The Messenger of Peace Workshop held during the Africa Scout Academy from 7 to 11 December 2023 in Nairobi, Kenya created an opportunity for twenty-two young leaders from 17 National Scout Organizations (NSOs) - Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Congo Brazzaville, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, and Zimbabwe - to learn, interact, be inspired, and to act towards increasing Scouting's contributions to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals through the Scouts for SDGs mobilisation.

Centered around World Scouting's four thematic programme areas - Peace and Community Engagement, Environment and Sustainability, Skills for Life, and Health and Wellbeing the workshop was a great platform for enlightening presentations, enriching conversations, inspiring case studies and new-found friendships.

The participants discussed the educational frameworks, theory of change, and learning journeys of World Scouting's flagship initiatives under each of the four thematic areas. They were also taken through specific challenges development for implementation in each area, among them the Messengers of Peace initiative which houses the Dialogue for Peace and Interreligious Dialogue challenges; Earth Tribe initiative which houses the Scouts go Solar, Plastic Tide Turners, Champions for Nature challenge, and SCOUTpreneurship.

Additionally, the workshop looked at the how to plan for, measure and report on social impact of Scouting achieved through the implementation of the many educational initiatives and grassroots community projects implemented by individual Scouts and national scout Organizations. Participants were also taken through the World Scouting's funding and grant management tools available to supporting them with the implementation of their Scouts for SDGs projects. Particularly, they learned more about World Scouting grants, the Fluxx grant management tool, Scout Donation Platform, and the Africa Scout Foundation Youth Fund.

With the movement keen on growing its profile profile to accurately portray what we do and why we do it, reflecting our shared values, participants were trained on raising Scouting's influence and impact through advocacy for the SDGs. In the end, participants developed a personal action plan with a project idea they committed to implement back in their countries. From the workshop, participants will join the very growing regional network of MoP and Scouts for SDGs Ambassadors to grow the pool of motivated and resourceful young people who are committed to support NSOs and the region.

"The workshop enabled us to increase the knowledge and capacity of young people and their NSOs for the implementation of the Messengers of Peace, Scouts for SDGs and funded projects through stronger project planning and management capabilities. By the concrete commitments and actions to replicate the training and strengthen implementation locally, the young people have demonstrated readiness to take leadership and drive change in their communities." - Jacques Sandrizi, Senior Manager, Messengers of Peace Programme & Grant Management Lead, World Scout Bureau Africa Support Centre

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This workshop was held as part of the Africa Scout Academy that took place from 7 to 11 December 2023 in Nairobi, Kenya through World Scouting Grants thanks to the longstanding support and partnership of the World Scout Foundation and its generous donors.

The Africa Scout Academy is a capacity building event that provides a platform for learning, peer exchange and skills development during which leaders can grow their capacities through tapping into different best practices and developing action plans to improve their NSO's programmes, initiatives, processes, and projects towards sustainable development of Scouting. This first edition focused on Youth Programme Development, Safe from Harm, Ticket to Life Initiative, Constitutional Reviews and Scouts for SDGs mobilization.

The programme involved four parallel workshops with opportunity to connect participants through joint sessions on cross-cutting topics like the next strategy for Scouting, WOSM Services, Safe from Harm, partnerships and resource mobilisation, project management and storytelling for donor-funded projects.