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September 2013 Kudumail News from the Africa Scout Region Technology Changing Lives Inside Highlight Technology changing lives Page 1 From NSOs Peace and development Scouts changing lives  WSB-ARO LIBRARY MoP Heroes Award International Day of Peace Page 2 From ARO Woodbadge Re-union NIYOA holds its 3rd Annual Seminar in Nairobi Africa at the 14th World Scout Moot Empowering NSOs through training Page 3 UGANDA - Uganda Scouts Association with support from UNICEF Uganda organized a Conference for National Scout Organizations Officials from the Great Lakes Region as the first phase of the rollout of U-report with Scouts from September 24 to 27th with 216 delegates attending. The opening ceremony was graced by King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru who's the reigning Omukama of Toro Kingdom accompanied by the Queen Mother. Also in attendance were the Vice Chairman, Africa Scout Committee, Mr. Bashir and World Scout Bureau Africa Regional Office staff, UNICEF Uganda representatives and Uganda Scout Association senior officials. The Conference brought together NSOs from Rwanda, Ethiopia, DRC-Congo, Kenya, Burundi, South Sudan, Tanzania, Ghana and the host Uganda. With the theme ‘Scouts for Social Change’, the Conference was focusing on building the capacity of National Scout Associations to rollout U-report enabling more Scouts and young people to speak out on what’s happening in their communities and amplify their voices. U-Report is a free SMS-based system that allows young people to speak out on what is happening in their communities across the country, and work together with community leaders for positive change. The Conference also explored the involvement of Scouts in the Great Lakes Region Peace Process. While opening the Conference, King Oyo promised to reach out to fellow kings and encourage them to support and embrace the U-Report programme. "The new system of U-Report is an excellent move. I am going to persuade other kings to support it. I am very happy that the biggest percentages of U-Reporters are youth. I am proud to champion the needs of young people and to inspire and change their mindset," King Oyo said. Dr Maggie Kigozi, who is also the Chief Scout of Uganda Scouts Association, encouraged many youth to join U-Report, saying it is an opportunity to communicate the challenges that are hindering them in a fast and efficient way. “We want to create the type of youth who are community-oriented, disciplined and exemplary and this can be well obtained through the use of U-Report. We want our youths to communicate challenges that they are facing like rape or defilement,” Dr Kigozi said. The closing ceremony was presided over by Hon David Bahati who's Chairperson of the National Scout Board and a Member of Parliament in the Uganda parliament. At the end of the event, participants and member organizations were honored with certificates of participation and appreciation. Community Empowering Scout Leaders with Development skills on how to handle people with special needs Page 4 Events 1st World Scout Education calendar Congress 16th Africa Scout Conference and 7th Youth Forum Page 4

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