News from the Africa Scout Region
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The Africa Regional Office has produced a Calendar for the year 2002 depicting Scouting in Africa.
The six page calendar is not just another annual calendar. Each page brings you images of the various Scout activities and aspirations of young people in Africa. It also marks the international Scout events scheduled for the year 2002. It is published in English and French languages.
The calendar is being offered for sale to all Scout groups, individuals and Associations in the world, and the proceeds will go to the Africa Scout Foundation to contribute to the financial base needed to support the growth and development of Scouting in Africa Region.
The minimum quantity for any order is 10 (Ten) Calendars for a total of 50 US Dollars including shipping cost.
The calendars will be delivered beginning 20th November 2000.
Developing Scouting in Africa through the Radio
Africa Scout Region will embark on dissemination of Scout information and training
through the radio.
In terms of reach, the radio remains the most effective communication channel especially in rural Africa. Plans are at an advanced stage to produce radio programs which will be distributed free to NSAs/NSOs to broadcast through their local radio broadcasting stations. The NSOs/NSAs will also be free to adapt the materials to their local environments (e.g. translating to local languages and using familiar names and examples)
It is expected that the first series of programs will be ready in English language before the end of this year, and broadcasting is scheduled to begin early January next year. The programs are part of the growth and development strategy in the 10-year development plan for Scouting in Africa. Growth of the Scout Movement in Africa will result from the provision of a more attractive and relevant youth program, provision of better adult support and the introduction of more effective management practices. To achieve these goals, elements such as training, publicity, promotion, recruitment and communication become core factors of success. The radio with its wide reach in Africa will become an important tool , serving as a communication channel that will reach all corners of the region more easily and effectively than any other media in Africa so far.
National Associations are urged to negotiate for airtime from both their national radio and community radio stations to broadcast the programs. Some Associations in Africa are already using the radio as a communication tool. Please contact Lydiah to order for your free tapes.
Management seminars in the Region take off in Uganda and Senegal
Equipping all professionals and volunteers in National Scout Associations/Organisations with modern management skills for maximum benefit is one of the major objectives of the 10 Year Development Plan for Scouting in the Africa Scout Region.
One of the planned activities is to conduct multi purpose workshops in National Scout Associations/Organisations in order to evaluate their management needs and to assist them in coming up with appropriate solutions.
In line with this objective, a three day Workshop was held in September in Uganda and brought together Professional staff and volunteers from the Uganda Scouts Association. The workshop was facilitated by Gathogo Ngugi, the Community Development Director from the Africa Regional Office supported by some invited professionals
Participants improved their knowledge on a number of topics, which included change management, fundraising, time management, finance, communications and public relations. Informal group sessions enabled the delegates to participate in team building activities.
Follow-up activities are planned to monitor the success of the implementation
of the new skills by the participants. A similar workshop took place in Senegal
and was facilitated by Lamine Diawara, the Director of the Dakar Operations
Centre of the Africa Regional Office. Participants were drawn from Scouts du
Senegal and Gambia ScoutsAssociation.
The contribution of Angola Scouts in the campaign
Scouts in Angola are in the front-line of a campaign to eradicate polio out out that country. Angola is one of the countries affected by conflict and where vaccination and surveillance against polio are particularly challenging.
in the year 2000, 5,000 Angola Scouts visited 1,053,329 houses during 3 phases of the National Immunization Days in 15 of the 18 provinces of that country. They distributed 25,000 leaflets, conducted five "Operation Stop Polio" where they handed over educational materials and counseling to drivers stopped at traffic lights. 500 Scouts wearing anti- polio T-shirts and carrying banners against polio were present in five international football matches. In the same year, Scouts identified and reported 21 cases of acute flaccid paralysis. They also directly vaccinated 500,000 children.
Polio is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus. It invades the nervous system and can cause total irreversible paralysis mostly in the legs. It mainly affects children below three years of age.
In 1988, the World Health Assembly launched a global initiative to eradicate
polio by the end of the year 2000. In 12 years, the number of cases had fallen
by 95% from an estimated 350,000 cases. In the same period, polio
infected countries have also reduced from 125 to 30, out of which 22 are in Africa.
The only treatment against polio is prevention. A few drops of the polio vaccine, given at least four times before the age of one year protects a child for life.
UNEP's GLOBAL 500 Roll of Honour for Environmental Achievement
The United Nations Enviromental Programme, UNEP invites you to nominate individuals between the ages of 10 and 21 years or young peoples groups who, in your opinion, merit consideration for the Global 500 Youth Environment Award.
UNEP believes that young people are important partners and allies in raising
environmental awareness and triggering environmental action. " If we in
the environment movement fail to listen to the voices of young people, or to
harness their energies for environmenal action now, it will be our own sad loss for which history will not forgive us. It is only by creating awareness and encouraging young action today that we can hope to conserve and sustain
what we have now and ensure against future environmental destruction." says Klaus Töpfer, the Executive Director of UNEP.
Details about the award including nomination forms can be accessed at:
Deadline for the nominations is 31st December 2001.