News from the Africa Scout Region
As youth and the World Bank discuss development issues and the way forward.
The Scout Movement was represented by a young dynamic Scout, Ibrahim Kizito of Uganda in the just concluded two day working conference on Youth, Development and Peace in Paris, France. Kizito was also among the four young people who later accompanied the World Bank President to Dubai for the World Bank IMF annual meeting where he was given an opportunity to make a brief presentation on the objectives and recommendations of the Youth Development and Peace Conference in Paris.
The meeting's main focus was to discuss the role of young people in peace and development and to identify opportunities for further co-operation between youth organisations and the World Bank. Four priority areas were analysed for future collaboration during the various sessions and workshops: HIV/AIDS and risky behaviours, education, conflict prevention, and youth employment.
World Bank President, James Wolfenson who was at the meeting emphasised the
importance of young people as active participants in the development process.
He added that "the Bank is keen to deepen its engagement with youth organisations
and this conference is an important step along the way." The conference
was co-organised by the European Youth Forum (on behalf of the Regional Youth
Platforms) and the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (on behalf of the
At the invitation of the Africa Scout Committee
Dr. Moreillon, Secretary General of Wosm paid his last official visit to the Africa Regional Office in September, at the invitation of the Africa Scout Committee which was holding its annual meeting in Nairobi on the weekend of 20th and 21st September. Dr. Moreillon also fully participated in the meeting.
The meeting, was chaired by Pape Mbodj, in his capacity as Chairman of the Africa Scout Committee. All members attended except two. The meeting deliberated on the proposed amendments to the 10 Year development Plan in line with the World Strategy. Other issues that formed the agenda included on going programmes at the Africa Regional Office such as the Africa Scout Radio, the U Fund, Scouting in schools, the Africa Scout Foundation, the 2007 preparations in the region, partnership programmes among others.
The Chief Commissioner of Mauritius Scout Association, Jos Nanette who is also a member of the Africa Scout Committee updated the committee on the preparations for the forthcoming 12th Africa Scout Conference in Mauritius in 2004.
Dr. Moreillon also took time to hold meetings with the Kenyan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka. He also had a meeting with the UNEP representatives including the Deputy Executive Director of UNEP with whom they discussed areas of co-operation between UNEP and Wosm. He also met the Kenya chapter of the Joint initiative of the Big 7 whom he briefed on ongoing fund-raising initiatives at the global level. During his meetings, he was accompanied by the Regional Director, Kinuthia Murugu.
Dr. Moreillon also presided over the closing ceremony of the national ScoutCompetitions in Kenya who had put up spectacular activities. The occasion was also attended by the members of the Africa Scout Committee.
Before his scheduled retirement in May 2004, Dr. Moreillon will make another
official trip to Africa in March 2004 to attend the HIV/Aids conference in Senegal
that will be co-hosted by the Scouts of Senegal and the Government of Senegal.
18th to 19th October 2003
The Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI) as well as the 46th JOTA will be held on the weekend of 18th and 19th October. JOTA and JOTI are annual events that bring together hundreds of Scouts and Guides from all over the world. Both events will begin at 00.00 hours local time on Saturday 18th October and end after 48 hours on Sunday 24.00 hours local time.
For Scouts in Africa, we will appreciate to receive reports and photographs of these events.
Further details on JOTA are available at www.scout.org/jota
Further details on JOTI are available at www.scout.org/joti
To implement a Family life Education project
Rwanda Scout Association in collaboration with UNFPA has embarked on a Family life education project with special emphasis on Adolescent's Reproductive Health and HIV/Aids awareness education. The project will be carried out in three provinces of Rwanda (Umutara, Cyangugu and Gisenyi) and will last up to 2006.
UNFPA has been a long time partner of Scout projects in Africa.
The President of Senegal, H.E. Abdoulaye Wade, and the Chairman of the World Scout Committee, Dr. Marie-Louise Correa (Senegal) have created the Panafrican Youth Forum on "AIDS: a matter of education", to be held in Dakar, Senegal, 22-26 March 2004. The government of Senegal will host young representatives from all countries on the African continent who are members WOSM, WAGGGS, YMCA, YWCA, Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, International Award Association, and the International Youth Foundation. In addition, representatives of many national and international organizations involved in AIDS education are being invited.
"AIDS is a threat to everyone, and our Scouts can and must contribute to fighting this evil amongst the young generation through our own specific educational method," explained Dr. Correa. "Other youth movements have a similar capacity and duty, through peer education, to bring their own contribution to what Nelson Mandela has called the global war against AIDS."
For more details, visit:www.scout.org/wse/dakar/aidsforum_e.pdf
Arabic version: www.scout.org/wse/dakar/aidsforum_a.pdf
(Reported by WORLDinfo - October issue)
For his Scouting work.
Jørgen G. Rasmussen, who has held many national and international positions in Scouting, was made "Knight of the Order of Dannebrog" for his service to the education of young people through Scouting. Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II conferred the honour recently at the Royal Palace in Copenhagen. Jørgen is a good friend of Scouting in Africa. He is currently an Associate Board member of the Africa Scout Foundation and Elephant Award Holder. From Africa, its bravo to Jørgen! We are happy to be associated with your honour!