News from the Africa Scout Region
The dates for the 12th Africa Scout Conference are nearing. As the organising committee continue to get registration and reservations, there are still those who are planning to travel to the conference and have not started this crucial process.
It is important to keep in mind that last minute preparations can be frustrating, and it is therefore advisable to start early. This update highlights the important preparations that those planning to attend the conference should accomplish as soon as possible.
Air Mauritius is giving a 20% discount for Conference participants on all direct routes from African airports to Mauritius, Geneva, London and Hong Kong. Those planning to use these routes are urged to make their reservations early to benefit from the discount.
To establish if you need a Visa to enter Mauritius from your country, as well as a yellow fever certificate, please visit the Conference site where the different requirements for different countries are listed: www.angelfire.com/nj/mauscout/12ASConf.html
A list of hotels and other accommodation facilities are available at the above site, with all details about reservation and costs. As some of them require early reservation, participants are advised to make early bookings.
More details about the conference www.angelfire.com/nj/mauscout/12ASConf.html
Dr. Eduardo Missoni, WOSM Secretary General will make his first trip to the Africa Regional Office between 6th and 10th July 2004. Dr Missoni will be on a familiarisation tour which will comprise of meeting the staff of the World Scout Bureau, Africa Regional Office, a meeting with the UN officials in Nairobi with whom the Regional Office has had on going partnerships, a meeting with the staff and volunteers of the Kenya Scout Association, a tour of the Baden Powell resting place and Paxtu in Nyeri and a visit to a local scout group in Kenya.
During his visit, Dr. Missoni is also scheduled to meet the top leadership of the Kenya Scout Association, including the Patron, His Excellency the President of Kenya, Honourable Mwai Kibaki at State House Nairobi. During his mission in Nairobi, Dr. Missoni will be accompanied for the visits outside the regional office by the Regional Director, Kinuthia Murugu.
AFRICA YOUTH FORUM IN MAURITIUS
The Youth Forum will take place between 31st August to 3rd September in Mauritius. The government of Mauritius has extended support to the Forum through Mauritius Scout Association by offering a greatly subsidized venue and accommodation for the forum participants. However, participants will pay a minimal fee for their meals whenever they take them at the accommodation venue. At the same time, several National Scout Associations have received support to send participants to the Youth Forum. Luxembourg Scout Association will pay for participants from Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, DR Congo, Cote d'Ivore, Ethiopia, Gambia, Kenya, Liberia, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, and Togo. Francophone has extended support to Chad, Comoros, Madagascar Central Africa Republic and Benin. Swedish Scouts and Guides Association will support Zimbabwe and Malawi while the UK Scout Association will support Tanzania.
CAIRO YOUTH GATHERING FOR CULTURAL EXCHANGE
The Arab Regional Office will be hosting the annual youth gathering, in co-operation with UNESCO in Cairo, Egypt from 1st to September 2004. It will bring together young people from diverse backgrounds to share experiences and cultures. The Africa Scout region has received financial support to enable young scouts attend the event. National Scout Associations that will benefit from this support include, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
LIBYA - 26TH ARAB AFRICA JAMBOREE IN LIBYA
The Scout and Guides Movement of Libya have extended invitation to National Scout Associations in the Africa Region to send a patrol of boys aged between 12 and 14 to the their 26th Arab Africa Jamboree to be held in Juddaim, 30 km west of Tripoli between 1st and 10th August 2004. At the same time, Libya will meet the cost of travel for participants from the following National Scout Associations in Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivore, Chad, Gabon, Gambia, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Mali.
12th WORLD SCOUT MOOT
The moot will be held in Taiwan between 29th July to 10th August. It is expected to bring together more than 6000 rovers and young leaders from all over the world. the theme of the moot is "Scouting - Unlimited challenges." The following African associations have received financial support to send participants to the moot through Operation Taroko: Benin, Ghana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Togo, and the Africa Regional Office.
The East African countries are organising the first East African Rover moot with the theme, Youth for Peace. It will be held in Jinja, Uganda from 14th to 17th October. Participation fee is 100 US$ for international participants and 50 US$ for African scouts. Scouts between 18 and 30 years are eligible to attend.
The Scout Association in Guinea Conakry is being assisted by the Africa Regional Office to prepare for WOSM recognition. Recently, Lamine Diawara of the Regional Office was on mission in that country and found out that the scouts at the grassroots are involved in some promising activities. Among them was a programme of promoting basic health in the community. Lamine particularly noted a programme that is being carried out in a local educational centre for orphans, where scouts have started a scout unit.
A 14 year old girl, Ousseina Issoufou of the Niger Scout Association is a peer educator in HIV/AIDS. She shared the experiences of the scouts in Niger on their ongoing HIV/AIDS awareness at the March Pan African Forum on HIV/AIDS education in Dakar. She has thereafter been nominated by UNICEF to represent the youth of Niger at the annual UNICEF Conference in New York, to make a presentation on the youth involvement in development issues in her country, from her experiences in the Scout Movement.
Scouts in Niger are actively involved in development activities in collaboration with various development agencies. Some of their programmes include oral health care, tree planting, and sensitising the community on malaria prevention.
The Zambia Scout Association will invest their Patron, who is also the president of that republic in July, at a date to be set in consultation with the office of the President, His Excellency President Mwanawasa.