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News from the Africa Scout Region

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September-October 2001 Issue 7-8

IN THIS ISSUE

  1. A MESSAGE OF COMFORT TO THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
  2. 11th AFRICA SCOUT CONFERENCE ADOPTS A COMMON WAY FORWARD
  3. STRENGTHENING THE CAPACITY OF THE AFRICA REGIONAL OFFICE
  4. A RENEWED APPROACH TO PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT
  5. STOP TALKING AND START WORKING
  6. ANNOUNCING THE 44TH WORLD SCOUT JOTA, OCTOBER 20 - 21 2001
  7. NEXT ISSUE

1. A MESSAGE OF COMFORT TO THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

From the Africa Scout Region

The tragedy in America has touched our hearts in the Africa Scout Region. These words of comfort are a small but very sincere response to a very large tragedy and our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers reach out to all Americans and all other nationalities, who have confronted the horror of war and terrorism face to face. We share the sad feeling and the desire for peace and friendship even though we are miles away from America.

We share with you and theworld the following words from our Founder Lord Baden Powell, which he wrote in 1922 and which still remain truly relevant to our societies today:

"I think if every fellow studied a little of his own body and how it works, he would quickly gain a new idea of the miraculous handiwork of God and would realise how He is actually active in your body as well as in your mind. And when, as some of you have done, you see these wonderful bodies of His with all their complicated, beautifully fitted living mechanisms smashed, destroyed or maimed by man-made bombs and shells in man-made battles over man-made villainies, you will feel that there is something wicked and profane about war"

B-P's Rovering to Success, 1922 Edition

2. 11th AFRICA SCOUT CONFERENCE ADOPTS A COMMON WAY FORWARD

The 10 Year Development Plan for Scouting in Africa

The 11th Africa Scout Conference discussed the contents and adoption of the 10 Year development Plan for Scouting in Africa, as the plan of action for the next 10 years.

The Plan had earlier been discussed by the 1st Africa Scout Summit in May, and endorsed for adoption by the Conference through the Mafikeng declaration of the same Summit.

By way of a resolution, the Conference unanimously adopted the plan "with amendments as the plan of action for the growth and development of Scouting in Africa."

The Conference further requested the World Scout Bureau in Geneva and the Africa Regional Office in Nairobi to embark on mobilisation of resources necessary for its implementation and called on all National Scout Associations/Organisations to support the plan by obtaining the necessary resources for its efficient and effective implementation at country level.

The Plan analyses the major problems confronting youth in Africa such as poverty, diseases including HIV/AIDS,Environmental degradation, armed conflicts etc. It positions Scouting as the Movement that will turn around the lives of young people in Africa and lays strategies for Scouting to permeate through all levels of Society in Africa. It also addresses ways of enhancing the five WOSM's priority areas i.e. Youth programme, Adult
resources, Management, Resource mobilisation and Growth including Public relations and communication

3. STRENGTHENING THE CAPACITY OF THE AFRICA REGIONAL OFFICE

Announcing a position in the Youth Programme department

The Africa Regional Office is strengthening its youth programme department by creating a position of an ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, as it embarks on the implementation of the 10 Year Development Plan for Scouting in the Africa Scout Region.

The creation of the position has been facilitated through the support of Scouts Canada.

The position will be based in Nairobi and is open to all African Scouters. Women are encouraged to apply for the job. Ability to communicate in both English and French will be an advantage.

Applications should be sent to

The Regional Director
World Scout Bureau, Africa Regional Office
P.O. box 63070, Nairobi, KENYA.

The closing date for all applications is the 30th of October, 2001.

4. A RENEWED APPROACH TO PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT

Africa to produce a renewed Africa Core Programme

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 Africa Regional Office organised a regional Youth Programme Workshop in Libreville, Gabon, immediately after the 11th Africa Scout Conference. It brought 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 workshop aimed at finalising the 3rd Edition of the Africa Core Programme as well as giving the participants an opportunity to master the necessary skills for revising National Youth Programmes taking into account the Renewed approach to Youth Programme development. It was also to create a pool of Leaders with a common base on youth programme review and development, who are able to conduct zonal and national programme and
training workshops in the region.

5. STOP TALKING AND START WORKING

Says new Africa Scout Committee Chairman

The only way to realise the implementation of the 10 Year Development Plan is to " stop talking and start working" the new Chairman of the Africa Scout Committee, Mr. Papa Abdoukhadir M'Bodj told the 11th Africa Scout Conference during the closing ceremony when he made his first speech as Chairman.

Mr. M'bodj of Senegal replaced Hon. Manuel Pinto of Uganda as Chairman, while Mr. Nkwekwe Nkomo of South Africa is the new Vice Chairman replacing Mr. Massaye Ngouangi of Gabon. Other members who retired included Mr. Ngonyani of Tanzania and Mr. J.S. Mathenge of Kenya.

To replace the four retiring members, the Conference elected Mr. Jos Nannette of Mauritius, Ms. Victoria Nalongo of Uganda, Mr. Damien Nimpagariste of Burundi and Mr. Clement Belinga Mathieu of Cameroon were elected to the Committee.

The Conference brought together 81 delegates from 21 National Scout Associations/Organisations and another 17 guests representing eight European, Asian and American Scout Associations/Organisations as well as other partners of WOSM in the region such as UNAIDS and UNICEF.

At the end of the Conference, resolutions were passed on various issues that the Conference found critical to the development of Scouting in Africa. Such issues included social and health problems, partnerships, the Africa Youth
Forum, the Africa Scout Summit, the 5th Africa Jamboree to be hosed by Mozambique in 2004 and the 13th Africa Scout to be hosted by Rwanda in 2007.

6. ANNOUNCING THE 44TH WORLD SCOUT JOTA, OCTOBER 20 - 21 2001

Jamboree On The Air

The 44th world Scout JOTA will be held over the weekend of 20th and 21st October 2001.

JOTA is an annual event in which about 500,000 Scouts and Guides all over the world makes contact with each other by means of amateur radio. it is the shear excitement of having a live conversation with a fellow Scout or Guide at some other place in the world that attracts so many youngsters to this event. It is a real Jamboree during which Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared, thus contributing to the world brotherhood of Scouting.

JOTA is a worldwide event. Units may operate for 48 hours or any part thereof, from Saturday 00.00 hr. until Sunday 24.00 hr. local time.

More and more information about JOTA is being published on the WOSM's website. You can access and download them at your convenience at www.scout.org/jota

The World Scout Bureau in Geneva and the Africa Regional Office in Nairobi are very much interested to get an impression of what the JOTA was like in your country. The Word Scout Bureau in Geneva compiles the World JOTA Report and copies are sent to each National JOTA Organiser and Scout Association.

All JOTA organisers are requested to send a report to Geneva soon after the event. Photographs accompanying such reports will be highly appreciated. For your report to be published in the World Report, it must reach Geneva before the publishing deadline of 31st December 2001.

We wish all Scouts an interesting JOTA weekend. It is an excellent
opportunity to make contacts, exchange ideas, learn other cultures and
habits and make new friends.

7. NEXT ISSUE

2nd week of November

Due to commitments at the Africa Regional Office regarding the just concluded 11th Africa Scout Conference, we have combined the September issue with the current October issue, hence the volume of this edition.

The next iDespatch will come your way in the second week of November.


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