FOUNDING STORY: We want to hear about your “Aha!” moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution’s potential to change the world.
The recent events in Egypt, particularly following the youth-led revolution revealed the pressing need for leadership, acceptance of the others, the need for diversity and multiculturalism. At this crucial moment when the history of the new Egypt is being made, it is very important to provide youth with an opportunity to share their concerns and express what they feel could improve their futures. The Scouts4peace camp is available and can offer a platform for such candid dialogues where all have the opportunity to participate with their views and opinions, learn from others and accept others, with tolerance and reach a unified vision. This is exactly what is needed at this moment in time.
Also if this initiative is successful and replicated, it can be expand its activities to reach to other countries and energize youth exchange within the region and at international level and eventually lead to renewing interest in Egypt’s culture and attractions.
Specify both the depth and scale of your solution’s social impact to date
Scouting4Peace began its existence on 1 March 2007 with the creation of a website consisting of three members. By the end of its first year, the number of memberships reached 500 and started to grow gradually to 1500 until it now reached 4799. The number of facebook groups affiliated to Scouting4Peace reached 29, with a total membership of 400000.
The camps started with 3 per year and have now reached 5 large local camps annually. The first international scouts’ camp was organized in 1996 with participation from 10 countries. This encouraged Scouts4Peace to organize another international camp, to be hosted in Egypt and another abroad, in addition to the training workshops organized regularly in our camp.
The evolution of our initiative triggered the concept of a more permanent mechanisms to facilitate and enable youth in Egypt and worldwide to share/ exchange experiences that could be mutually enriching to them.
What is your projected impact within the next 1-5 years? Is your idea replicable? If so, how?
Over the next 1- 5 years, it is hoped to have reached 250 institutions (schools, youth centers, clubs and to have trained 1000 potentials trainers, able to disseminate and replicate what they have learned to others, thus creating a ripple effect. If successfully applied and disseminated, the government authorities could be interested in applying this model in their youth centers nationwide. Regional and international workshops for experience sharing will further enhance the impact of this initiative.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and mark growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
1st month – selection of target groups, partners and champions
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Replicating the initiative to reach the number of 1000 leaders that could be deployed nationwide to promote learning by doing, t