in Madagascar, scouts appoint Ambassadors for SDGs
25 young Scouts have been appointed as National Ambassadors for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Madagascar. They represent the Scout districts of Atsinanana, Atsimo Andrefana, Vakinankaratra and those of Analamanga (Analamanga Afovoany, Analamanga Avaratra, Analamanga Atsimo, Analamanga Andrefana, Analamanga Atsinanana). Among them, 15 young scouts of the senior branch (19 to 25 years old) as well as leaders who will then supports and train other young people. Through the scout education method, these young people designed personal projects related to the 17 SDGs by themselves. These new Ambassadors then received training that will allow them to implement their projects by applying the Scout method, while taking into account the social impact of their initiatives. After his training, Tahiry RASOAMIARAMANANA, the bearer of a recycling initiative for the reuse of plastic or glass bottles, is eager to start his project. His ambition is to make people aware of their behavior towards the environment by proposing several ways in which plastic or glass bottles can be reused as vases, flower pots, or other home decoration. This nomination is part of World Scouting's "Scouts4SDGs" (Scouts for SDGs) program. With over 57 million Scouts involved, scouting is the largest coordinated youth contribution to the SDGs. Scouting is based on individual self-education, it is one of the best platforms to engage young people to become active citizens contributing to the development of their heritage and especially to create a better world, according to the vision of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. The choice of the date of this announcement, February 22, is also a symbol, since it coincides with the annual celebration of the Founder's Day. Commemorated every year throughout the world, February 22 is the birthday of Baden Powell (February 22, 1857), founder of Scouting, and also that of his wife Olave Baden-Powell (February 22, 1889), founder of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting. This date is celebrated today as a testimony to the common promise of all Scouts around the world to engage with their communities. These 25 newly appointed Youth SDGs Ambassadors are good examples of Scouting's contribution to empower young changemakers.