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The year 2000 has been declared the "International Year for the Culture of Peace" by the General Assembly of the United Nations. A group of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates has drafted MANIFESTO 2000, a plea to transform the culture of war and violence into a culture of peace and non-violence, to be presented to the United Nations in September. We encourage Scouts all over the world to sign the manifesto on www.unesco.org/manifesto2000 and make their own personal pledge to:
The European Scout Region is contributing through its "Children for the Future" project, to encourage peace, justice and reconciliation in south-eastern Europe. It is also planning a special autumn gathering of all the participants from last years Peace Cruise. This will enable the Peace Sailors from European and Arab countries to stay in touch with each other, evaluate the lasting impact of their training in conflict prevention, and plan support and follow-up.
Encourage young people to create a culture of peace through the magic of myth and story. Create new heroes and heroines who demonstrate the power of non-violence, co-operation and respect. This approach was tested at the last World Scout Jamboree and proved to be very popular with the participants. You can order a Legends of Peace Project Pack (in English, French, German, Spanish or Russian) by email from email@example.com or download it from www.gn.apc.org/peacelegends.
The German Guide and Scout Associations are organising a Global Development Village at the World Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany. The GDV will be held from 7-27 August. The overall motto is "Human-Nature-Technology". If you would like to organise a workshop or a walk-in activity you are very welcome to do so. For 4 days work, you will receive free entrance, food, accommodation and one day off. For further information and applications for workshops, contact: Sandra Gehrke, fax: +49 30 61285009, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Scout associations in France, Poland, Spain and the UK are working together to prepare an exciting programme for FuturoScout 2001 the European Jamboree for girls and boys aged 11-15. All patrols will be twinned with patrols from other countries and will camp together from 21 July to 2 August 2001. During the first 4 days, they will explore different regions of France and then they will meet at the main camp at Jambville, near Paris. More information can be obtained from the Scouts de France FuturoScout 2001: email@example.com
We hope that you like the new design of our web site: www.scout.org/europe. Thanks to Ian Webb, a volunteer from the South African Scout Association, the site has been completely overhauled to make it quicker and easier for you to obtain the information you need. There is an improved library and download area. Future improvements will include online databases such as EuroSteps.
The 6 sections are:
All international commissioners of national associations which are members of the European Scout Region or the Europe Region WAGGGS are invited to attend the International Commissioners Forum at Gilwell Park, UK, from 19-21 May 2000. The aim of this event is to help international commissioners develop their network, improve their working methods and develop international education within Guiding and Scouting in Europe.
The keynote speech will be on, "What the international dimension brings to the education of young people today". Other topics include: the role of the international commissioner; strategies to strengthen the international dimension of Scouting/Guiding; how to develop networking using information technologies and network groups; international activities and youth exchanges; partnerhsips with other non-governmental organisations and European institutions. You can find the application form in Novembers EuroPak.
Following the decision of the Co-ordinating Group not to hold a Programme and Training Forum in April in Berlin, Scouting Nederland has kindly notified us of an alternative opportunity for Training Commissioners from all over Europe to meet. The International Tailor-made Training Seminar will take place in The Netherlands from March 23-26. The programme focuses on how to adapt an associations training system to the needs of leaders. The deadline has been extended. For further information, contact Jo Peeters, Scouting Nederland: firstname.lastname@example.org
Come to Turkey if you want to share ideas and experiences on how to improve programmes for young people over 16. Members of national and regional teams responsible for developing programmes for Rovers or Rangers, as well as managers of EuroSteps and participants in the Europe For You ! programme will meet in Olympus, Turkey, from 20-26 May 2000. You should be aged 18-30, reasonably fit and willing to take part in challenging activities. You can download the invitation from the regional web site.
The next European Sea Scout/Guide Seminar will be held in Poland from 8-12 June. It will enable national associations to share ideas and experiences on how to develop Sea Scouting and Guiding or water-based programmes in general. Participants should be: members of national or regional teams responsible for Sea Scouting or Guiding or for developing water-based programmes; representatives from associations interested in introducing Sea Scouting/Guiding; able to communicate well in English or French. The participation fee is CHF 300 and there is no age limit. Contact Piotr Borys, ZHP, for more information: email@example.com
The Youth for Europe III programme formally ended on 31 December 1999. The new programme, called the Youth Action Community Programme (YACP), should have come into effect on 1 January 2000. However, it remains deadlocked, as the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers have not yet agreed on the programmes budget. It is likely that the YACP will not be up and running before April. However, projects will be selected soon after this, with the first ready to begin in June or July.
The main actions of the new programme are:
The programme will be accessible through the network of national agencies, as well as through the European Commission in Brussels. Associations wanting to apply through national agencies are advised to prepare their applications on the old Youth for Europe forms, and to submit the application to their national agency. Associations wanting to apply through the centralised procedures are advised to be ready to finalise and submit their applications on the new application forms, in April or May. You are advised to be prepared and ready to work with new procedures. Please note that for each of these cases, no specific closing date has been announced yet. There are likely to be delays in selections and payments in this first year.
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