News from the Africa Scout Region
While in the service of Scouting
The Africa Regional Office has learnt, through Winston Adams, the Director of Cape Town Operations Centre, of the tragic death of Brian Foya, the Zonal Secretary of Southern Zone of the Africa Scout Region. Brian was for a long time working with the Zimbabwe Scout Association as Executive Commissioner before being seconded last October to assist the Namibia Scout Association.
Brian met his death on Friday 4th of April in a car accident while travelling to the north of Namibia to conduct a training course. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Brian's family and friends at this difficult time. From all of us at the Regional office here in Nairobi, and our colleagues in the Southern Zone who had the opportunity to work with Brian, we feel the loss deeply. In his death, we celebrate his life, and especially his long and selfless service to Scouting in the Southern Zone where he served as Zonal Secretary. We ask the almighty God to rest his soul in peace, together with all other Scouts and Scouters who have gone before him.
A scout leader from Benin
We regret to announce the passing away of George Agbo-Ola of Benin. George
spent the most part of his life in Scouting, from being a young Scout, to a
Scout Leader, and a National Training Commissioner. He was also the first Programme
and Training Executive for the Africa Regional Office when it was in Lagos,
Nigeria. He retired in 1981 from the World Scout Bureau. He was in charge of
the Francophone part of the Africa Region and trained
generations of Scout Leaders.
He will be remembered in Scout training circles in Africa. May his soul rest in peace.
Article by WORLDinfo - 31st March
These are days of great international tension and the Steering Committee of the World Scout Committee, at its recent meeting in Geneva, considered Scouting's role in the present situation. Their message focuses on Baden-Powell's thoughts about peace, and the new edition of the Bureau's publication "Scouting and Peace", which can now be downloaded at:
to reflect World Scout Strategy
World Scout Bureau staff members from the world office and all regions met in Geneva in March for a Staff Management Conference. It included detailed work on the Strategy for Scouting, and the identification of ways to increase the interaction among world, regional and national bodies.
Each region made a presentation of their current situation in relation to the World Scout Strategy. The Africa Presentation focussed on the progress in the implementation of the 10 Year development plan. It also endeavoured to make a comparative analysis between the content of the regional plan and the world strategy. Out of that comparison, it was suggested that some slight amendment will be proposed to align the 10 Year development plan to the World Strategy which was approved by the 36th World Scout Conference in Greece.
The forthcoming Africa Staff Management Conference to be held in May in Kenya
will spend time discussing the necessary adjustments to the 10 Year development
plan to align it to the World Scout Strategy. The proposed adjustments will
then be presented to the Africa Scout Committee which will be meeting in Nairobi
in October 2003. The decision made by the committee will then be presented to
the 12th Africa Scout Conference in Mauritius in 2004.
in support of Scouting in Africa
Due to high communication costs across Africa, the Africa Regional Office has been incurring high costs in sending literature and other support materials to National Scout Associations in Africa.
In an effort to address this problem, the Africa Regional Office has initiated
a process of seeking partnerships with African diplomatic missions based in
Nairobi representing countries whose National Scout Associations are members
of the World Association of the Scout Movement.
In this initiative, the Office is seeking assistance from the diplomatic missions
to occasionally send out Scout literature, training materials and other Scout
equipment to National Scout associations, either through their diplomatic bags
or through their intervention, use their national airlines that connect Nairobi
and their respective cities back home.
Already, the first three meetings between the Regional Director, Kinuthia Murugu
and the respective diplomatic representatives have been successful. At the Consulate
of Madagascar in Nairobi, the Consular, Mr. Abel Rakotomalala has intervened
with Air Madagascar who have agreed to airlift scout material from Nairobi to
Madagascar whenever such a request is made by this office.
At the Mozambique High Commission, the High Commissioner, Mr. Gerald Nanashulua
has accepted to help in sending Scout literature to Mozambique occasionally
whenever need arises.
Possible assistance has also been explored with his excellency, Mr. Seth Kamanzi, Rwanda's Ambassador to Kenya. Other positive responses have been received from the the Embassy of Uganda in Kenya as well as from Air Mauritius' Regional office for East and West Africa based in Nairobi. The intention is to approach all African diplomatic missions in Nairobi.
a promising future
From 17th to 21st February 2003, the Africa Regional office organised and hosted a seminar on 'Scouting in Schools'held in Kenya.
The objective of the seminar was to come up with ways to boost Scouting within the school system in Africa. A total of 16 participants from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa National Scout Associations took part, including representatives from the Ministry of Education in Kenya.
At the end of the seminar, participants produced draft working tools: a draft model letter of approach to the Ministries of Education, a model Memorandum of Understanding between individual National Scout Associations/Organisations and their ministries of Education, and a curriculum to be used at the Teacher Training Colleges for leadership training.
The seminar report has been shared with all participants.
renews partnership with Africa Scout Region
Norwegian Guide and Scout Association (NSF) has extended its support to the Africa Regional office to continue funding a management training programme facilitated by the Africa Regional Office to National Scout Associations in Africa. This is part of the Region¹s strategy in supporting the management of NSAs in the region. The agreement to extend this support was signed in Oslo, Norway between NSF and Africa Regional Office which was represented by Gathogo Ngugi, Director in charge of Community Development and Special Projects. NSF was represented by Mr. Tore Torstad, the Secretary General and Bodil T. Day the International Secretary.
With Scouting Nederland
In the recently held North/South Network meeting in March 2003, a new partnership was signed between South Africa Scout Association and Scouting Nederland. The Chief Scout of South Africa, Nkwekwe Nkomo, who is also the Vice-chairman of Africa Scout Committee represented the South Africa Scout Association in signing the agreement.
The meeting brought together over 30 participants from Scout Associations in the North and in the South and was hosted by Scouting Nederland in the Hague from 14th to 16th March 2003.
From the Africa Regional Office, the Regional Director, Kinuthia Murugu attended the meeting, accompanied by Gathogo Ngugi, the Director in charge of Community Development and Special Projects.
Increasingly, the Africa Scout Day is gaining popularity across the region, with most National Scout Associations attracting press coverage and government's support and presence during the event.
In Ghana, the event coincided with a zonal conference for the English speaking
associations of western Africa which was hosted in Accra by Ghana Scout Association.
Countries represented in the celebrations included Benin,
Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo.
Reports from Ghana say that the event was colourful and attracted press coverage. Lamine Diawara, Director of Dakar Operations Centre of the Africa Regional Office, who was in Accra at the time for the conference appeared on TV together with the Chief Commissioner of Ghana to popularise the event. This was followed by a series of scout activities and discussions which centred on youth involvement, Scouts' role in fighting the spread of HIV/Aids and volunteerism.
In Gabon, celebrations kicked off on Friday 14th March and ended on Sunday,
16th March. Activities included a televised speech by the Minister of Youth
and Sports which centred on the role of Scouting in the promotion of Peace in
society. A conference was held with the theme of "The Role of Scouting
in the Youth's Civic Education." There was an ecumenical worship and presentation
of beads to Scout Leaders at the Cathedrale Sainte Marie. Arthur Siahon, the
Secretary General of Federation Gabonaise du Scoutisme reports that the events
were attended by large numbers of scouts, non scouts and the media, and enjoyed
considerable media coverage.
The Regional office continues to receive reports from National Scout Associations of the various celebrations that took place around the 13th of March marking the Africa Scout day.
Zambia will host the Southern Zone Annual conference between 25th and 27th April.
Youth programme handbook workshop
This will be followed immediately by a Youth programme workshop based on a handbook that has been produced by the Interamerican scout region. Facilitators will be from the Geneva Central Office, the Interamerican Scout Regional Office and the Africa Scout Regional Office.
Planning and management workshop
Africa SMC and staff Management Workshop
Africa SMC will focus mainly on realigning the 10 Year Development Plan to reflect the World Scout Strategy. Besides, the SMC will also plan for activities for the coming year. This will be followed by a staff management workshop which will be facilitated by Dr. Effendy, Director of Adult Resources in Geneva Central Office.
A national Jamboree will be held between 3rd and 9th August 2003. The event is open to Scouts aged 11 - 16 years. The venue is Belle-Mare Beach in Mauritius. The theme is "Share our Cultures." and the participation fee is 100 US Dollars excluding transport from home country to Mauritius. Participants are asked to take with them camping gear and cooking utensils.
Tents will be provided. For further details, contact the International Commissioner, Bruno Rosette or the Chief Commissioner, Jose Nanette.
The event is called 9th Nippon Agoonoreee and will bring together scouts with special needs and aged between 12 and 18 years. It will take place between 31st July and 4th August 2003. About 1,000 participants are expected from all over Japan and another 200 from the rest of the world. The theme is "For bigger dream and wider circle of friendship" and will be held in Suzu city, about 430 km north-east of Osaka in Japan. Further details, contact: Yoritake Matsudaira, International Commissioner.
For the 70th anniversary of Scouting in Tunisia, 2 postal stamps were issued as well as a special envelop commemorating the occasion. Great for all Scouts, especially the philatelist.
The World moot will take place in Taiwan from July 30th to August 9th 2004.
The Geneva central office has sent out information and application forms for
this event which is open to all Rovers and young scout leaders in the age group
of 18 to 26 years.