World Non-Formal Education Forum announced to take place in Brazil 2019

Published: 8 May 2019

First of its kind World Non-Formal Education Forum convenes global leaders to debate the future of youth development and non-formal education. 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (6 May 2019) - Non-formal education is a powerful force for empowering young people to become active citizens and create social impact towards sustainable development. Building on a growing need for a regular convening of leading organisations working on non-formal education and youth development, the World Non-Formal Education Forum, convened by the Scout Movement and a coalition of more than 30 youth organisations and sector leaders, will offer a much needed global platform for actors involved in non-formal education. 

Taking place from December 9-11, 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the international Forum will convene in collaboration with key international organisations and UN entities, with the aim to highlight the importance of non-formal education and inform the global debate on education. The Forum’s events will be attended by 400 participants, including civil society representatives, UN agencies, academics, government representatives, members from across the Scout Movement, and experts on youth development and non-formal education.

The Forum will feature several key events, including the 3rd World Scout Education Congress and the Global Symposium on Non-Formal Education and the SDGs which is being co-organised by the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM), UNICEF, UNFPA, and the Office of the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth. The three-day programme is also designed to engage the member organisations of the International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organisations (ICMYO) and the “Big 6” group of youth organisations which includes the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), YMCA, YWCA, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.  

Through a combination of plenary sessions, interactive breakout sessions, space for new collaborations, and online participation, the Forum’s programme will highlight how organizations can keep pace with the latest trends in non-formal education and youth development. The events will also enhance coordination and promote collaboration to empower young people to take action for sustainable development. Among the key outcomes from the gathering will be a joint statement around the position of non-formal education in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Forum builds on a successful tradition of two previous World Scout Education Congress events and will take place at the Museu Do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) and Museu de Arte do Rio (Rio Art Museum) with support from co-organising and supporting partners.

About World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM)

Scouting is the world’s leading educational youth movement, engaging millions of young people to be active citizens and create positive change in their communities. The World Scout Movement is made up of more than 50 million Scouts connected together through a global membership of 170 National Scout Organisations. 


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