News from the Africa Scout Region

October 2002 Issue 19


  1. Sea tragedy
  2. Growing number of Scout websites
  3. What is new
  4. News from other Regions
  5. African Contigent
  6. Forth Coming Events

1. Sea tragedy

In Senegal

On the night of Thursday 26th September 2002,the ferry "LE JOOLA" which plies Dakar and Ziguinchor in Senegal, sank off The Gambian coast around 22.45hrs.There were on board an estimated 1,034 passengers amongst them foreigners.

The toll of the tragedy is reported as follows: 64 surviving, 970 dead or reported missing, out of which 487 bodies have been recovered from the water.

Mr. Nassardine Aidara ,former Chief Commissioner of les Eclaireurs et Eclaireurs du Sénégal is among the bereaved having lost his elder son and three of his nephews. We send him our most sincere condolences.

From Saturday 28th September to October 4th, 102 Scouts from Scouts du Senegal and Eclaireuses et Eclaireurs du Senegal,under the supervision of Dr. Marie-Louise Corréa(Chairman of the World Scout Committee) and Lamine Diawara(Director of the Dakar Operations Centre of the World Scout Bureau), were at the harbour of Dakar, working together with the National Navy and the City Council to assist the families of the victims.

Among the services rendered included distributing water and food given by various well wishers.

In collaboration with the Senegalese Red Cross,the Scouts also provided First Aid to victims and bereaved families who suffered from shock in the face of the tragedy.

2. Growing number of Scout websites

For national Scout Associations in Africa

Benin: http://www.scoutismebeninois.ifrance.com

Kenya: http://www.scouts.or.ke

Mauritius: http://www.angelfire.com/nj/mauscout

Mozambique: http://www.pages.whowhere.com/community/scoutmoz

Senegal - Les Scouts de Senegal ( The Scouts of Senegal):

South Africa: http://www.scouting.org.za

Swaziland: http://www.scouting.org.za/swazi

Uganda: http://www.scouts.or.ug

3. What is new

In the Africa Region

- Mauritius - New Chief Commissioner

Mr. Jos Nanette has bee appointed Chief Commissioner of the Mauritius Scout Association for a term of four years beginning 5th October 2002. Mr. Nanette is a member of the Africa Scout Committee. We wish him all the best in his new position. We believe he will take the Mauritius Scout Association from strength to strength.

- Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe Solar Eclipse Jamboree

The Boy Scouts Association of Zimbabwe - Province of Matableland is organising a Solar Eclipse Jamboree from 30th November to 9th December 2002. The Jamboree, scheduled to take place at Gordon Park, is organised tocoincide with the solar eclipse which is expected to travel through Africa on Wednesday 4th December 2002. "The path of totality will lie over a number of National Parks in Southern Africa including Hwange and Matopos National Parks where Gordon Park is situated," reports the Scout Association. For further details, visit: http://www.mweb.co.zw/boyscouts

- Burundi - Peace Jamboree is now scheduled for 22nd to 29th December 2002.

The first Peace Jamboree in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, which had earlier been scheduled for last August, and postponed due to security reasons in Burundi, has now been planned for December this year. The venue remains as Gitega, the province situated in the centre of Burundi. For details, contact Chrysanthe Sahabo, the International Commissioner of Burundi Scouts Association.

4. News from other Regions

- Arab Scout Region: International workshop on Adults in Scouting

The Arab Scout Region is organising an International workshop on the implementation of Adult Resources Policy from 21st to 27th October 2002 in Cairo. The aim is to develop tools that will help in the implementation of the world Adult Resources Policy at national level. Africa Scout Region will be represented by Mr. Abdoulaye Sene, the Director incharge of Adult Resources at the Africa Regional Office.

-Asia Pacific Scout Region - New Communication tool: inbox@apr

The Asia Pacific Regional Office in Manila, Philippines has launched this October, a new monthly e-newsletter named inbox@apr . It is offered directly to leaders in national, regional and world Scouting with substantive but concise information highlighting the latest and upcoming events in the Asia-Pacific Region.

inbox@apr will be published monthly in English. Subscription is free.

-Kandersteg International Scout Centre - A new promotional tool

Kandersteg International Scout Centre (KISC) has repackaged information about the centre on a CD. This will make it easier to introduce the centre to you. The CD contains presentations for different audiences and languages ( at the moment EN and DE), selection of photos, general articles for magazines among others. The information can also be modified to suit your needs on request. The CD is a useful source of information to introduce KISC to Scouts and their Leaders. Those interested in this information should send their postal address to KISC.

5. African Contigent

to the World Scout Jamboree

As in the past, the World Scout Bureau Regional Offices are in charge, in co-operation with the World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) Office, of setting up international patrols thanks to the financial help provided by the WSJ budget through Operation Sattahip. They are also ready to help any NSO willing to provide direct assistance to a given country or region in order to facilitate its' Scout participation to the 20th World Scout Jamboree in Thailand.

As such, Africa Regional office and its operations centers in Dakar and Cape Town are coordinating the formation of international patrols to the World Jamboree, with financial support from Operation Satahip among other sponsors.

So far, there is a Patrol from the Western Zone comprising of Scouts from Togo, Niger, Cote d¹Ivore, Benin, Cameroon, and Sengal. Another patrol will come from East African zone of Burundi, Rwanda, D R Congo, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. From the Indian Ocean, Madagascar will send Scouts to the Jamboree while the Southern Zone will form a patrol from Swaziland, Angola, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbawe.

Besides Operation Satahip sponsorhip, FOS Belgium Association will sponsor one patrol each from Tanzania and Mozambique by meeting their Jamboree fees while The Scout Association of UK will sponsor fully a patrol of ten Scouts from Malawi.

6. Forth Coming Events

In Africa

-Adult Resources Workshop - Madagascar

Chief Commissioners and Key Scout Leaders in the Indian Ocean will meet in Antananarivo, Madagascar, from 8th to 11th November 2002. It will be a workshop on the management of Adult Resources and general management of Scout Associations.

The Workshop will be facilitated by the Director of Adult Resources in Africa Region, Abdoulaye Sene. The Regional Director, Kinuthia Murugu will also take part in the workshop

- Multi - Purpose Workshop in Uganda - 25th to 28th November

The aim of the workshop is to do an analysis of the present situation in the Association, set a vision for the future and come up with a strategic plan to achieve the vision. Consideration will be given to the 10-Year Development Plan for Scouting in the Africa Region and WOSM priorities agreed on in Greece. Gathogo Ngugi, Community Development Director in the Africa Regional Office will facilitate the workshop.