News from the Africa Scout Region
getting farther and wider
Our first issue of the <iDespatch> in March received encouraging response from many Scout Associations in the Region and beyond. The first subscription came in within minutes of releasing the <iDespatch>! We are also grateful to the various messages of support we received upon the introduction of the <iDespatch>, our new communication tool from the Africa Regional Office.
The South African Scout Association offered to post the <iDespatch> to their website, thanks to their webmaster, Ian Webb. A copy of the <iDespatch> can now be accessed from the South African Scout website: http://www.scouting.org.za/africa/idespatch
The <iDespatch> was also reported by the WONDERnews, the email newsletter of the World On-line Network for Developing EducationalResources, WONDER. WONDERnews is produced by the Educational Methods Group of the World Organization of the Scout Movement for Scout leaders involved in developing youth programmes and managing adult resources.
To subscribe to WONDERnews, visit the WONDER home page http://www.scout.org/wonder/
Towards 2007 and beyond
A draft document entitled "Ten-Year Development Plan for Scouting in Africa Region; towards 2007 and beyond." has been sent to all English speaking National Scout Organisations in Africa. A French translation will be issued in a similar fashion as soon as it is ready.
The document will be discussed at the Mafikeng Summit (5 - 11 May) for later submission to, and adoption by the 11th Africa Scout Conference in Gabon (3 - 7 September 2001)
Kinuthia Murugu (Regional Director) and Abdoulaye Sar (Acting Regional Director) stressed the importance of sharing the document widely within National Scout Organisations/Associations and gathering those opinions in time for the meeting in Mafikeng:
"National Scout Organisations are requested to consult widely internally, consolidate the results of such consultations and be prepared to submit their findings during the Mafikeng Summit. It would be most helpful if those National Scout Organisations that are unable to send representation to Mafeking submit their comments, suggested changes etc. in writing to the Africa Regional Office before 30th April 2001."
(+1.209) 436 36 55
Getting a fax through to the Africa Scout office in Nairobi office can sometimes be difficult. For that reason, a new international fax number for the Africa Regional Office has been created in the United States (+1.209) 436 36 55.
Faxes sent to this new number are forwarded to the Africa Regional Office over the Internet. In addition to the easier connection, users of this fax number can also benefit from the significantly cheaper international rates that generally apply to calls placed to the United States rather than to Kenya.
There are no additional charges for using this service.
13th of March was a day during which Scouts in Africa celebrated the Africa Scout Day.
In Kenya, Scouts engaged mainly is community service to mark the day. At the Rowallan Scout Camp which is the home of both the Kenya Scout Association Headquarters and the Africa Regional Office, more than 250 Scouts gathered for a clean up excercise. They helped in levelling the main entrance to the camp using gravel and quarry stones. There is a plan by the Kenya Scouts Association together with Africa Regional office to make Rowallan Camp a centre of Scouting excellence in the Region.
In Tanzania, Scouts took part in various activities. The event was well publicised in the press, particularly Radio Tanzania.
In Swaziland, the local Scout radio programme slot on Monday March 12th and a repeat on Thursday March 15th were dedicated to the Africa Scout Day.
In Rwanda, an important celebration was organised at the regional stadium of Butare to relaunch the National Scout Training Centres.
The Africa Regional Office continues to receive reports on how the various National Organisations marked the day.
in the Africa Region
From 5th to 11th May 2001 in Mafikeng, South Africa.
Theme: "Better Scouting for more young Africans"
Delegates are requested to arrive in Mafikeng or Johannesburg on Saturday 5th May. Delegates will be met on arrival either at Johannesburg International Airport or at the Park Railway/Coach station on Saturday morning. Those travelling by road may wish to make their way direct to Mafikeng where staff of the Region will be waiting at the Mmabatho Tusk Resort. Details on the Summit are available from:
The Regional Director, Africa Regional Office
The Summit Secretariat, Cape Town Operations Centre
From 3rd to 7th September 2001 in Libreville, Gabon.
National Associations are requested to send advance bookings for their delegates giving all the necessary travel details. More details can be obtained from the host committee or the Regional office at the following addresses Africa Regional Office Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Federation of Gabonese Scouting Fax: +241/77 46 98
The Adult Resources sub-committee of the Africa Scout Committee will meet in Dakar, Senegal in the first week of April 2001. The Agenda of the meeting is to establish "the state of affairs" as far as the understanding of the implementation of the World Adult Resources Policy is concerned.
The 28th Zonal Conference and 4th Zonal Youth Forum of WOSM Africa Region, Southern Zone will take place in Maputo, Mozamique from 27th to 29th April 2001.
All Member countries of the Southern Zone are to be represented by six (6) delegates including two (2) Youth Forum representatives together with unlimited number of observers.
The venue will be at the Kaya Kwanga Complex , Rua D. Joao de Castro 321, Maputo.
Tel/Fax: 258 1 421 323
The 7th South African National Jamboree, SANJAMB 2001 will take place between 10th and 19th December 2001. The theme of the Jamboree is "We will find the path". For further details, contact: South African Scout Association - Gauteng Area
-4th International camp: Swascamp 2001 from 12th to 17th December 2001.
Details can be obtained from Swaziland Scouts Association
Swalemo Camp: This camp is planned in June 2000.The main purpose of the camp is to promote Scouting brotherhood between the Scouts of Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland.
Details can be obtained from the Lesotho Scouts Association
Tel / Fax: +266 322176
P.O Box 0978
West Maseru 105
30 June to 7th July
The Norwegian Scouts and Guides Council has extended an invitation and sponsorship to Scouts and Guides from their partner National Associations from Africa Scout Region, to take part in their National camp; 2001 Urban, from 30th June to 7th July 2001.
The contigent of 16 young Scouts and Guides of the age group 14 - 16 years from Africa Region will be drawn from Kenya, Uganda and Lesotho. The contigent will arrive one week before the camp for home hospitality. Details about the camp, Urban 2001, can be found on the web at http://www.scout.no/urban/english/
Date: 28th December 2002 to 8th January 2003
Registration: Contingents paying their registration fees before 31st July 2001 and 31st December 2001 will benefit with a 10% discount respectively.
Deadline: The deadline for registration is 30th June 2002. The final deadline for completion of registration fee payments will be 30th September 2002.
Details about the Jamboree can be found on the Jamboree website: http://www.worldscoutjamboree20.org/
In the year 2007, Scouting will celebrate its centenary. It will be 100 years during which young people in virtually all countries and cultures will have pledged to live by the Scout Promise and Law.
What an opportunity this year presents, not just to celebrate our past, but even more, to look forward to our next century!
The World Scout Committee wants the Centennial celebrations in 2007, as well as the years leading up to them, to aim at improving Scouting and making it available to more young people.
This can be a focus to provide opportunities to exicite, motivate, and involve young people. This information has been extracted from the WOSM website: http://www.scout.org/wso/facts/2007/
We would appreciate if national associations would keep us informed of the preparations they are making for the Scout Centenary.