News from the Africa Scout Region
Numerous correspondences have gone out in the last few months regarding the Dakar youth forum on HIV/AIDS. By now, NSAs in Africa are expected to have identified their two young participants who will travel to Dakar for the forum between 22nd and 26th March 2004. The Forum will bring together young people from the seven largest World Youth Organisations to discuss the way forward in their joint fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa.
NSAs in Africa are asked to contact the Director of the Dakar Centre of the World Scout Bureau, Africa Africa Regional Office, Lamine Diawara to give details of their nominated participants.
Before going to Dakar, the seven youth organisations in each country are expected to hold a country meeting and come up with a joint action plan which they will present to the Forum.
The selected participant must be between 18 and 26 years of age, in possession of all required travel documents, must be a Scout registered with the National Scout Association, one who has been involved in HIV/AIDS awareness programmes in the Scout Association and should be committed to continue with this involvement after the Dakar Forum.
The World Scout Bureau, through the Secretary General has set aside funds to assist one participant in selected number of countries to travel to Dakar. Associations that will benefit from a free ticket each include; Uganda, South Africa, Benin, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Liberia, Gambia, Kenya, Zambia, Togo, Burkina Faso, Niger, Cote d'Ivore, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Chad, Gabon and Cape Verde.
NSAs are asked to endeavour for gender balance while nominating participants.
The Forum, organised by the WOSM and the Government of Senegal, together with
other partners will meet the cost of accommodation and meals while in Dakar.
Participants will also be provided with transport to and from the airport in
Dakar. However, the Forum will not meet expenses such as Visa fees, inoculation
costs, transport to and from airport in ones home country, airport taxes and
In our Idespatch in January we reported the elections of Uganda Scout Association which were held on 13th December 2003. In that report, we said that Hon, Manuel Pinto was elected Patron. The correct position is that Manual Pinto was in fact elected Chief Scout and not Patron. We regret this error in our reporting.
Immediate former Chairman of the Africa Scout Committee, Hon. Manuel Pinto has been awarded the Bronze World by the World Scout Committee. Pinto is currently the Chief Scout of the Uganda Scout Association.
The Guides and Scouts of Finland have pledged a further donation to the U Fund to support Scouting in Africa. Last year, they made another donation to the Fund. The Africa Regional Office which is managing this fund expresses gratitude to the Guides and Scouts of Finland for this continued support.
The UK Scout Association has generously decided to pay fees on behalf of deserving NSOs in the world to WOSM. In Africa, those who will benefit from this generous gesture include Swaziland, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Comoros, Liberia and Madagascar. This information was released to the Africa Regional office by Luc Panissod, Deputy Secretary General for Support and Communication at the World Scout Bureau in Geneva
A time to Celebrate Scouting
As Scouts all over the world prepare to mark the Founders day on the 22nd of February, the idespatch team based at the World Scout Bureau, Africa Regional Office in Nairobi takes this opportunity to send our warm greetings from Kenya during this build up period.
Most Scout groups organise activities throughout the week that will culminate with celebrations on 22nd February, 2002. Here in Kenya, Founder's day celebrations will climax with a huge parade and rally at Baden Powell's graveside and Memorial Park in Nyeri where thousands of Scouts and friends of Scouts will be expected to attend.
A time to Profile Scouting
As the Africa Scout Day nears, National Scout Association in Africa are making arrangements for the celebrations.
Although Africa Scout Day is celebrated annually on the 13th of March, most National Scouts Associations (NSAs) in Africa organise week long celebrations in the week of 13th March.
This day is an opportune moment for Scout Associations to profile the Movement at all levels from Regional, national to the grass roots. There is a lot that Scouts are doing to turn around their own lives and that of their communities, in many ways. The Scout method makes this contribution an everlasting impact as the young people learn by doing.
But a lot of these good stories still lie with the scout units, and the world does not know their impact in the community, and especially in Africa where Scouts are daily taking a big part in improving lives.
The movement does not have large amounts of resources to engage in mega campaigns on image and profile. However, opportunities like the Africa Scout day are excellent chances to gain mileage by way of profile raising. Scouts in Africa are urged to organise events at their level not just to attract publicity, but to showcase their contribution to society, and therein also raise publicity.
The iDespatch will be pleased to receive reports of such events organised to mark the Africa Scout Day across the Africa region.
By the World Bank
The World Bank Office in South Africa is calling for innovative projects on HIV/AIDS intervention for funding. Eligible countries include Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. The first step is to complete a one page form which can be downloaded from the bank's website. We believe that our different interventions in HIV/AIDS by Scout associations can qualify for funding.
We urge Scout Associations in the above mentioned countries to give it a try by embarking on the application procedure.
Also visit the website below for a more detailed account of the funding.
Founders' Day 22nd February
Mozambique - Commissioners' Workshop
Benin - Adult Resources Workshop (for West African countries)
Kenya & Zambia - Mid term evaluation for DANIDA sponsored projects.
Angola - Youth Programme Workshop
Mauritius - Leader Training Course
All over Africa - Africa Scout Day
Madagascar - Youth Programme Workshop
Nigeria - Planning Workshop and AGM
Senegal - Pan African Youth Forum on HIV/AIDS
Lesotho - Youth Programme Development Workshop
Botswana - Management Workshop
Malawi - Adult Resources Workshop