Scouts building bridges
The world in which we live is very diverse. In fact, diversity is everywhere: in nature, in animal life and in humanity. When we look at humanity as a whole, we notice how much diversity there is: cultures, languages, ethnicities, religions, etc. Often, these differences are understood and valued as a richness. The diversity of foods and cuisines worldwide is a good example. But too often, some differences are perceived as so problematic that many people fight over them. Today, around the world, we find many different kinds of violence linked to social conflicts. In many cases, people justify violence by citing irreconcilable cultural, religious or ethnical differences, among others. Misperceptions and negative feelings of one group about another can easily turn into stereotypes following which they can justify discrimination against one or more persons, which can then lead to tension, conflict, and violence. So how can we overcome such interreligious and intercultural misunderstandings and misperceptions? How can we participate in overcoming these tensions and conflicts? How can we transform conflicts into opportunities for new collaborations? Through dialogue, we can learn to find similarities unnoticed before, and even come to respect and sometimes appreciate differences. Through dialogue, we come together as human beings first to find inclusive solutions to the challenges we face today. The Dialogue for Peace programme invites scouts to discover how they can incorporate dialogue into their everyday lives. With the help of the activities in the Dialogue for Peace guidelines, Scouts can be empowered with the skills and competencies that enable them to actively participate in the decision making and resolution of community issues for a sustainable development. Scouts can earn the Dialogue for Peace badge, or become recognised facilitators or trainers in dialogue to inspire even more scouts to include dialogue in their everyday lives.
Nov 01, 2013
Memorandum of Understanding between WOSM and KAICIIDIn November 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between WOSM and KAICIID to develop the "Dialogue for Peace" programme. This MOU is intended to develop tools and material to facilitate Scouts to better understand the 7 principles of Dialogue, including trainings, training of trainers, and the Dialogue badge.
Feb 23, 2014
First joint WOSM-KAICIID interreligious event held in ViennaThe first joint activity of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) was held 21 to 24 February in Vienna, Austria. The interreligious dialogue brought together 37 Scout leaders who represented diverse cultures and religions from around the world.
Jun 15, 2014
First Training of Trainers in DialogueThe first training of trainers in Dialogue takes place. This kicks off a series of dialogue trainings across the scout regions, as well as during world scout events such as the World Scout Jamborees, World Scout Interreligious Symposiums, and World Scout Youth Forums.
Jul 28, 2015
Dialogue is featured during the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan7 principles of Dialogue are presented to Scouts during the 23rd World Scout Jamboree Dialogue for Peace Programme. Intercultural, Interreligious, Intercultural and Interworld Dialogue was featured across the different Jamboree activities in the Better World Tent, Faith and Belief Zone and Global Development Village.
Jan 27, 2017
Interreligious dialogue for peace at the World Scout Interreligious Symposium 2017The 5th World Scout Interreligious Symposium (WSIS) was held from the 27th to 29th of January 2017 at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, New York. 40 participants took part in a 2 day dialogue training prior to the interreligious symposium. 130 Participants with an interest in interreligious dialogue and with spiritual and religious aspects of Scouting, and those concerned with growing Scouting among religious communities attended the symposium from over 40 countries. The Participants discussed The Duty to God principle in Scouting and the different spiritual development aspects.
Agu 15, 2017
Official launch of the Dialogue for Peace programme during the 41st World Scout ConferenceThe Dialogue for Peace programme is launched with a special ceremony during the 41st World Scout Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan. During the World Scout Youth Forum held days prior to the conference, over 50 scouts were trained in dialogue.
Apr 25, 2018
Launch of the Building Bridges Guide for Dialogue AmbassadorsIn April 2018, "Building Bridges: Guide for Dialogue Ambassadors" was launched. This document explores the many roots and manifestations of dialogue, always with the aim of instilling an attitude of peace and of respect towards others in the hearts of all young people. It provides concrete ideas and activities to be taken on with scouts or non scouts to help develop the skills, knowledge, and behaviours necessary to become a Dialogical scout. This guide was also presented by KAICIID to its partners during its High Level Interreligious meeting.
Nov 16, 2018
Dialogue for Peace starts its alignment with SDGsScouts for SDGs is a mobilisation of 50 million Scouts that leverages the Scout Youth Programme and the Movement’s initiatives under the Better World Framework, including the flagship Messengers of Peace initiative, to raise awareness and take action towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Dialogue for Peace will provide education for sustainable development, which will contribute to the development of key competencies in young people and the achievement of SDG4 Quality of Education, SDG5 Gender Equality, SDG10 Reduced Inequalities, SDG11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, and SDG16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.