The Better World Framework is a portfolio of world initiatives addressing four thematic areas of education focusing on global issues and trends affecting young people and diverse communities  in the next 10 years. Each initiative  contains  challenges  for  young  people that inspire them to participate in their local communities and become active citizens. The thematic areas of education are as follows:

•  Environment  and  Sustainability

•  Peace and  Community  Engagement

•  Health  and  Wellbeing

•  Skills for Life

There is one Better World initiative for each thematic area  of education. Each initiative offers a set of defined paths and learning objectives relevant to its theme. These learning objectives are the basis for integrating the initiatives and its challenges into your Youth Programme. Each initiative’s learning objectives align with the principles of  Education for  Sustainable  Development  (ESD), the  World Scout  Youth  Programme  Policy, and the  Essential Characteristics  of  Scouting.

Scouts For SDGs

The Better World Framework’s primary purpose is to enable young people to become active citizens  by  undertaking  development  actions in the community. As a result of these actions, local communities develop into more resilient societies through the young people’s activation. NSOs develop, design, and deliver Scouting’s Youth Programme based on each country’s specific realities and context in your Educational Proposals. By aligning community development projects with young people’s needs, the purpose of Scouting, and the 17 SDGs, you strengthen the relevance of Scouting as a partner to tackle local issues, offering young people meaningful possibilities to transform their communities. As part of its commitment to achieving the SDGs, WOSM initiated the  Scouts for SDGs mobilisation in 2018. The effort leverages Scouting and the Better World Framework to raise awareness among young people (Scouts and non-Scouts) and inspire them to take action for the SDGs in their local communities.

Learning opportunities that support education for sustainable development

Messengers of Peace

A flagship educational 

programme that engages Scouts in building a global culture of peace and justice through millions of individual and community service actions. Developed in partnership with Alwaleed Philanthropies.

Scouts of the World Award

A voluntary service award programme that engages Scouts aged 15 to 26 years old in a local project to explore and take action around a social, environmental or economic issue impacting their community. 

Earth Tribe

The Earth Tribe is a global movement of young people who are passionate about the environment and actively engaged as global citizens to preserve and protect our planet. Whether young people are involved in Scouting or not, they are able to become members of Earth Tribe and contribute to conservation and environmental action.