The REfugee REsponse Seminar – Recap for Friday and Saturday

Friday was a busy day in Copenhagen airport, participants from more than 25 countries were arriving from early morning until late in the evening. Some had time to go on a sightseeing tour, others chose to relax at the hotel before the opening ceremony which was followed by personal stories, shared by Fadi Kourgo, Dani Yacoub, Deniz Gül and David Hansen on how they have experienced refugee situations.

Saturday started off early with a morning greeting at 08.30am and so followed the day’s programme. The Swedish Scouts shared their experiences on how they have contributed to the refugee situation. With examples of how a local group had invited refugees to an event.
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Next followed a panel discussion on how youth organizations can play a key role. Leaving the participants with an important phrase to remember “Work with the refugees, not always for them”.
WOSM facilitated a session in Diversity and Inclusion in Europe.
One of the main points was:

“it is important to remember, that it is about we – not us and them”.

In the end of the sessions different countries shared how they included refugees in their volunteer work.

Wall of ideas is a wall of best practices and statements on how to include refugees in the world of scouting. The wall is filling up with colorful post-its with great suggestions – some of them are:

  • Share a meal
  • If you include the children, the adults will follow.
  • Keep it simple
  • Create understanding through contact.Wall of Ideas, Fb gruppe, 500