News from the Africa Scout Region
The Jacobs Leadership project has now been launched in Rwanda Scout
Association. The project was received with enthusiasm and gratitude by the
leadership of the Association. At the launch, the Association's President,
Dr Emmanuel Gasakure, who is also a member of the Africa Scout Committee,
said that the project was very timely for Rwanda, as the association was
now embarking on the implementation of their three-year national
development plan. The project will help to scale up the leadership and
management skills for the youth and their leaders in the Association. The
Chief Commissioner, Sylvain Rurangwa expressed optimism that the Project
would take the Association to greater heights in terms of skills
acquisition, growth and image building. He noted that positive image for
the association, is especially crucial at this point in time, as the
Association is preparing to host the 13th Africa Scout Conference in 2007.
The Project will last for 18 months and targets to raise the membership of
the association by more than 25 percent. Present at the planning workshop
and the launch ceremony was the Regional Director for the World Scout
Bureau, Africa Region, Kinuthia Murugu, together with other staff from the
Regional Office. Later, the Regional Director, and the top leaders of the
Rwanda Scout association called on the Minister of Youth, Culture and
Sports who expressed the government's appreciation to the World
Organisation of the Scout Movement, and the Jacobs Foundation, for having
identified Rwanda as one of the pioneer beneficiaries of the Leadership
Project. He urged the Association to deliver on their promise in the
The Project is set to be rolled out in Seychelles Scout Association at the
end of February, and shortly thereafter, to Angola Scout Association. The
first six countries in which the Project is currently running include;
South Africa, Mauritius, Burundi, Ethiopia, Niger and the Gambia.
The 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:
Following a joint effort by ten National Scout Associations of Southern
Africa to mark the World Aids Day, the participating Associations have
started reporting on their day's activities.
The Angola Scout Association marked the day through activities in the
cities and villages, as well as at the capital city Luanda. The activities
were a joint programme with the Ministry of Health and other agencies
and organizations in the country.
The Adventure runs from 28th December 2006 to 8th January 2007. The
organisers of this event are promising an experience that will be best,
new routes, new activities, and whole lot of fun.
To see details, visit:
Scouts in Mpumalanga area of South Africa have created their site,
including their online newsletter: www.scouting.org.za/mpumalanga
Burundi Scout Association has now launched an email monthly newsletter. It
reports on various scout activities in the Association. This is an
opportune service that helps to understand and appreciate Scouting in
Burundi. It is also a major leap in line with the strategic priority of
raising the profile of Scouting.
The secretariat of the Concertation, located in Burundi has launched the
Amahoro (peace) email newsletter. It reports on the Peace education
project that the associations have been implementing. It is a welcome tool
which reports and helps to understand the work of the scouts in the
region, on peace building.
The ICCO of Netherlands has extended support to the above project for a
further eight months. The project started in April 2003 and ended in March
2005. The focus of this project was on youth programme development, Adult
Resources development, management and capacity building within National
Scout Associations. Since then, a series of training workshops were held
for all the ten National Scout Associations of Southern Africa; South
Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Angola, Mozambique,
Zambia and Zimbabwe. Through this project, the Associations also produced
training support materials. The second phase will run from February to
September 2006 and the concentration will be on finalising the work
started in the first phase, mainly Youth Programme and adult Resources
Policy implementation. It will also involve training and adoption by the
Associations, of the Governance policies of WOSM. The World Scout Bureau,
Africa Regional Office, through the Operations Centre in Cape Town,
coordinates the project.
The iDespatch team, at the World Scout Bureau, Africa Regional Office
would like to wish all Scouts, Scouters, and National Scout Associations a
happy Founder's Day on the 22nd February. In Africa, the Africa Scout Day
will be marked on the 13th of March. We hope that these events will help
each one of us in the international Scout family, in Africa and beyond, to
renew our commitment to leave this world better than we found it.