Over 400 participants and organisations at the World Non-Formal Education Forum, an event convened by World Scouting, have launched a collective call to action to continue to empower millions of young people worldwide through non-formal education.
As the main outcome of the Forum, the Rio Declaration on Non-Formal Education is an ambitious action agenda capturing the ideas and inputs of stakeholders at the event to lay the foundation and define a direction for the future of non-formal education.
Together as a collective voice, the Rio Declaration calls for the recognition of the right to non-formal education, increased recognition, more innovative learning methods, greater investment, and stronger partnerships.
Among the calls include a promotion of evidence-based approaches to non-formal education, more investment in technological and digital solutions, and enhanced coordination between non-formal educational stakeholders and partners.
The Rio Declaration was developed through an active and participatory process involving digital polls, focus groups, and innovation labs that took place during the three-day event.
The outcome of discussions over the course of the Forum helped assess the state of non-formal education and forged a consensus among stakeholders for actions needed to advance it as a powerful vehicle for the development of children and youth, and their role as active global citizens.
Convened by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) in collaboration with UNICEF, UNFPA, and the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth (OSGEY), and in close coordination with the Big 6 Youth Organizations, the Forum brought together more than 400 participants from over 70 international organisations, youth organisations and UN entities from across the non-formal education sector.