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News from the Africa Scout Region


September 2005 Issue 48

IN THIS ISSUE

  1. 5TH AFRICA SCOUT JAMBOREE SCHEDULED FOR MOZAMBIQUE IS POSTPONED
  2. THREE SCOUT ASSOCIATIONS FROM AFRICA ARE RECOGNISED AT THE 37TH WORLD SCOUT CONFERENCE
  3. NKWENKWE NKOMO, IMMEDIATE FORMER CHIEF SCOUT OF SOUTH AFRICA IS ELECTED TO THE WORLD SCOUT COMMITTEE
  4. AFRICA SCOUT REGION TO MANAGE U FUND FOR ANOTHER THREE YEARS
  5. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AT THE WORLD SCOUT BUREAU, AFRICA REGIONAL OFFICE, SOUTHERN AFRICA OPERATIONS CENTRE
  6. PRESIDENT WADE OF SENEGAL IS THE NEW PATRON OF THE AFRICA SCOUT FOUNDATION

1. 5TH AFRICA SCOUT JAMBOREE SCHEDULED FOR MOZAMBIQUE IS POSTPONED

The League of Scout of Mozambique has announced the postponement of the 5th Africa Jamboree from this year, to mid next year. In an email correspondence released by LEMO on September 14, Leonardo Adamowicz, the
Chief Scout has cited low level of registration, as the main reason to post pone the event. Precise dates for the event will be communicated by LEMO in due course.

Details about the Jamboree can be found at:
www.scouting.org.za/africa/jamboree


2. THREE SCOUT ASSOCIATIONS FROM AFRICA ARE RECOGNISED AT THE 37TH WORLD SCOUT CONFERENCE

The Scout associations of Guinea Conakry and Malawi met the required criteria, and subsequently were admitted as members of WOSM during the just concluded 37th World Scout Conference. That brings the number of WOSM members in Africa to 37, leaving only nine countries as potential member countries.

It is the intention of the Africa Scout Region to deliver at least two members for recognition during the World Scout Conference every triennium. This is part of the growth strategies set out in the ten-year development plan for Scouting in Africa, which was adopted in 2001 at the 11th Africa Scout Conference in Gabon. In 2002 in Greece, Cape Verde, Ethiopia and Seychelles Scout associations were recognised.

At the same time, Namibia Scout Association received full member status. Prior to that, Namibia enjoyed associate member status


3. NKWENKWE NKOMO, IMMEDIATE FORMER CHIEF SCOUT OF SOUTH AFRICA IS ELECTED TO THE WORLD SCOUT COMMITTEE

Former Chief Scout of South Africa Scout Association, Nkwenkwe Nkomo, has been elected to serve on the World Scout Committee. Nkwenkwe was elected at the 37th World Scout Conference, for a 6-year term, along with 5 other members from a field of 15 candidates from around the world. The 37th World Scout Conference was held 5-9 September 2005 in Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia. It was attended by nearly 1,200 participants from 122 countries.

The World Scout Committee consists of twelve volunteer members and is the Highest executive body in World Scouting. The Committee meets twice a year, usually in Geneva, Switzerland. Its work addresses the top strategic priorities, as defined by the World Scout Conference, of youth involvement, volunteers in Scouting, and the profile of Scouting. It is responsible for the financial and constitutional management of World Scouting, and for carrying out the resolutions of the World Scout Conference.

Nkwenkwe also served for a six-year term as a member of the Africa Scout Committee up to 2004. During his second term from 2001 to 2004, he was the Vice Chairman. He is currently a board member of the Africa Scout Foundation.

The Africa Regional Office congratulates Nkwenkwe for having won the confidence of the World Scout Conference. We believe that he will contribute immensely to the work of the committee, for the benefit of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement, and in particular for the benefit of the scouts.


4. AFRICA SCOUT REGION TO MANAGE U FUND FOR ANOTHER THREE YEARS

The World Scout Committee has accepted a request by the Africa Scout region to manage and fundraise using the U Fund, to support small scout projects in Africa. Africa will therefore manage the fund for another three years up to 2008. The Africa Scout Region received the approval to manage the fund for the first time in 2002 during the World Scout Conference in Greece. Subsequently, the region has been supporting small projects in the areas of HIV/AIDs awareness education, reaching out and peace education.

According to the Regional Director, Kinuthia Murugu, the fund will continue to support projects on the three main themes, as they constitute some of the most pressing problems in most African communities.

More details about the Ufund can be found at
www.scout.org/africa/ufund


5. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AT THE WORLD SCOUT BUREAU, AFRICA REGIONAL OFFICE, SOUTHERN AFRICA OPERATIONS CENTRE

The position of Centre Director for Southern Africa office of the World Scout Bureau, Africa Regional Office will vacant from 1st December following the retirement of the currently director, Winston Adams. The position is open for applications from residents of Southern Africa. A detailed vacancy announcement has been issued from the office of the Regional Director. Applications will be closed on 14th October 2005.


6. PRESIDENT WADE OF SENEGAL IS THE NEW PATRON OF THE AFRICA SCOUT FOUNDATION

The president of the republic of Senegal, H. E. Abdoulaye Wade has accepted a request to be the Patron of the Africa Scout Foundation. The request was made by the Africa Regional Office, through the Chairman of the Foundation, Hon, Abdourahmane Sow who is currently Senegal's ambassador to Tunis. A reply to this request communicated to Hon. Sow from the office of the President reads in part; "His Excellency the President… (has expressed) his agreement to become the Patron of the Africa Scout Foundation…."


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