JOTA JOTI 2010 “the right to be heard”

This year as a part of the annual JOTA-JOTI (Jamboree on the Air – Jamboree on the Internet), taking place on the 16th & 17th of October, WOSM will be partnering with UNICEF to develop a platform for young people to express their views.

In connection with International Year of Youth that was launched in August this year and the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Convention on the Rights of the Child celebrated in November 2009, this year’s theme for JOTA-JOTI is “Right to be heard” which is divided into such subthemes as youth rights, youth involvement, youth empowerment.

This theme directly relates to UNICEF’s mandate and JOTA-JOTI represents a not to be missed opportunity to disseminate information about children’s rights among a rather large audience.

Apart from traditional chatting on the Internet (JOTI) or radio (JOTA) this year Scouts will also use such new media tools as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Flickr as well as UNICEF’s Voices of Youth blog.

Proposed activities:

Activity n° 1: Discuss and debate with other young people around the world:

During the JOTI, a channel (#JOTA-JOTI-theme) will be reserved for this activity.

During the JOTA, exchanges will be made by radio.

All participants will be invited to return their answers using an online survey, by email or via post.

Each participant (or group of participants) will be invited to choose a sub-theme and find, using the channel (JOTI) or the radio (JOTA) other participants of different nationalities who have chosen the same sub-theme.
Following a time of personal reflection and a time to exchange with other participants, each participant will fill out an online form to indicate:

  • His/Her answers to the questions.
  • Countries with which he/she has interacted.
  • Which were the answers from others participants that really captured his/her attention, and why.

Three questions are proposed for each sub-theme [ Download these questions in various languages ]

Sub-theme 1 / Youth Rights:

  • Question 1:
    Do you know your rights? Can you name five rights that are part of the Convention on the Rights of the Child?
  • Question 2:
    Which right, according to you, is the most important? And why?
  • Question 3:
    Describe a situation where you or someone you know, had the feeling that your/their rights were not respected.

Sub-theme 2 / Youth Involvement

  • Question 1:
    If you were meeting with your country’s president today, what would you like to tell him about youth involvement?
  • Question 2:
    According to you, how can young people become more involved in decision-making within their communities?
  • Question n° 3:
    Imagine something you could do this month to participate in creating a better world and describe it in a few lines.

Sub-theme 3 / Youth Empowerment

  • Question 1:
    If you could change one thing in the world today, what would it be?
  • Question 2:
    How do you imagine your life in 5 years time?
  • Question n° 3:
    Describe a situation where you or your group have been placed in a situation of empowerment.

The best contributions will be posted on a special page on and on the UNICEF blog.

All participants will receive a certificate from WOSM/UNICEF.

These contributions will be presented to parliamentarians who will be attending the 6th General Assembly of the World Scout Parliamentary Union (WSPU), to be held in Korea from the 1st to 4th of November.

Activity n° 2: Become a Spokesperson

Become a spokesperson for your community

1. By publishing a story on the blog “Voices of Youth”.

Prepare your story (in English) before the JOTA-JOTI (to be held on the 16th-17th of October). Your story should focus on projects or activities related to UNICEF’s themes: children rights, HIV/AIDS and children, the youth perspective on climate change, basic education and gender equality, child survival and development including nutrition and health, child protection, or innovation and technology for development, among others. Or it can be a story about JOTA/JOTI – how many scouts and where have gathered in your country, what has been discussed, what were the outcomes.

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Some pictures must be attached to illustrate the article (preferably showing youth in scout uniform)

Before submitting a story, please verify that it complies with the rules of publishing

The best stories will be published on the UNICEF blog.

2. By posting your comments on the Wall of the Voices of Youth facebook page:

3. By following Voices of Youth on twitter, tweeting about JOTA-JOTI or global problems and asking us to retweet it on:

All Voices of Youth are automatically posted on its Facebook page’s Wall.

Activity n° 3: Become a photo reporter

Send a photo essay of your JOTA-JOTI weekend.

During the weekend of JOTA-JOTI, publish photos of activities that were organised locally and share them with other Scouts around the world, commenting on the best pictures.

Post your photos to:

The best photos may be included in the annual JOTA-JOTI report.

You can also include the link to your photo essay in your Voices of Youth blog submission, Facebook wall post or tweet.

Activity n° 4: Become a video reporter

Record your answer to one of the nine questions in activity 1, by using a webcam or your mobile phone, and transfer this video to your You tube account.

The video must be less than 2 minutes long and must only contain images suitable for public viewing.
Then share this video with
(you must first add him as a friend).

After being accepted, this video will appear in UNICEF YouTube channel “UNICEFVOY”

The best videos will be posted on the on the UNICEF blog

Activity n° 5: Interact with experts in children rights and youth empowerment.

Saturday, October 16th from 3 pm to 5 pm (GMT) experts from UNICEF and WOSM will be present on the Internet chat and the Radio chat to interact with you on issues relating to rights of children and youth empowerment.

Participants are free to participate in one or more activities based on their interests.


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