau.
The UN 50 programme.
The United Nations celebrate their 50th
Anniversary this year. Several activities will be organised to
commemorate this anniversary. The official anniversary date is
October 24, two days after the JOTA. As you know, the World
Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) cooperates with
several UN agencies on various issues and in different parts of
the world. The World Scout Committee therefore expressed the
wish to pay tribute to this relationship. Two large Scout events
will have activities linked to the anniversary of the UN: the
World Jamboree in the Netherlands next August and the Jamboree
On The Air next October. Your National Headquarters has
Three UN50 activities are organised for the 38th JOTA:
Scout stations are established at several UN locations. They
will transmit from the UN premises and have UN officials of the
respective agency present at the station. Details will follow in
the August circular.
The special stations will transmit a message from different UN
regarding their view on World Scouting and the JOTA. Exact
times and frequencies will be announced in the August JOTA circular.
A set of projects is offered to all scouts taking part in the JOTA.
Details are given below.
Each member country has established a national committee for the
celebration of the 50th anniversary of the UN. Inquire at your
National UN Association to obtain the details of activities that
are organized in your own country.
The UN50 JOTA projects: Participating groups may choose one or
more of three projects to carry out with their scouts. Each
project consists of introductory games and a problem discussion.
The games are most suited for the younger branches. The
discussion part is aimed at the older sections. The intent is to
discuss the topics which are presented in relation to a local
example. Suggestions should be given by the scouts. It is very
important to learn the views of others. That's where the radio
comes in. Consult with your radio counterparts on the ideas you
have developed to tackle a certain situation. Scouts will soon
discover that their views differ from those living in other
towns or other parts of the world. As everyone is using the same
three projects, it is easy to compare each others points of
view. For the scouts to decide which solution is best suited for
a given problem. Each project needs some advance preparation.
This could well be done some weeks before the JOTA. Resource
materials may be sought from national UN committees that exist
in every country. The National JOTA Organizers are kindly
requested to publish this resource information together with
their JOTA publicity. The presentation of the end result of each
project can take several forms. To name a few: a logbook, an
interview with the local press, a creative placard on the wall
of the scout building, an exposition at the town hall, a photo
series. How about presenting the end results to your National UN
Committee on the official celebration day, October 24? Of course
you invite the press.Use your imagination.
Project 1: Nature & Environment.
listening: listen to the symphony of sounds at your site. Then, focus
attention on just one sound. Locate where it originates from.
animals: choose an animal that lives at your site. Write down six
about that animal. Put the clues in order, the hardest one
first. Give the first clue to your scouts. Can they guess what
animal it is? If not, the next clue and so on.
paper: how much paper do you use each year? Make an inventory of the
of all the paper you use: school books, library books, magazines
and newspapers. Calculate the total. How many new trees should
you be planting each year if the mass of a tree for paper pulp
is 150 kg?
bottle life cycle: make a cartoon about the different stages in the
cycle of a bottle. Where do the raw materials come from? Who makes a
out of it and at what cost? Who uses the bottle? What happens after
used? Are there any environmental issues?
The problem: How to set up a local nature conservation project?
Increasing agricultural development asks for more land to be
cultivated. Building roads and cities leads to the same demand.
Are there any areas in your surroundings that may need to be
safeguarded? What are its unique natural features? Are tourists
visiting the area?
Discussion points: What options are there?
What are the consequences of each option? What environmental
education plan would be needed? What about wildlife? What UN
agencies are involved in these sort of projects? What do they
Your discussion partners might include a farmer's
Association, the National Forest and Agriculture Organisation,
local politicians, the manager of a zoo, and of course other
Project 2: Education & Health.
Games: exploring the town: a list of questions to answer. How many
live here? What are their homes built from? What is the main purpose
this town? Are there any old buildings? What do they tell you about
prevailing weather conditions in this town? Is there a
graveyard? For how long have people lived here? Are there any
problems? Would you like to live here yourself?
exploring the countryside: a list of questions to answer. Do people
here? Have they left any tracks? For what purpose do people use this
land? Does anyone live nearby? What is the story behind the name
of the area? What sort of people coulld live here successfully?
What problems are they likely to face? Are ther any signs of
a personal letter: write a letter to yourself after your visit to a
special place. Answer questions like: what things would I like to
What do I want to tell ohers? Have I changed? How can I help my
first aid: visit a doctor and a hospital. Are there any health
risks in your area? How do you cope with them?
The problem: how can children learn new things? School systems
differ a lot from one country to the next. So does the age at
which children attend schools. Some leave schools early for an
on-the-job training, others study for many years. Discussion
points: Make an inventory of the school systems in different
countries. What are advantages and disadvantages in your
opinion? Do you see any new ways to teach children what they
need (or want) to know? What do you think about a compulsory
school system? Does everyone have an equal chance to get the
education he wants? Should knowledge be concentrated in schools
and universities? What UN agencies are involved in these sort
of projects? What do they do?
Your discussion partners might include school teachers, the director
a large school, local politicians, the president of a school
your parents, and of course other Scouts.
Project 3: Relief operations.
Games: backpacking: make a list of things you will need in your
for a search-and-rescue operation of several days. Put everything
on your list in your pack. Does it fit? What does it weight? Can you
out any non-essential things? Can you share heavy equipment with
survive the environment: what things do you need to
survive hunger, thirst and cold? Look around and identify edible
plants and possible sources of drinkable water. Prepare a few of
these plants and eat them. Do you like them? What clothing is
needed in a harsh environment? How can you make them by
yourself, using natural resources?
disaster: how to act when dealing with the following incidents: a
lightning strike on a person, a bee attack on your hike partner, a
bite in your own foot with nobody else around, someone caught in rip
currents in the water, a big guy sunk through broken ice, an avalanche
hit on your camp site, a scout leader lost in the woods.
radio emergency networks: imagine that all telephone communications
are out of order. Set up an improvised amateur radio network
with coverage to the local police station, the fire brigade,
your scout headqarters and the nearest hospital.
The problem: What is the best way to prepare Scouts for
emergencies? Several organisations exist to cope with natural
disasters, accidents, and war-induced problems. Discussion
points: What sort of relief operations can scouts be involved
in? Should scouts take part in operations that could endanger
the children themselves? What things should scouts be prepared
for? What things cannot be done by scouts? What systems do exist
to cope with disasters? What are the differences between
countries? What UN agencies are involved in these sort of
projects? What do they do?
Your discussion partners might include the amateur radio emergency
Association, the local fire brigade, local politicians responsible for
the community's emergency plan, the police chief, the emergency
co-ordinator of the nearest hospital and of course other Scouts.
Resources: "Scouting and the 50th Anniversary of the United
Nations", WOSM publication, June 1994 (available at the National
Headquarters of each Scout Association).
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