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Formation of WSCF

The World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) was founded on the 17th to the 19th of August 1895 in Vadstena, Sweden by six men, representing Student Christian Movement

  • John R. Mott (USA)
  • J.R. Williamson (Britain)
  • J. Siemsen (Germany)
  • Rev. K.M. Eckhoff (Norway)
  • Dr. Fries (Sweden)
  • L.S. Wishard (Mission Lands)
  •  Mission and Vision of WSCF

    WSCF was founded with the aim of uniting movements or associations of Christian students throughout the world. The WSCF is a global community of Student Christian Movements committed to dialogue, ecumenism, social justice and peace.
    Through the work of the Holy Spirit, the WSCF is called to be prophetic witness in Church and Society. It also seeks to promote cooperation among young people in working and advocating for socio-economic justice, peace, human rights and responsible and accountable leadership in the world.
    WSCF provides a forum for Christian formation, witness, ministry and ecumenical dialogue across culture, gender and race. It does so through engaging students in study and analysis of social, political and economic issues and action from an informed Christian perspective.
    Our mission is to empower students in critical thinking and constructive transformation of our world by being a space for:

  • Prayer and celebration
  • Theological reflection
  • Study and analysis of social and cultural processes and
  • Solidarity and action across boundaries of culture, gender and ethnicity.
  • Objectives of WSCF

  • To call members to faith in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit according to the scriptures and to encourage discipleship within the life and mission of the Church.

  • To help them to grow in Christian life through prayer, study of the Bible and participation in the worship and witness of the Church

  • To help them to witness Jesus Christ in the academic community
  • To bring them into fellowship with one another in mutual service and to support efforts to serve all students in their needs.
  • To help members strive for peace and justice in and among nations.
  • To help members works towards unity within the Church.
  • To help them to be servants and messengers of God's kingdom in all the world
  • The Federation is organized into six regions, each with its own regional office. The regions and the locations of their regional offices are as follows:

  • Africa (Nairobi)
  • Asia Pacific (Hong Kong)
  • Europe (Berlin)
  • Latin America and the Caribbean (Buenos Aires)
  • Middle East (Lebanon)
  • North America and Canada (New York) 
  • The Regional Offices are headed by the Regional Secretaries and supported by the Regional staff.

    The Africa Regional Office coordinates the efforts of 24 national movements across the continent. Theses national movements are called student Christian movements or SCMs. In addition to the SCMs, there are also several associate groups and organizations affiliated with the Federation through the Africa Regional Office.

    The WSCF is a non-governmental organization in operational relations with UNESCO and has consultative status with the United Nations (Category II).


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