News from the Africa Scout Region
A progress update
As part of the ongoing preparations for the 11th Africa Scout Conference, the Regional Director travelled to Gabon in June. He held several meetings with the organising committee, met with the General Secretary of the Ministry of Youth as well as Hon. Jean Pierre Menguang who is a former member of the Africa Scout Committee and now the Minister of interior in Gabon. He visited the Conference site, proposed accommodation facilities and also went on air on Radio Gabon to promote the Conference.
All delegates and invited participants to the Conference are reminded to register early to facilitate proper planning.
It is important for all those intending to travel to Gabon to get their Visas in good time to avoid last minute frustrations. A detailed Conference update pack has been widely issued from the Africa Regional Office.
Further details can also be obtained from:
The Africa Regional Office
Or from the host committee in Gabon:
Nguema Biteghe Edmond Hocke
Federation of Gabonese Scouting
In the Africa Regional Office
Please note the following change of some telephone numbers at the World Scout Bureau, Africa Regional office in Nairobi:
Telephone: + 254 2 577123 and + 254 2 573436
Fax: + 254 2 578342
Youth programme development is one of the major challenges faced by African Scouting and the need to develop the capacity and expertise to carry out programme review and development is very pressing. For this reason, the first activity planned within the framework of the 10-year Development Plan for Scouting in Africa is a workshop for youth programme developers and trainers. It will be held in Gabon from 8-12 September immediately after the 11th Africa Regional Conference. It will bring together Scout leaders who are already involved in youth programme review and development in their National Associations/ Organisations, members of the Youth Programme sub committee as well as executives from the Africa Regional Office, supported by the Youth Programme Service of the World Scout Bureau, Geneva. The aim is to create a pool of persons with a common base on youth programme review and development, who are able to conduct zonal and national programme and training workshops
Kandersteg Scout Centre has dedicated one of their accommodation rooms to Africa Region. The room will be called The Africa Room. The Africa Scout Region will have the privilege of decorating the Africa room with decors and artefacts that depict Scouting in Africa. Visitors putting up in the Africa room will have the opportunity of experiencing the heritage of African Scouting from such decorations.
Africa Room will be officially inaugurated in March 2002, by the Chairman of the World Scout Committee, on the occasion of the World Scout Committee meeting.
NSAs/NSOs willing to contribute decorations to be put up in the Africa Room should forward them to the Africa Regional office before September 2001.
His Excellency Joaquim Alberto Chissano
After a successful 28th Southern zonal Conference of the Africa Region, held in Maputo, Mozambique, delegates were invited by His Excellency the President of that country, Joaquim Alberto Chissano to state house on May day. During the meeting, the President expressed his personal commitment to assist in the growth of Scouting in Mozambique. The meeting also discussed substantially on the efforts needed to support the growth and development of Scouting in Africa as a whole.
The President congratulated Scouts for the work they were doing to improve the lives of the Mozambicans. Among those in the delegation were the Africa Regional Director, Maj. K. Murugu, Winston Adams of the Cape Town Operations Centre of the Africa Regional Office, Dr. Leonardo Adamowicz, the Chief Scout of Mozambique, Brian Foya, the Secretary of the Southern zone and also National Executive Commissioner of the Boy Scouts of Zimbabwe and Guilherme da Costa Fernando, the Chief Commissioner of the Mozambique Scouts Association.
Organised by UNFPA
United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, in collaboration with GEEP - a youth-serving NGO from Senegal, Kenya Scouts Association, Family Planning Association of Kenya and the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru, Kenya, are planning a youth camp on 12 16 August 2001 in Nakuru, Kenya. The purpose of the camp is to bring young people together to exchange experiences and best practices in solving the HIV/Aids impact on the young people.
UNFPA has requested the Africa Scout Office to extend invitations to NSAs/NSOs in the Africa Region to sponsor two or three youth members to participate in the camp.
The cost per participant (i.e. Accommodation, meals, use of computers, visit to project sites etc) is estimated at US $ 400. This cost does not cover the transportation cost from other countries to Nairobi.
Further details can be obtained from the UNFPA offices in Nairobi:
Tel (254 2 624404/624405)
The Africa Regional Office intends to compile an events list of Scout activities in the Region. The list will be useful both to the Associations / Organisations in the Region and beyond and also to our interested partners who may be willing to take part in such events for exchange of experiences. All NSAs/NSOs in the Africa Region are therefore asked to submit a list of their forthcoming events for the remaining part of 2001 and for the year 2002 to the Africa Regional Office.
KENYA SCOUTS ASSOCIATION
- Sisi Kwa Sisi Jamboree
This is a Jamboree organised by Kenya Scouts Assocaition and brings together street children being rehabilitated through Scouting. It will be held from 14th to 24th July in Rowallan Scout Camp in Nairobi, Kenya.
Contact: Kenya Scouts Association
CAMEROON SCOUT ASSOCIATION
- 2nd National Jamboree; MIL'JAMB
Date: 25th July to 5th August 2001
Theme: Together for a broader vision in the 3rd Millenium.
Contact: Cameroon Scout Association