News from the Africa Scout Region

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May 2002 Issue 14


  1. 10 Year Development Plan for Scouting in Africa
  2. Integrate home based care for HIV /Aids patients into your Scout
  3. Baden Powell Memorial Project to get a boost from Kandersteg
  4. World Environmental Day, June 5
  5. Forth coming events; May to July 2002

1. 10 Year Development Plan for Scouting in Africa

Progress since adoption of the plan.

Since its adoption in Libreville, Gabon, by the 11th Africa Scout Conference, the 10 Year Development Plan has become the guideline in the activities of Scouting in the Africa Region.

In the Staff Management Conference for Africa held in Kenya between 5th and 10th May 2002, a review was done of the progress so far by the Africa Regional Office in line with the plan. This does not include activities carried out by individual National Scout Associations at national level. In the area of Youth Programme, a Training of Trainers workshop was held in Libreville in September 2001, immediately after the 11th Africa Scout Conference. This was meant to develop a pool of trainers who would then reinforce the youth programme department in conducting workshops in the region.

Subsequently, youth programme workshops have been succesfully held for East Africa zone, for the Great Lakes Zone and for the Southern zone.

In management, strategic planning and management seminars have been conducted in Uganda, Niger, Senegal, and Tanzania. At the same time, Chief Commissioners management workshops have been held for East Africa and for the Great Lakes Region and the southern zone. An executive staff from Uganda Scouts Association was also attached at the Africa Regional Office for one month as part of our On- The- Job-Training for national Scout executives in Africa.

In support of Adult Resources, the regional office has facilitated Adult Leader Training in Angola, Malawi, East Africa Zone and the Southern Zone. Regarding the promotion of Scouting, the Region has embarked on the Africa Scout Radio, a website for the Africa Scout region has been launched, the Africa Room at Kandersteg was inaugurated and a short visual clip on scouting in Africa produced and is available on CD.

In Fundraising, the regional office continued in its crusade of recruiting more members to the Africa Scout Foundation. So far, 19 new members have joined since September last year.

Executives from the Africa Regional office have made country visits to support National Scout Association in Cote d'Ivore, South Africa, Senegal, Rwanda, DR Congo, Zambia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nambia and Botswana. Full reports on each of the above achievements is available in our offices in Nairobi, Dakar and Cape Town.

The implementation of the 10 year development plan continues, as does the search for resources to make it a reality.

2. Integrate home based care for HIV /Aids patients into your Scout

Urges Swaziland Prime Minister

The Swaziland Prime Minister, Dr. Barnabas sibusiso Dlamini has urged the Scout Associations in the Southern Zone of Africa to incorporate home based care in their day to day activities in the community. He said that there were a lot of people in the region enduring terminal illnesses from the pandemic and provision of Scout support in this area would be a fulfilment of the Scout motto of helping other people.

The Minister also pledged government¹s support for Scouting in the country. ³Scouting provides an opportunity for young people to engage in productive activity, working as part of a team and at the same time delivering great satisfaction from one¹s own individual contribution², he told the workshop.

The Minister was speaking when he officially opened a community development workshop for Scout Leaders from seven countries of Southern Zone of Africa who had gathered in Mphophoma training centre in Swaziland. The workshop was sponsored by Scouts Canada.

3. Baden Powell Memorial Project to get a boost from Kandersteg

A project for Summer 2002

In an agreement between World Scout Bureau, Africa Regional Office and Kandersteg International Scout Centre (KISC), KISC's Summer 2002 BBQ project will be used to promote Scouting in the Nyeri area of Kenya.

Under this agreement, KISC will organise a weekly BBQ for her guests during summer ( approximately nine times) and a contribution of two Swiss Francs per participants will be put forward to the BBQ Fund 2002.

The money will be used to put a flagpole for KISC at the Baden Powell Cemetry and memorial park as part of the ongoing Baden Powell Memorial Project. This will cost 250 US Dollars.

The rest of the money will be used to stimulate and assist Scouting for disadvantaged young people in the Nyeri area.

The Baden Powell Memorial Project is a joint effort of the World Scout Bureau, Africa Regional Office, and the Nyeri Local Scouts Association of the Kenya Scouts Association. It is aimed at rehabilitating the Baden Powell Cemetry and park and to put up a Scout Information Centre.

4. World Environmental Day, June 5

Give Earth a Chance

During their 30th anniversary (1972 - 2002) The United Nations Environmenta lProgramme will mark the World Environmental Day on June 5 with theme; Give Earth a Chance, a circular dated 7th March 2002, and signed by Mr. Klaus Topfer, The Executive Director of UNEP has stated.

The World Environmental Day, which is now considered as one of the most important events on the environmental calendar, is celebrated globally every year on June 5 in more than 100 countries. This observance helps to draw attention to someof the ways in which human actions are threatening the planet, and emphasiss the urgent need to change attitudes and behaviours. Scouts in Africa, like everywhere else in the world are involved largely in environmetal conservation and education. This event offers a good opportunity to sensitise their local communities on their role in "giving the Earth a chance."

For further details on the World Environmental Day, visit their website:

5. Forthcoming events; May to July 2002

In Africa

-May 23 - 28
Adult Resouces Workshop and Chief Commisoners' Workshop in Benin city, Nigeria

-June 4 - 7
Youth Programme seminar in Lome, Togo.

-July 23 - 30
Adult Resouces Workshop and Chief Commissioners' Workshop in Mauritius