Thousands of Indonesian Scouts to become U-Reporters during 10th National Jamboree
Jakarta, 14 August 2016 – UNICEF Indonesia and the national Scouts movement Pramuka kicked off an ambitious partnership on Sunday aimed at engaging the huge Scouts membership to address key development challenges through the digital youth participation platform U-Report and other local activities. During the weeklong 10th National Jamboree which started in Cibubur close to Jakarta, some 25,000 Scouts from all over Indonesia will be invited to sign up as U-Reporters and make their voices heard by the country’s decision makers.
In his speech during the opening ceremony, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo highlighted the opportunities information technology provides to ensure the participation of young people in the country’s development. At the same time he appealed to the young audience not to use digital platforms in harmful ways: “As a big nation, Indonesia has big challenges to solve, including poverty and social disparities. That’s why our young people need to be more positive and resilient to have a competitive advantage. I encourage the Scouts movement to remain relevant by using the rapidly growing information technology. Use social media to inspire young people to join the Scouts. However, social media is not a tool for you to hurt or bully each other,” the President said.
U-Report is a free SMS and social media-based application developed by UNICEF to amplify the voices of youth and allow them to communicate, share information and opinions as well as vote on local issues. UNICEF is running U-Report in more than 20 countries. In Indonesia, it already has 27,000 active subscribers.
During the Jamboree UNICEF will run interactive sessions on U-Report and on child rights. Thousands of Scouts are expected to participate in the sessions each day, which will explain what U-Report is all about and how to use it to communicate and share information on issues related to children’s rights.
“UNICEF is proud to partner with Pramuka, the world’s largest national Scouts movement, because we share common goals and focus on similar topics and problems affecting children and young people in Indonesia. The communication platform U-Report is at the heart of our partnership,” said UNICEF Indonesia Representative Gunilla Olsson.
“We are therefore delighted to have an important role during the 10th National Scout Jamboree to spread the word about U-Report. It’s so important to include adolescents and young people in decision-making processes that affect them because they are the agents of positive change. U-Report helps them do exactly that and we hope that at the end of this week, thousands of Scouts will have joined U-Report”.
As part of a comprehensive partnership agreement, UNICEF and Pramuka will work together on three priority areas for both organizations – prevention of violence against children, improving the nutritional habits and practices of adolescents and ending open defecation, a harmful practice that contributes significantly to child illness and mortality in Indonesia.
In implementing these programmes throughout the country, U-Report will play a major role in monitoring and assessing the results of the work on the ground. U-Reporters also have the opportunity to share their concerns and ideas on many others topics that are important for them.
About UNICEF: UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
About U-Report: U-Report is a social messaging tool available in 24 countries with a subscriber base of over two million young people. The platform allows users to respond to polls and report on issues with the results being used to help advocate for social and political change. U-Reporters also receive the results and are sent information and advice from UNICEF, our partners and U-Reporters themselves.
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