News from the Africa Scout Region
Ends on a successful note
The 12th Africa Scout Conference has just ended. It has made history as the best attended Africa Scout Conference so far, in terms of representation of member NSAs in Africa. Out of the current 35 Member National Scout Associations in the region, 32 attended with the exception of Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Liberia. The entire participants numbered close to 200 representing 56 countries and organisations.
Also present were the Chairman of the World Scout Committee, Dr. Correa, Secretary General of WOSM Dr. Eduardo Missioni, Members of the World Scout Commitee; Anna Puibello, Zanoline Gualtiero and Phillipe Da Costa. Regional directors for Arab Scout Region and Asia Pacific Scout Region, Fawzi Farghali and Abdulla Rasheed respectively also attended and delivered messages of support from their regions.
A team from Geneva Central Office made up of the Deputy Secretary General, Luc Panissod, Director incharge of Strategy, Anne Whiteford and Nicola Gooderson, Project officer for the 2007 Centenary also attended and made important contributions to the Conference.
The participants expressed satisfaction with the organisation of the conference in terms of programme, venue and accommodation. The Mauritius Scout Association put up a fantastic show of organisation with colourful opening and closing ceremonies, during which their multicultural heritage was displayed.
The president of the country, Sir Anerood Jugnauth and the First Lady graced the opening ceremony, and also hosted Dr. Christian Jacobs for a brief meeting before he proceeded to the Conference to announce the grant from the Jacobs Foundation to the Africa Scout Region.
The 13th Africa Scout Conference will be hosted by the Rwanda Scout Association in 2007
From the Jacobs Foundation
A major highlight of the Africa Conference was the announcement of a US$1 million grant from the Jacobs Foundation to the region for leadership development under the project title: Developing Young Leaders, assuring Africa's future. This will be implemented within the framework of the 10 year development plan for Scouting in Africa.
Through this project, the Africa Scout Region will enhance its capacity to
empower young people to participate in national development and thereby bring
about positive change to their lives and that of their communities.
Among the issues to be addressed include how to integrate young people into the fight against HIV/AIDS, promoting peaceful coexistence, and participating in decision-making processes.
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After the 36th World Conference which adopted the World Scout Strategy, it became apparent that the Africa Plan had to be amended to be in harmony with the World Strategy, to enable the members in the region to implement the contents of both strategies. Since 2002, a lot of work was done by the regional office to harmonise the two strategies. The amended Plan was then presented to the Africa Scout Committee at their annual meeting in Nairobi in 2003 which they discussed, made their input and approved the amended draft. On presentation to the Conference in Mauritius, the amended plan was ratified and will form the basis of the activities in the region in its new form.
The constitution of the Africa Scout Region requires that four members of the Africa Scout Committee retire by rotation at every Scout Conference and be replaced by another four through an election.
In the conference, those who were scheduled to retire from the Committee after a two term of service were, Nkwekwe Nkomo from South Africa who was also the Vice Chairman of the committee, Prof. Stephen Chandiwana of Zimbabwe, Dr. Doumbia from Côte D'Ivoire and Pape Mbodj of Senegal who was also the Chairman of the Committee.
They were replaced by Christopher Mbanga, Chief Scout of the Boy Scouts Association
of Zimbabwe; Rui Luis Falcão Pinto de Andrade, National Commissioner
of the Scout Association of Angola; Blaguet Marcel, Chief Commissioner of the
Catholic Scouts of Côte D'Ivoire; and Alieu Njai, Chief Scout Commissioner
of The Gambia Scout Association.
Jos Nannette, Chief Commissioner of the Mauritius Scout Association was elected the Chairman, while Victoria Nalongo of Uganda Scout Association became the Vice Chairperson.
At the same time, Mr. Abdourahamne Sow of Senegal, and current chairman of the World Scout Parliamentary Union was elected the Chairman of the Board of the Africa Scout Foundation.
For invaluable support to Scouting
The Africa Scout Conference awarded the Africa Elephant to Scout Leaders who have rendered exceptional support to Scouting in Africa. The following scout leaders joined the list of Africa Elephant award holders:
JEAN-MARIE SCHILTZ, Belgium
Honorary International Commissioner, Burundi Scouts Association and
Vice-Chairman, COFRASL (Confederation Francaise dAssociations Laics).
He has supported various scout projects in Africa, and especially Burundi
Scout Association where he has always helped them mobilise resources.
JEAN PIERRE MENGWANG ME NGYEMA, Former Minister of interior, Gabon
Hon. Mengwang has held a variety of positions in public life and was until
recently the Interior Minister in Gabon. He was instrumental in organising
the 11th Africa Scout Conference. He is also a founder member of the Africa
DR. ALFRED BUREGEYA (PhD), Rwanda
He served Scouting in Rwanda in various capacities ending up as the Chief
Commissioner. He is also a leader trainer. He was a member of the World
Programme Committee and past Chairman of Africa Programme subcommittee.
Between 1994-s1996 he was the co-ordinator of Rwanda Scouts in Refugee camps
in Zaire, now Democratic Republic of Congo and also in Tanzania. Dr.
Buregeya is a lecturer at the University of Nairobi in Kenya.
FAWZI MAHAMOUD FARGHALY, Regional Director, Arab Scout Region
Fawzi has been decorated by many Scouts Organisations and is a holder of the
Bronze Wolf, the highest award of World Scouting. Fawzi has been a keen
supporter of Africa-Arab Co-operation. He supported meetings of the
Africa-Arab Scout officials which discussed co-operation of the two regions.
He has over the years supported Africa Scouts to attend Scout events and
gatherings organised by the Arab Region.
Mrs. THERESE TADEBOIS, Mauritius
Mrs Therese is a retired teacher/College Director. She was born in 1930 and
joined Scouting in 1953. She was the first lady Scout Leader in Mauritius to
attain her wood badge from Gilwell Park, UK. She has contributed to the
training of hundreds of Scout trainers in Mauritius. She has also attended
numerous regional and international Scout events including World Scout
KO YOSHIDA, Japan
Ko Yoshida has served for long in the Scout Association of Japan. He has
been a strong supporter of Scouting in Africa. He has been instrumental in
donating two vehicles to the Africa Regional Office, and is currently
working on a third one. He is a member of the Africa Scout Foundation. He
has also rendered support to Scouting at various levels internationally.
RENE SIBOMANA, Rwanda
René held various positions in Rwanda Scout Association, the last one being
that of Chief Commissioner. He was the key convener of the Kigali Forum,
which was the forerunner of the Marrakech Symposium which developed the
Marrakech Charter. He has authored a number of publications. He is also a
holder of the Bronze Wolf the highest Award in World Scouting.
The Africa Elephant Award was established in 1982. It is the highest and
only Award given by the Africa Scout Committee. It is awarded at the sole
discretion of the Committee upon due nomination and recommendation of
Honours and Awards subcommittee. The Award is given to an individual who
has rendered outstanding service to Scouting in Africa.
The 3rd Africa Youth Forum was held just before the 12th Africa Scout Conference, and was also hosted by the Mauritius Scout Association. The Government of Mauritius met the cost of the conference venue and accommodation by giving out for use the Ase Le Re Youth Centre for the event. It is a beautiful beach front facility with adequate meeting, accommodation and recreational facilities. A total of 46 youth attended the Forum thanks to the generous sponsorships from Luxembourgh Scout Federation that met the cost for participants from 13 countries, one country was suppored by Norway, two by Sweden and one by The Scout Association of UK. Francophonie also sponsored five countries.
The Forum focussed on topical issues facing the youth today, with a major concentration on the WOSM strategy on Youth Involvement. Other topics that formed the programme included, HIV/AIDS and the role of youth in Africa and Reaching out to young people in difficult circumstances.
To ensure that young people are more involved in decision making, most of the
Forum participants were also official delegates of their NSAs to the Conference.
Time was therefore spent during the Forum familiarising them with the Conference
rules and regulations and preparing them to be effective delegates to the Conference.
At the End of the Forum, a list of recommendations was drawn and presented to
the Conference, which were adopted by a resolution. They will therefore
form part of the Conference official proceedings.
This Award to honour the outstanding scout of the year in the region was introduced by the Africa Scout Committee at the request of the 11th Africa Scout Conference. It was launched at the just concluded Conference. The first recipient of the youth award is Prosper Icoyyitungiye of Burundi Scout Association.
He is an 18 year old Scout, and holds a certificate in Humanity and modern
literature. At his age, he has made remarkable contribution to the Burundi Scout
association by founding a parents committee for his group; creating two
scout groups in his region and by consistently living his life
based on the Scout Law and Promise thereby being a role model. Due to his contribution, he has recently been appointed the spokesman for Scouts in his province. He is a member of the Human Rights League.
Call for participation
UNEP is organising the first ever Childrens World Summit for the Environment in Japan from 26th to 29th July 2005 in conjunction with Expo 2005. The summit will help to increase childrens understanding of environmental issues by letting them share experiences and opinions, and giving them an opportunity to collectively voice their concerns for the environment and inspire them to initiate and implement community environmental projects.
Interested children can make application either through their schools or community group. They must be between the ages of 10 and 14 on the 26th of July 2005, and they have to be accompanied by an adult for the summit.
Scout groups all over Africa have been involved at various levels in environmental care from planting trees, keeping the environment clean, to sensitising the communities on the need for environmental management.
The Africa Regional Office would like to urge National Scout Associations with successful environmental projects to apply for participation to this summit, not only to share their experiences, but also to learn how they can improve on their projects.
The World Organisation of the Scout Movement, together with UNEP recently signed a memorandum of understanding which serves as a mark of recognition by UNEP of the long-time, world wide work of Scouts in the field of environmental education and protection.
Partnership projects between UNEP and Scouting span many years. The new agreement will serve as a strong foundation upon which to strengthen the relationship between the two world bodies in their environmental initiatives.
On the basis of this new partnership, successful applicants to this forthcoming summit stand a chance of getting a travel grant from UNEP for the summit.
The application deadline is November 15th 2004. Applicants will be notified in February 2005 whether their applications have been successful or not.
There are a designated number of delegates for each country.
Application forms can be downloaded from www.children-summit.jp