News from the Africa Scout Region
By The Scout Association for Africa
The Africa Network Scout Fellowship is a new initiative by The Scout Association, UK, in support of Scouting in Africa. In August, David Bull, the International Commissioner together with four other members of the Network visited the Africa Regional Office to discuss this new initiative and to explore ways and means of supporting various Scout activities in the region.
The Africa network is a forum where members of The Scout Association, with a specific interest in Africa, can share knowledge, ideas and experiences. It promotes the expansion of International Scouting, with a particular focus on building friendships in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa.
During the bilateral meeting in Nairobi, the members of the Network discussed with the team at the Africa Regional office and planned on ways of co-operation in areas such as fund-raising, information dissemination and capacity building.
A website for the forum is currently under construction at www.afrianetwork.org.uk
Look out for the in-flight Magazine: Msafiri
Kenya Airways in-flight magazine; Msafiri ( A Swahili word meaning the traveller) will from now on dedicate half a page for a Scout Story. This offer was officially communicated to the Africa Regional office in September.
Through this avenue, we hope to reach out to more friends and potential friends,
to inform, and seek support for Scout Projects in Africa. The offer is part
of an ongoing negotiation with Kenya Airways through their Corporate Communications
Director, Catherine Muigai, for a partnership between the Africa Regional Office
and Kenya Airways in support of Scouting. Msafiri is a quarterly magazine.
Recently, the community around Accra, the capital city of Ghana woke up to a unique community breakfast served by Ghana Scouts.
The event attracted crowds who not only enjoyed an elaborate breakfast, but also a variety of entertainment.
It was a fund raising event, open to all. It not only achieved this goal, but also raised the profile of Scouting in the society. The success of this unique event has encouraged the Scouts in that part of Africa to plan for many more in the future.
Bravo Ghana Scouts!
Scouts de Senegal held their 19th Annual General meeting between 12th and 15th September. Leopold Coly was re-elected as the Chief Commissioner.
The President of the Republic of Mozambique, His Excellency Joakim Chissano
has hailed the Scout Movement saying that "close co-operation and solidarity
among young people in Africa, inspired by the Scout Promise and Law is a guarantee
for peace, cohesion and solidarity for the future of the continent." The
president was speaking in his palace at a dinner immediately after the Africa
Union Heads of states summit in Maputo. During the dinner he also pledged his
government's support for the forthcoming 5th Africa Scout Jamboree in 2004 and
the 8th World Scout Moot in 2008 both to be hosted by the League of Scouts of
From South Africa Scout Association
The South African Scout Association (SASA) is offering old proficiency badges to any Scout Association that feels that they may be of good use. While the badges are free of charge, it is your responsibility to pay for postage / transporting costs.
If you are interested, wait no more, just contact them by email.