News from the Africa Scout Region
of the Jacobs Leadership Project
All the six national Scout Associations in the first phase of the Jacobs
leadership project have now completed their detailed implementation plans
and have embarked on the actual implementation that will last one year.
The Leadership project is driven by four main objectives: to strengthen the
institutional capacity within the association, to provide appropriate
leadership and management raining in the association, to provide appropriate
leadership training for volunteer adult scout leaders, and scout leaders and
to increase the number of scouts through more positive visibility and a more
diversified, relevant and attractive youth programme.
In order to come up with a DIP, each national Scout Association, with the
support of the Africa Regional Office organised a three day workshop where
the top leaders of the association discussed and agreed on the plan.
This was preceded, in all cases, by a needs assessment of the association,
using the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis
Based on this, each association has then come up with activities to be
undertaken to fulfil the above mentioned objectives within the framework of
the SWOT analysis.
For each of the objectives, each association has enumerated activities to
carry out. on the objective of strengthening the institutional capacity
within the association, actions range from purchasing office equipment,
especially modern information technology tools such as computers, copiers
and video and photo cameras to repair of existing buildings.
In order to provide appropriate leadership and management training in the
association, associations plan to organise various levels of management
seminars for different levels of leaders in the association.
In an effort to provide appropriate leadership training for volunteer adult
scout leaders and scout leaders, associations plan to have training
workshops ranging from introductory courses, through unit leader training to
assistant leader and leader training.
To increase the number of scouts through more positive visibility and a more
diversified, relevant and attractive youth programme, activities range from
using the Africa scout radio programmes to broadcast in their home
countries, to producing newsletters, websites and undertaking community
projects that help to improve lives while using such forums to raise the
profile of Scouting.
Each association has appointed a project co-ordinator to oversee the
implementation of the detailed plan. The Africa Regional Office has
appointed a desk officer to co-ordinate the documentation and reporting of
Youth Leadership Workshop and Zonal Conference
The above workshop is scheduled for the countries of the southern Africa,
and will take place in Lesotho from 24th to 29th April. participants should
be scouts who have obtained their Preliminary Training Course and who have
shown leadership potential. they should be aged 18 to 30 years. World Scout
Bureau staff from the Africa Regional office, together with Dr. Effendy, the
Director of Adult Resources in Geneva Central Office will facilitate the
Workshop. The workshop is in line with the strategic priorities of youth
involvement and adolescents.
The 32nd Southern Zone Conference will also take place in Lesotho
immediately after the Youth Leadership workshop. It is planned that most
young participants in the youth workshop will also be delegates at the zonal
conference. it will take place from 29th April to 2nd May.
About 1500 scouts in Luanda Angola are working with the Ministry of Health,
with the support on UNICEF in informing people about the Marburg hemorrhagic
In a press release sent out by UNICEF Angola on April 15th, a total of 23
groups composed of forty to sixty scouts were scheduled to go round the city
centre of Luanda, Cacuaco and Viana, stand at strategic points such as
traffic lights and cross roads distributing brochures containing critical
information on what the epidemic is, how it spreads and what can be done to
avoid becoming infected.
The young scouts were also expected to pay door to door visits in different
neighbourhoods as well as visit most popular beaches to ensure they reach a
maximum of people.
According to Celso Malavoloneke, UNICEF's communication officer and also the
international commissioner of Angola Scout Association, there are plans to
conduct in-depth training for the scouts so that "they can further interact
with the people they reach and if needed, provide clarifications on the
Mr. Belinga, member of the Africa Scout Committee serving for the second
term, and also the Chief Scout of Cameroon Scout Association went home on
Maonday 18th April after a long illness. Mr. Belinga was elected as a member
of the Africa Scout Committee in Libreville, Gabon during the 11th Africa
Scout Conference and also attended the last World Conference in
Thessaloniki. He was unable to attend the last Africa Scout Conference in
Mauritius due to poor health.
On sending out the sad news of his departure, the Africa Regional Office has
started receiving, on behalf of the Africa Scout Committee, messages of
sympathy from various associations and individuals from Africa and beyond.
The Africa Scout Committee, the Africa Regional Office, on behalf of the
Scout fraternity in Africa, joins the national scout association of Cameroon
and the family of Mr. Belinga in prayers during this difficult time.
Africa SMC: 22nd to 28th May
Management Training of Trainers Course for Eastern Africa; 30th May to 3rd