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News from the Africa Scout Region


May 2006

IN THIS ISSUE

  1. 5TH AFRICAN JAMBOREE IS ON THIS JULY
  2. FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR GIFTS FOR PEACE
  3. JACOBS LEADERSHIP PROJECT IN ANGOLA
  4. SCOUTING FOR CHILDREN IN ESPECIALLY DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES
  5. ON-THE-JOB-TRAINING (OJT) FOR JACOBS PROJECT CORDINATORS
  6. CLIMATE CHANGE WORKSHOP, 25TH APRIL -27TH APRIL 2006, NAMIBIA
  7. SOUTHERN ZONE CONFERENCE, NAMIBIA, 29TH - 30TH APRILPROJECT
  8. CONSTITUTIONAL NEWS
  9. FORTHCOMING EVENTS

1. 5TH AFRICAN JAMBOREE IS ON THIS JULY

The 5th Africa Regional Jamboree will take place between 25th to 1st
August in Maputo, Mozambique, and hosted by the League of Scouts of
Mozambique. African NSAs are particularly encouraged to send participants
to this event. Friends outside Africa are warmly invited to the African
Jamboree.

For more details on the event, download application forms from:
www.scouting.org.za/africa/jamboree


2. FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR GIFTS FOR PEACE

Malawi and Namibia Scout Associations have qualified for a financial grant
of USD 5,000 each, towards their Gifts for Peace Projects. The funding
has been granted by the King of Saudi Arabia through the World Scout
Bureau. Malawi has a project working with street children, other
vulnerable and marginalized children and focusing on fighting HIV/AIDS,
while Namibia is running one aimed at combating domestic violence and the
abuse of women and children. Other beneficiary countries from the other
regions are: Egypt (Arab Region), Pakistan (Asia-Pacific Region), Russia
(Eurasia Region), and Slovenia (European Region)


3. JACOBS LEADERSHIP PROJECT IN ANGOLA

The third NSA in the second phase of the Jacobs Project, Angola Scout
Association, launched the Project on 4th to 8th May 2006. the other two
that were scheduled to launch the project this year, Rwanda and Seychelles
Scout Associations have already embarked on the implementation.

Angola Scout Association had prepared for the launch by identifying their
priorities and their needs. The workshop further identified those needs
that will be supported by the Jacobs Project, within the broader scope of
the Association's forward looking strategies and the Jacobs leadership
Project goals.

Despite all the challenges facing Angola, the Scout Association has made
remarkable impact in the community with their community involvement
projects. Through the Jacobs' project, a total of 657 Scout leaders will
be trained, besides the production and dissemination of revised Youth
Programme materials. The Project will last for 18 months. The launch of
the Jacobs Project received live TV and Radio coverage, as well as reports
on the print media.
The first six NSAs that rolled out the project in the first year, 2005,
are now in their completion stages. 1n 2007, the Scout Associations of
Tanzania, Mozambique and Cameroon will launch the project, bringing the
pilot phase to a completion, as originally planned, for three years, in
twelve Associations.


4. SCOUTING FOR CHILDREN IN ESPECIALLY
DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES

NSAs in Africa have been reaching out to children in especially difficult
circumstances with varying degrees of success. The Africa Regional Office
and the World Scout Foundation developed a proposal seeking financial
support to support, enrich and enlarge these projects in several
countries. With the effort of John Geoghean of the World Scout Foundation,
the Irish Agricultural Wholesale Society (IAWS) of Ireland will give
500,000 Euros in a five-year period for a project in six countries.
Project implementation is expected to start in the coming months.

The project aims at empowering the disadvantaged youth with agricultural
and business skills as a means of earning their livelihoods. In the past,
Scout Associations such as Kenya, Uganda and Burundi have rehabilitated
disadvantaged youth and equipped them with skills that have enabled them
to generate their own income. Through these projects, the target youth
have also been helped to return to mainstream society.


5. ON-THE-JOB-TRAINING (OJT)
FOR JACOBS PROJECT CORDINATORS

The Africa Regional Office organised a three week training at the Regional
Office in Nairobi, for three coordinators of the Jacobs Leadership
Project. The three coordinators; Ousman Jatta, Jean Marie Bwanakweli and
Holbert Jean from Gambia, Rwanda and Seychelles respectively went through
this course between 24th April to 12th May. Rwanda and Seychelles have
entered into the project in the second year, 2006, while The Gambia is on
its last phase of the Project. The main objective of the training was to
prepare the 2 new countries in the management of the Project in their
respective NSAs, while also drawing experiences from The Gambia. In the
training, the participants covered such areas as Youth Programme, Adult
Resources, Management, Communications and Public Relations and how these
elements could be strengthened through the project. They also spent time
at the Kenya Scouts Association sharing experiences. The course was
facilitated by all the concerned executives at the Africa Regional Office.


6. CLIMATE CHANGE WORKSHOP,
25TH APRIL -27TH APRIL 2006, NAMIBIA

The workshop was hosted by Namibia Scouts Association and facilitated by
the South African Scouts Association in conjunction with Scouts Canada.
The focus was on the expansion of the Climate Change Programme, currently
being implemented by South Africa Scout Association, to a number of other
countries in the Zone including Botswana, Angola, Zimbabwe and Namibia.
Mauritius Scout Association also sent a representative.

The Project aims at empowering Scouts to participate in environmental
conservation and preservation as a means of averting the consequences of
climate change, such as global warming and its attendant consequences. The
workshop was sponsored by UNEP.


7. SOUTHERN ZONE CONFERENCE,
NAMIBIA, 29TH - 30TH APRIL

More than 60 delegates from all ten countries of the Southern Zone
(Angola, Lesotho, Swaziland, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi,
Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe) participated in the Conference, which had, as
its main priority, a special Governance Workshop in line with the WOSM
resolution of Governance of Scout Associations as adopted at the World
Scout Conference in Tunisia in 2005.

The Prime Minister of Namibia officially opened the Conference on Saturday
29th April. The ceremony was aired on Namibia's national television .
Member countries presented their reports and there was also a special
presentation and debate about the forthcoming 5th Africa Regional Jamboree
Maputo, Mozambique in July. The countries present promised to send
participants to the Jamboree.


8. CONSTITUTIONAL NEWS

Top Leadership of Uganda Scouts Association

Honorary President
H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

Chief Scout
Hon. Manuel Pinto

Chief Commissioner
Dr. Maggie Kigozi

National Executive Commissioner
Mr. Wyclef Ojuru

International Commissioner
Mrs. Pross Bahinyoza

National Treasurer
Hajji Mutwalib Tezikuba Sajjabi


9. FORTHCOMING EVENTS

ALT - Tanzania, 25 -30 June, 2006

Venue: Gezaulole, at Kigamboni Area in Dar es Salaam
Dates:~ 25th - 30th June 2006.
Participants: to be drawn from Kenya Scouts Association, Tanzania Scouts
Association and Uganda Scouts Association (USA)
Facilitators:~ Each Association shall be required to send one facilitator.

9TH INTERNATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING FOR CULTURAL EXCHANGE

This is an event organized annually by the Arab Regional Office in Egypt.
This year it will be held on 21st to 31st August 2006, in Cairo, Giza,
Al-Beheira and Alexandria.

A special aspect of this year's gathering is the 'Scouts of the World
Award'. The Scouts of the World Award is a special award showing that a
young person is aware of world issues and has acquired through a voluntary
service the necessary experience and skills to become a citizen of the
world. Any young person between 15 and 26 years old, girl or boy, member
of the Scout Movement or not, can obtain the Scouts of the World Award.


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