News from the Africa Scout Region
The WOSM Secretary General has sent out a notification, extending the
application deadline for the above position, from 14th April to 28th April
2006. Please visit www.scout.org/front/jobs.shtml to get the
profile of ideal candidates as well as the job description for the
position, including application guidelines.
The Africa Scout Radio now has the first six radio programmes produced in
French. A circular to the French speaking National Scout Associations in
Africa has been sent out, announcing the programmes and asking those who
can secure airtime in local radio stations, to send in requests for the
programmes. Several NSAs have immediately sent in requests to be provided
with the Radio Programmes. The Africa Regional office will now work on
another six in the coming months, to satisfy the rising demand for French
radio programmes. Radio programmes also exist in English and Swahili. The
programmes are part of a strategy by the World Scout Bureau, Africa
Regional Office, to support NSAs to disseminate information on Scouting,
both as a training aid, and also as an information service to their
communities. One of the problems facing the growth of Scouting in Africa
is communication. This coupled with the twin challenges of lack of
adequate trained leaders and training support materials, have stood in the
way of taking better Scouting to more young people. The radio in Africa
has the greatest reach, especially to the rural areas, where most of the
population lives. The Scout Movement in Africa is making efforts to take
Scouting to more young people through the radio.
For almost a decade now, Scouting in Africa has grown and improved both in
quality and quantity. With the progress however, it has become apparent
that there exists a challenge in the area of Adult training. Unlike Youth
Programme development or communication, training has to be offered to each
Leader. An analysis of the NSAs in the Africa Region reveals that a good
number lack adequate Leader Trainers, Assistant Leader Trainers and in
several cases, very few wood badge holders.
The Africa Regional Office has developed an initiative to bridge the gap
that exists in the area of Adult training in the Region. The idea is to
invite Scout Associations from Asia, Europe and America to support a
concerted and sustained effort over a three-year period to establish a
solid base of Scout leadership in Africa. The plan is envisioned to
materialise in different ways depending on the training situation in the
Since the introduction of the programme, letters have been sent out to
several NSAs outside Africa seeking their support in this initiative.
Positive feedback has started to come in. The Scout Association (UK) has
made a financial commitment to support the initiative for a three-year
period starting this year. The Finnish Scouts have identified Zambia
Scouts Association as their interest and are in the process of working out
modalities of supporting leader training in that country. Scouting Ireland
has also reacted positively to the approach and has asked the Africa
Regional Office to help them in picking out a most appropriate NSA to
As the 2007 celebrations near, African NSAs continue to declare their
Gifts for Peace.
The subject of peace - specifically peace education - has been a
fundamental part of Scouting since its inception. The Centenary presents
an excellent time to celebrate the work done by Scouts around the world in
the cause of peace and to demonstrate publicly the commitment of the
Movement in creating a more peaceful world.
A resolution was passed during the 36th World Scout Conference in
Thessaloniki that in 2007, each National Scout Organization should present
a Gift for Peace and that these gifts should be the result of work
accomplished by young people since 2005.
Each National Scout Organization is to propose and lead a national project
- which could be composed of many parts - involving Scouts from all age
groups for at least one year (from September 2005 onwards). Gifts for
Peace is an opportunity for organizations to integrate the 2007
celebrations with the Strategy for Scouting.
The Gifts for Peace projects in the African NSAs have taken many forms.
They range from peace education programmes, environmental protection
programmes, and HIV/Aids awareness education programmes among others.
These projects, which have been ongoing since 2005, are evidently meeting
real needs in the community in order to make a difference to people,
specifically, the youth.
Through the Jacobs Leadership Project, three project coordinators from
Rwanda, The Gambia and Seychelles will spend three weeks at the Regional
Office, between end of April to mid May 2006 undertaking On-The-Job
Training. During this time, the coordinators will share their experiences
among themselves and with the Bureau staff. This will be helpful in
improving performance in the new project countries. At the same time, the
coordinators will have the opportunity of gaining more skills in other
aspects of management that will help them in their work
ARO has been organising for sometime now for On-The-Job training for
professionals working for NSAs Africa. This service is in line with the
management priority in Africa's Ten Year Development plan for Scouting in
Africa. It is also in line with the WOSM strategic priority of 'An
Organisation for the 21st Century'. Through this service professionals
spend between 4 to 6 weeks at the Africa regional office, gaining
practical knowledge on issues such as Youth Programme development,
relating with volunteers, raising the profile of Scouting, project design
and management among others. Thereafter, executives at the regional
office give follow-up support to the trainees during field visits to their
countries, and through regular contact.
The six countries involved in the initial phase of the Jacob's project are
now finalising on evaluation and audit of the Project to assess its impact
on the youth, their leaders and the local communities. At the same time,
the second phase which was to take the project to three countries; Rwanda,
Seychelles and Angola has already started. Rwanda and Seychelles rolled
out the project in February 2006. Angola will launch the project on 19th
to 23rd April 2006. In that workshop, the top management of the Angola
Scout Association will be introduced to the Project and will also do a
needs assessment to aid in the generation of a Detailed Implementation
The International Scout and Guide Fellowship (ISGF), intends to implement
a "Scout Flame" Project during the Centenary celebrations.
The Project will involve carrying a torch (flame) by means of an overland
or sea journey from the Founder's grave in Nyeri, Kenya, to Brownsea
Island, in the period between Thinking Day 2007 and Centenary Day (22
February to 1 August 2007).
The Project was introduced to the WOSM/WAGGGS Consultative Committee at
its last meeting in November 2005 and was warmly endorsed at the same
forum. The project will be coordinated by two ISGF Committee members -
Rigmor Laridsen and Mario Sica - and will be financially self sufficient.
In due course, the two project coordinators will be contacting two
National Scout Associations in the African Region, namely Kenya and
Ethiopia, which lie along the route that the torch will follow, to seek
the participation of Scouts.
The World Organization of the Scout Movement considers the project an
important image-building symbol for the Movement and a welcome complement
to the Centenary celebrations. National Scout Associations are encouraged
to support the project.
Following their Recent Annual General meeting and elections, the
Association has announced the following top leaders;
Mr. L.Christopher Mbanga
Mr. P. Gezi
International and Programme Commissioner
Mr. S.B Ndebele
Namibia, 24th to 27th April 2006.
Participants will be drawn from Southern Africa, including invited participants
from outside the zone.
Namibia, 28th to 30th April 2006.
Management workshop in Namibia, 1st o 4th May 2006; with financial and
technical support from Scouts Canada for all the ten NSAs of Southern
Dates: 27th July 2006 to 5th August 2006 (10 days)
Venue: Bucovina in the North-Eastern part of Romania in Pojana Mikuli
Participants: Young people over 12 years of age
Participants' Fee: 30 Euros
Application deadline: 30th April 2006
For additional information, visit: www.mozaika.zhp.pl
The Scout Association of Japan has sent out invitations, for the 14th
Nippon Jamboree. Eligible participants must be between 12 - 18 years
the dates are 30th July to 9th august 2006.
For more details, visit: www.scout.or.jp
Dates: 9th- 14th august 2006
Eligibility: Scouts 13 - 18 years old
For more details, visit: www.scout.or.kr