News from the Africa Scout Region
Scout Associations of Eastern Africa held their 12th Annual Zonal
Conference in December, in Arusha Tanzania. They were hosted by the
Tanzania Scout Association and brought together representatives from
Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. Invitations had also been sent to
Burundi and Ethiopia, but they did not turn up. The meeting discussed ways
in which they will strengthen their relationship by having more joint
activities in the areas of youth programme and training. Among topics that
were discussed in regard to their future cooperation included youth
programme development, modernising their training materials, organising
joint Centenary celebrations and organising more joint events.
The meeting also received a briefing about the 13th Africa Scout
Conference in Rwanda in 2007 from Ms Arlette, the Secretary General of
Rwanda Scout Association who was representing the Chief Commissioner. The
zone agreed to send full delegations to the Conference. The zone's
participation in the 5th Africa Jamboree in Mozambique was also discussed.
During the Zonal Conference, the Chief Commissioners of the participating
National Scout Associations, together with the Regional Director of the
World Scout Bureau, Africa Region, Kinuthia Murugu, called on the
Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC). The Deputy
Secretary General was at hand to receive the delegation. The meeting
explored ways in which the NSAs in East Africa can work together with the
EAC. The meeting was very successful. Two issues were agreed on; first,
the East Africa Scout Zone will apply for observer status to the EAC.
Secondly, the zone, with the help and coordination by the World Scout
Bureau, Africa Regional Office, will establish discussions towards the
signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that will form the basis for a
partnership between the EAC and the member Associations of the East Africa
Scout Zone. The Africa Regional Office is spearheading this arrangement.
As usual, the Eastern Africa Zonal Conference takes place alongside Scout
competitions. In December, the competitions were held a short distance
from the Conference venue. The competitions brought together the best
patrols in the national competitions of each of the participating National
Scout Associations. Asked about their opinion about the competitions, the
Scouts said that they always looked forward to them it is an opportunity
to exercise their creativity, to make friends and to learn something new.
The Jacobs Leadership Project, which started in Africa Scout Region in
2005, is now set to enter its second part of phase one, by rolling out to
another three National Scout Associations. In its first phase, the project
is to be implemented first in six National Scout Associations for the
first year, then roll out to another three countries in the second year,
and a further three countries in the third year, thus completing the first
phase of the project in a period of three years.
As such, the launch of the project in the Scout Associations of Rwanda,
Seychelles and Angola will take place between January and February 2006.
Plans are now at an advanced stage for the launch in the three countries.
The first six countries in which the Project is currently running include;
South Africa, Mauritius, Burundi, Ethiopia, Niger and the Gambia.
The Jacob's project aims at improving leadership skills for the young
people in scouting, so that they can be prepared to bring positive change
to their associations, among their peers, their families and their
communities. It is implemented by National Scout Associations in Africa,
with coordination from the World Scout Bureau, Africa Regional Office and
financial support from the Jacobs Foundation in Switzerland.
To learn more about the Jacobs Foundation, visit:
Niger Scout Association held it's Annual General meeting in December 2005
during which the following new office bearers were named;
Chief Commissioner: Mr. Omar YAZI
Deputy Chief Commissioner: Mr. Sayouba HALIDOU
The Botswana Scouts Association held its Annual Council Meeting in
November 2005 where Dr Jabulani Muchado was elected Chief Commissioner,
replacing Mr. Ndondo Koolese
Jan-Feb: Launch of the Jacobs Leadership Project in Rwanda, Seychelles and
Middle level management training: Mauritius Scout Association
February: Project Evaluation for DANIDA sponsored projects: Kenya and
Zambia Scout Associations
We, the staff of the World Scout Bureau, Africa Regional Office in
Nairobi, Dakar and Cape Town, who contribute to the compilation of the
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