News from the Africa Scout Region
Major (Rtd) Kinuthia Murugu, 44, Regional Director, World Scout
Bureau-Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, has been appointed by H. E. Mwai
Kibaki, The President of the Republic of Kenya, to the position of
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth Affairs of Kenya.
In this new exciting and challenging position, Kinuthia will deal, amongst
others, with issues such as, Youth Development, Youth Organizations and
National Youth Policy which comes in the face of a myriad of challenges
facing the youth of Kenya which numbers about 9.1 million and accounts for
32 percent of the Kenyan population.
Kinuthia has a long and varied engagement with youth organisations and
youth issues. On top of his personal qualities, experience and competence,
his professional position and exposure with World Scouting during the last
five years undoubtedly has been and will be an asset in this new position.
World Scouting is indeed proud that one of its top professional leader
accesses a high position with the Authorities of his country where he will
be able to make the difference, as he did for the benefit of Scouting in
Please join all Kinuthia's friends and colleagues in Scouting to wish him
the best of luck in his new assignment.
This tribute by the World Organisation of the Scout Movement to Kinuthia
can be viewed at: www.scout.org
Following the above development, the Secretary General of the World
Organisation of the Scout Movement has announced the vacancy for the post
of Regional Director, World Scout Bureau, Africa Regional Office.
In the interim period, the Secretary General has assigned Ms. Lydiah
Kiburu to serve as Acting Regional Director. Lydiah, who is currently the
Director for Communications and Research at the World Scout Bureau, Africa
Regional Office, is well known to all our iDespatch subscribers as it's
editor since its inception in 2002.
For details on the position, visit: www.scout.org/front/jobs.shtml
The Youth Leadership Development Project for Africa Scout Region,
financially supported by the Jacobs Foundation was launched in Seychelles
Scout Association during the last week of February in Victoria, Seychelles.
The Project will run for the next 18 months and the Association has
planned for a 50% growth through programmes and activities within that
time. During the launch, the Chief Commissioner, Mr. Bernard Elizabeth
said it was a great honour for Seychelles, being one of the youngest
National Scout Associations in Africa to have been selected to participate
in the pilot phase of the Project. He noted that the Project will boost
the capacity of the Association to implement its' three year development
Through this project, the Association has planned to revise its youth
programme, to develop an Adult Resources Policy that will guide in the
recruitment and retention of volunteers, and to run a series of youth
leadership courses for the Scouts. Management, Leadership and team
building courses have also been scheduled for the Scout Leaders, to equip
them with skills necessary for the delivery of the Youth Programme. The
Association has also planned to integrate more closely, the young people
in the process of youth programme development.
Present at the launching ceremony were top leaders of the Seychelles Scout
Association. Lydiah Kiburu and Lucia Chebet, from the World Scout Bureau,
Africa Regional Office facilitated the three-day Planning Workshop.
The Project will shortly be rolled out in 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: www.jacobsfoundation.org
Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), through the Danish Scout
Council has been supporting Scouting in Kenya and Zambia through a project
called 'Developing Citizens Through Scouting Project'. The project, which
lasted for four years, has had positive impact on the young people to whom
it was targeted. For instance; in both Associations, the youth programmes
have been reviewed, scout leaders have been trained and there has been a
marked improvement their management.
Due to this positive impact, DANIDA through the Danish Scout Council, has
agreed to extend the sponsorship of the project. The new phase of the
project funded to the tune of 1 Million Euros will extend to four new
Associations; Malawi, Swaziland, Namibia and Zimbabwe (through the Zambia
Scouts Association) - in addition to Kenya and Zambia - for the next four
In the new phase the project will also increase its support to the
Regional Office, which is executing the project.
The main objective of the project is to prepare a large and still growing
group of young people to become responsible, self sustained adults, who
possess the abilities and the willingness to participate in the democratic
process in the society in which they live.
There will be a three-day workshop for Chief Commissioners/Chief
Executives of Scout Associations of the Southern Zone of the Africa
Region, focussing on management. The course will be run by John Neysmith
and Bob King of Scouts Canada who have also developed the course content.
This will be the second course they will be running in Africa. A similar
one was held for East Africa in 2005. Scouts Canada has also extended the
financial support to run the course.
31st March to 3rd April 2006
South Africa, April 2006
Namibia, 28th to 30th April 2006.
For the year 2006, the World Environment Day will be held in Algiers,
Algeria. The theme for 2006 focuses on Deserts and Desertification and
will have the slogan; 'Don't Desert Drylands!'. The slogan emphasizes the
importance of protecting drylands, which cover more than 40% of the
The World Environment Day is now considered one of the most important
events on the environmental calendar. Its observance helps to draw
attention to some of the ways in which human actions are threatening the
planet, highlights the urgent need to change attitudes and behaviours and
serves to inspire political and community action.
Scout Associations are encouraged to mark the World Environment Day, as a
demonstration of their love for nature. The World Organisation of the
Scout Movement has a Memorandum of Understanding with UNEP on
strengthening their partnership in caring for the environment. Details of
the MOU can be viewed at: www.scout.org/front/docs/unep_wosm_e.pdf
For more details on the day and how it is being celebrated around the
Alcala de Henares, Spain, in November 2006. For more details visit;