News from the Africa Scout Region
a forthcoming seminar in Kenya
From 1st to 6th June 2003, the Africa Regional Scout Office will host a Seminar on Children in Especially Difficult Circumstances (CEDC) for participants from six Scout Associations: Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia and Uganda. The seminar has been made possible through financial support from the Schneider Foundation of France.
The main objective of the Seminar is to expand the approach of the Kenya Scouts Association¹s Extension Scouting Programme to the other Associations as a Promising Practice. Although individual National Scout Associations have designed and implemented national projects aimed at reaching out to CEDCs with varying degrees of success, Kenya Scouts Association has made considerable progress on this front having reached out to an estimated 1,200 street children and formed them into 26 scout groups across the country, and their experiences can be replicated in other countries.
The participants will have a chance to visit some of the units run by ESP around Nairobi, talk to the children and their caretakers and see what projects they are engaged in to sustain themselves.
It is the expected that at the end of the Seminar, the participants will have identified strategies and ways in which they can address the needs of disadvantaged children in their own countries through the Scout Method. Apart from participants from the Scout Associations, representatives from other NGOs dealing with Children in Difficult Circumstances have also been invited to give their inputs on this topic.
Three members of the WOSM's Ticket to Life Network; Dominique Benard (Geneva),
Perrine Leroy (France) and Ermanno Ripamonti (Italy) will facilitate sessions
during the Seminar.
and other garments to needy children in Africa
The Scout Association has donated a container load of Scout uniforms and other clothing to the World Scout Bureau, Africa Regional Office, to be distributed to needy Scouts in the region.
The Regional Office has started distributing the clothes in a planned manner to needy Scout groups such as street children Scout units and children in rehabilitation homes.
For instance, on 6th May, through Kenya Scout Association's extension programme, 13 Scout units made up of children from disadvantaged backgrounds (slums, streets, children orphanage etc.) received a total of 260 assorted garments, presented by Kinuthia Murugu, Regional Director. The colourful presentation ceremony was held at the Rowallan Camp, the headquarters of the Kenya Scouts Association.
Together with the container load of clothes, the Scout Association also donated four computers out of which one has already been sent to Goma Scouts in Democratic Republic of Congo. Goma Scouts suffered a total loss of their Scout centre last year after it was consumed by hot lava from a raging volcanic eruption.
thanks to a donation of tents from Scouts Canada
While Scouts love and often go camping, Scouts in Africa often encounter one major drawback in their quest for outdoor activities; lack of camping equipment, especially tents. Tents are expensive, and often not easily available in Africa. Fortunately, many Scout Associations in the region will soon minimise this problem, when the regional office in Nairobi eventually distributes some tents, thanks to Scouts Canada.
Through their International Relations Committee, Scouts Canada has sent a container load of tents to the Africa Regional Office in Nairobi to be distributed to needy National Scout Associations in the region.
Expressing his gratitude upon receiving the tents, Kinuthia Murugu, the Regional
Director wrote to Scouts Canada: "The tents will be of immense value in
enabling Scouts in Africa carry out outdoor activities." Scouts Canada
have over time, continued to render substantial support in many ways, to Scouting
focus of this year's Southern Africa's annual Zonal Conference
Roll back Malaria was the theme of this year's annual zonal conference of the Southern zone of the Africa Scout Region held between 25th and 27th April in Lusaka, Zambia. Ten countries of the Southern zone attended. Each year, the conference highlights on a certain technical theme such as HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, leadership, etc.
The National Malaria Control Centre in Lusaka participated in the conference, made a presentation, and discussed how Scouts and Guides could participate in the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) effort, both in Zambia, as well as in the entire region.
During the conference, South Africa Scout Association donated two modems to each NSA in the Southern Zone to facilitate Internet connectivity. Each of the Southern Zone countries has at least one computer in their headquarters, having been donated through a project funded by Scouts Canada. Kinuthia Murugu also announced that each of the countries would receive ten tents from the Regional Office in Nairobi which have been donated by Scouts Canada.
He also urged them to continue soliciting for air time from both their public and community radio stations to broadcast Scout radio programmes which the Regional Office distributes to National Scout Associations free of charge.
The next annual conference in 2004 will be hosted by Angola Scout Association.
to plan for the next three years, and to learn new management skills
The annual Staff Management Conference (SMC) for Africa took place between 10th and 14th May in Embu, Kenya. All executive staff from Nairobi, Cape Town and Dakar attended. From Geneva, Luc Panissod, the Deputy Secretary General in charge of Finance and Administration, as well as desk correspondent for Africa attended. Mr. Jeremy Naivasha, the Regional Treasurer attended the budgeting session. He also made a very incisive and thought provoking presentation on the role of volunteers and suggested a number of action steps to improve their effectiveness and enhance their relationship with the professionals.
The SMC commenced with a review of the situation in the region, including a more detailed analysis of each National Scout Association (NSA). This was based on a questionnaire distributed earlier to NSAs and information later compiled for easy comparison and analysis. Time was devoted to discuss WOSM's strategic priorities and new structures that will be required to meet them. Mr. Panissod made a presentation on the work stream way of working between professionals and volunteers. The SMC also spent time amending the 10 Year development plan for Africa, to encompass the world strategic priorities. The proposed amendments will be presented to the Africa Scout Committee in October this year when they meet in Nairobi.
Immediately after the SMC on 14th May, Dr. Effendy, the Director of Adult Resources in World Scout Bureau in Geneva arrived to facilitate a course in Management. The aim to the course was to prepare executives for the challenges in the knowledge based economy and to keep them abreast of contemporary issues effecting their working environments, as viewed from the Scouting perspectives.
The four days course was learner-centred, allowing the participants to engage actively in the learning process by sharing of experiences, expertise and challenging assumptions and status quo. The executives were exposed to five learning modules: Managing change, relationships, learning, performance and voluntary leadership. At the end of the course, all participants agreed that the experience was enriching, inspiring, challenging and informative.
In June, executives from the Africa Regional Office will make field visits to the National Scout Associations in Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, and Eritrea.
A Training of Trainers Workshop will be held in Tanzania.