Asia-Pacific Region Triennial Report 2009-2012
The APR Triennial Report is an overview of our undertakings as a region from November 2009 to november 2012. It is a collation of projects and activities giving insight into our priorities for the past three years.
Asia-Pacific Region Triennial Report 2009-2012 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 1 Publication of World Organization of the Scout Movement Asia-Pacific Region 4/F ODC International Plaza Building 219 Salcedo St., Legaspi Village Makati City, 1229 PHILIPPINES Tel: (63 2) 8171675/8180984 Fax: (63 2) 8190093 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.scout.org/asia-pacific November 2012 About the cover: The cover is the winning photo taken by Gye Ho KIM (Korea) for the 10th APR Scout Photo Contest-2012. 2 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 Table of contents Message of the Regional Chairman Message of the Regional Director Executive Summary APR Vision 2013 Young People Adults Management Nso Potential Countries Finance Scouting Profile Partnerships Community Membership Global Support Summary of Messengers of Peace Projects Awardees 4 5 6 7 8 16 22 28 34 36 40 44 46 50 54 59 60 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 3 Message of the Regional Chairman Jejomar C Binay Chairman, Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee At the 24th APR Scout Conference in Dhaka towards the end of November 2012, I am completing my second term as Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee. It is my privilege to have served this region where I focused my attention on these areas: visit to NSOs related to CNV and youth events, Regional Scout Committee matters, and global issues. As Chairman, I traveled to member-countries, whether related to the CNV mission, meetings, or youth events, and certainly, those visits were truly inspiring and enriching. It was also during this period where the Regional Scout Committee raised concerns on WOSM fees and voting rights. After deliberations at the regional level, the issues have prospered at the world level and now treated as global concerns. Related to those issues, I hosted a meeting of Chief Commissioners of NSOs in Manila in 2011 to get their stand and proposal for solutions, and those unable to attend shared their thinking in writing. The contact group of the World Scout Committee on these global issues met in Manila in August 2012 for more in-depth deliberation. Together with the World Scout Bureau APR staff, we managed to meet 23 times to review the progress of regional operations. Proceedings of all those meetings were shared on the same day with members of the Regional Scout Committee, sub-committee chairmen, and regional consultants through the Committee Update. Apart from those meetings, I managed to attend the annual Management Meetings in Manila together with World Scout Bureau executives (Geneva and Manila), Chairman of APR Management and Regional Treasurer. My term will not be complete without expressing my thanks and appreciation to leaders of National Scout Organizations for their utmost cooperation, to my colleagues in the Regional Scout Committee for their active engagement in our regional endeavors, and to the APR staff for their hard work and dedication. 4 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 Message of the Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed Regional Director, Word Organization of the Scout Movement/Asia-Pacific Region This APR Triennial Report is an overview of our undertakings as a region from November 2009 to November 2012. It is a collation of projects and activities giving insight into our priorities for the past three years. It is my pleasure to report that all 26 membercountries have been covered at least once, and some more than twice or thrice, through visits either by WOSM leaders, the Regional Scout Committee, and World Scout Bureau APR staff. Our regional approaches to support NSOs were both traditional and innovative. Traditional in a sense that we supported the NSOs through the management of regional or national events, promotion of regional or national programs, financial assistance through grants and subsidies, and information exchange through various publicity tools. At the same time, our strategy of support was innovative where we shifted from CNV mission to the more direct consultancy with NSOs. To maximize our human resource is the creation of a regional Specialist Panel that identifies the expertise of individuals who can serve as consultants in specific disciplines where they are required. We set a regional membership target that resulted in significant increase of young and adult members, and a guideline for developing membership growth strategies. With our membership largely school-based, we expanded our focus on community-based Scouting, such as tapping the unreached horizons of Scouting. At this conference, we are recognizing NSOs who have done well in membership growth in two areas: those who developed and implemented a growth strategy, and those who increased their membership annually. The initiative on Messengers of Peace was a vital aspect in our operations. We are supporting MoP projects at various stages in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Australia, Japan, Philippines, Bhutan, New Zealand, Nepal and Maldives. On strategic planning, the Regional Scout Committee had a direct hand in the brainstorming of the APR Plan 2012-2015 using the systems approach and involving all sub-committees in the planning process. The result of this work will be reflected in the upcoming strategic plan that will be presented for adoption at the Dhaka conference. Corollary to the multitudinous work of the region is the strong reinforcement from our volunteers, and it was necessary for the regional office to restructure and expand its staffing to cope with the recent requirements of global support and MoP. May I also take this opportunity to humbly express my gratitude and appreciation to all colleagues â€“ volunteers and full time â€“ with whom I had the privilege to work and who had shown tremendous kindness, love, respect and cooperation in my ten years of service to the World Scout Bureau. Shortly I will bid farewell from professional service, however, I will continue to contribute to this great movement in my personal capacity as in the past. As we always say, a Scout is always a Scout. APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 5 Executive Summary Inspired by the APR Vision 2013, this Triennial Report is based largely on the regionâ€™s strategic plan for 2009-2012, covering the regionâ€™s accomplishments from the last Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of November 2009 (Kuala Lumpur) to the current conference of November 2012 (Dhaka). It incorporates the seven strategic priorities and includes initiatives such as Global Support and Messengers of Peace that were launched within the last three years. The regionâ€™s achievements also go beyond the scope of the 3-year timeframe of the strategic plan. National Scout Organizations (NSOs) and the region have instituted many good practices for decades, such as large-scale events for young people, continuous training of adult leaders, management courses for executives, regional publications and several others. Outlined below are the aims and key elements of the seven strategic areas: Young People The strategic priority focuses on empowering young people at unit level and increasing involvement of young people in decision-making processes at all levels in their NSO. It also encourages the review of youth programme to improve the quality of Scouting. Finance Effective financial management towards self-reliance is the main goal of this priority, including strengthening partnerships with other organizations. Scouting Profile Adults Continuous focus on all aspects of Adults of Scouting (AIS) is the aim of this priority, with emphasis on the effective management of adults, improving the quality of training, and enhancing the retention of adults in Scouting. Enhancing the desired image and visibility of Scouting is the main target of this priority through the use of relevant PR strategies and communication tools. Community Management This priority supports NSOs in managing the organization efficiently and ensuring that Scouting offers a safe environment for young people. It also contributes actively in governance at local and world level of the organization, and extends Scouting to non-member countries. This priority highlights the importance of extending Scout membership beyond schools, thereby creating closer relationship with the community and contributing to nation-building. Membership NSO Strengthening the Committee NSO Visit (CNV) is the key element of this priority, while assisting NSOs in implementing their national strategic plan. It also aims to provide expertise in the areas of youth programme, adult resources, organizational structure, management and finance. Ultimately, this priority supports NSOs in developing membership strategy with emphasis on retention, and assisting NSOs in achieving realistic growth targets. 6 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 APR Vision 2013 APR Vision was crafted at the APR Scout Leaders Summit in Melbourne in year 2000. A 12-year planning period, with three-year cycles, was established to realize this vision. The APR Plan 2009-2012 completes this cycle and concludes at the 24th APR Scout Conference in November 2012. APR VISION 2013 The Asia-Pacific Region upholds the Mission of Scouting and envisions for 2013 a Scout Movement that: • • • • • • • • • • • • is widely recognized as a value-based educational movement is co-educational includes youth members in decision-making provides a safe environment for young people has self-reliant, independent and well-managed National Scout Organizations reaches out to a greater proportion of youth in member countries extends to non-member countries has good image and visibility everywhere maximizes the use of information communications technology contributes to community and nation building has strong community-based Scouting helps protect nature and environment • promotes peace in local and global communities by recognizing the needs of young people in a rapidly changing environment. APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 7 Four Asia-Pacific Jamboree in 3 years In a span of three short years, around 42,000 Scouts all together traversed four Scouting destinations around the region: Mt Makiling in the Philippines for the 26th APR Scout Jamboree; Suncheon Scout Center in Korea for the 27th; the beautiful Cheng Ching Lake in Taiwan for the 28th; and finally, the historic sites in Dambulla, Sri Lanka for the 29th Regional Jamboree. All four Jamborees offered adventurous and challenging activities using modules for physical sharpness and conditioning, as well as social, emotional and spiritual exposures. A common feature of all four Jamborees was the Global Development Village that raised wider awareness on issues facing the world. A module on social accountability was introduced for the first time where creative hands-on exercises were demonstrated in a way that is attractive and practical to do. Each Asia-Pacific Jamboree is unique from each other. Fifty years had passed and the good memories of the 10th World Scout Jamboree held in 1959 in Mt. Makiling, Philippines were still vivid as some former participants of the World Jamboree met in Mt Makiling for their golden anniversary reunion. The Jamboree is Suncheon extended the largest Jamboree sponsorship in recent times that enabled the participation of Scouts from the Asia Pacific and from other Scouting regions. The Scouting inspired venue â€“ Suncheon Scout Centre â€“ turned into a campsite for thousands of Scouts. The co-titled 28th Asia Pacific Regional Scout Jamboree and Scouts of China Centenary Jamboree celebrated the 100 years of Scouting in Taiwan. Taiwanese Premier His Excellency Wu Den-Yih, while speaking at the opening ceremony, called on Scouts to spread the Scouting spirit wherever they are. It was the first time that Sri Lanka Scouts Association hosted an international event of this magnitude. The campsite sits on 16 acres bordering the beautiful Kandalama. Known for having the largest rose quartz mountain range in South Asia, the city of Dambulla boasts of its major attractions including the largest and best preserved cave temple. Dambulla is one of the eight declared UNESCO World Heritage sites in the country. E L P O E P YO U N G 8 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 P LE YO U N G P E O 2nd SAARC Scouts Friendship Camp Around 350 Rover Scouts from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka are camping from 17th to 21st October 2012 in Islamabad, Pakistan for the 2nd SAARC Scouts Friendship Camp hosted under the Messenger of Peace. This friendship camp hosted by the Pakistan Boy Scouts Association (PBSA) and inaugurated by Syed Hussain Bokhari, chairman Senate of Pakistan and Acting President of the country along with the Chief Commissioners of all the SAARC countries and Regional Director. Participants have started enjoying the camp through the series of activities including friendship-centered activities, cultural exhibition, treasure hunt, youth forum, visit to educational places. 1st SAARC Friendship Camp Camping in the picturesque town of Thimpu in Bhutan was a delight to 126 Scouts from all over Bhutan, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the first SAARC Scout Friendship Camp. This was held from 21 to 27 March 2011 at the centenary youth village. The camp’s thematic focus was “Scouts for a Green and Happy South Asia” where young people discussed global environmental concerns and to find ways how they can help at their own level. APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 9 P LE YO U N G P E O Internet Jamboree Every year on the first weekend of August, Scouts â€œget togetherâ€? and make friends over the airwaves and on the internet. In the last three consecutive years, the Air Internet Jamboree (AIJ) was hosted by Malaysia in 2010, Scouts of China in 2011, and Korea in 2012. On 7th August 2010, it was a lively afternoon in Kuala Lumpur as Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia hosted the 6th Asia Pacific Region Air/Internet Jamboree. Some 60km away, in Hulu Selangor, over 200 Scouts joined the sub-launch of the Air Jamboree and much farther away, in Suncheon City, where 12,000 Scouts were camping at the 27th APR Scout Jamboree, a soft launch of the air/internet jamboree was held on 7th August morning. Scouts of China hosted the AIJ on 6-7 August 2011. The radio station was set up at the HQ building using special call sign BV07APR. A special badge and QSL card were produced to commemorate this event. A web page was created and over 5,400 visitors used the webpage and the link to the Facebook before and during the Jamboree weekend. Participants made 288 comments. There were 1,876 scouts who registered in the webpage and certificates of participation were printed out for them. Coinciding with the Korea National Jamboree was the 8th Asia-Pacific Air/ Internet Jamboree hosted by Korea Scout Association on the weekend of 4-5 August 2012. The Air/Internet Jamboree started in 2004 as a platform for Scouts to contact each other by means of amateur radio and the Internet. 10 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 P LE YO U N G P E O Malaysia About 420 Scouts, equipped with personal computers, gathered at the International Youth Center in Kuala Lumpur for the event. They connected on-line with other Scouts and were later awarded the King Scouts badge for participating. Korea World Scout Committee Chairman Simon Rhee delivered inspiring words at the opening of the 8th APR Air Internet Jamboree. Scouts of China Participants took some time to break the ice before they had live conversation with other Scouts in different parts of the world. A female participant from Dhaka named Oishee said she was enthralled by the unifying idea of Messengers of Peace. APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 11 P LE YO U N G P E O Educating Street Children through Scouting Ticket to Life is a flagship project of the Asia-Pacific Region that aims to integrate street children to society through Scouting. The region identified eight pilot countries for this project: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, and Sri Lanka. TTL is implemented in three phases. Phase 1 is the induction of Scouting values/educational values. Phase 2 is Scout advancement (to higher ranks), and Phase 3 is vocational orientation. The project has enrolled over 1,200 Scouts, both girls and boys, in the eight countries. Out of which, 196 have undertaken their vocational training and five have advanced to the highest rank in Scouting. In the last three years, two evaluation and planning exercises were undertaken by national TTL coordinators. First one was in Mirigama, Sri Lanka in October 2010 where it was reported that a large number of TTL members live in the streets due to poverty, neglect, or abandonment. Coordinators agreed that while they continue the advancement program for members to reach higher ranks in Scouting, they would also introduce vocational or livelihood training to equip them with income-generating skills. At the next evaluation and planning workshop in Manila, coordinators reported on skills training such as paper bag making, painting and mechanics. At the same time, Scout advancement has been closely monitored. In the troops, TTL members are taught how take care of themselves with proper hygiene, and take care of others through clean-up drives and tree planting activities. Looking back in 2007 (India) at the first project assessment, TTL coordinators dealt with clarifying the ideals of the project and framing proper documentation. In 2008 (Nepal), the workshop determined the general impact to the community. The 2009 workshop in Bangladesh focused on the impact of the project on individuals. Major donors for this project are World Scout Foundation, Asia Pacific Regional Scout Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, Sylvia Scout Foundation, Scout Association of Japan and Mr Eric Frank of the UK. Ultimately, the aspiration for Scouts under this project is for them to advance in Scouting knowledge as well as in life. 12 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 P LE YO U N G P E O Scouting and Special Needs With great excitement, 34 participants from different parts of the Asia-Pacific Region arrived in Perth, Western Australia for the APR Workshop on Scouting with Special Needs held from 6th to 9th April 2012. Participants came to share knowledge, develop ideas, and commit to act. Integration of young people with special needs in Scouting is not a new idea but it was the vision and wisdom of the Founder of Scouting Baden-Powell to give chance to these people to be active citizens and have fun using the Scouting program, and help to make the world treat them better. At the workshop, many sessions were delivered and ‘hard talk’ happened in small groups, which led participants to share in patrols their thoughts on program development for young people with special needs in Scouting. As a workshop finale, recommendations came up under three areas: training, networking/resources and program/activities. Scouts of the World Award Since the introduction of the Scouts of the World Award, several NSOs in the region joined the program and have introduced productive activities for their members. Hong Kong Rover Scouts share their story when they left for Mongolia in August 2010 for a two-week house construction project in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. From the capital city Ulaanbaatar, the team headed for Erdenet, located in the northern part of the country to do construction work which includes mixing cement, carrying blocks or bricks, painting, hammering and interior decoration. This community service project, initiated by Rovers under the guidelines of the Scouts of the World Award and under the guidance of Hong Kong Scout Association, aims to meet one of the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals for 2015 which is to eradicate extreme poverty which can be achieved through collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 13 P LE YO U N G P E O Focus on Youth Involvement Focus on youth involvement in the Asia-Pacific Region dates back to the 1970s through regional conference resolutions, reinforced by a world conference resolution in 1990. The first ever regional seminar was held in Thailand on 13th-16th November focusing mainly on youth involvement. There were 40 participants from 15 National Scout Organizations. The workshop discussed and explored involvement at various levels – units, community, and institution and concluded with strategic actions to be taken at national level. The second event – a workshop on youth programme development was held on March 2011 in Cambodia. Strengthening youth programme is the core business of Cambodia Scouts. Thirtynine participants came from all over the country with the purpose of having greater understanding of the Youth Programme Policy and the cycle of programme development. Powerful insights on personal leadership in the context of globalization and its greater uncertainties. Regional Scout Committee member Nicholas Tang said, “the non-formal education provided by organizations such as Scouting can ameliorate the impact of these changes through a structured programme under the guidance of an adult.” Brunei Darussalam had a similar commitment to pursue youth programme when it organized a National Youth Development Programme workshop from 3-7 December 2011 at the National Headquarters in Seri Begawan. Thirty key Scout leaders took part in the process of redesigning the youth programme with multi-pronged goals: revision of method based activities, emphasis on Scouting values, aiming at membership growth – and ultimately bringing positive experiences to young members. 14 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 YO UN G PE OP LE Regional Youth Forum The Regional Youth Forum is an ancillary event of APR Scout Conferences organized every three years. Attaching this event to the regional conference is to provide young people the opportunity for decision-making at the institution level of Scouting. For the 2012 youth forum, young people were consulted on the topic of their interest based on the conference theme â€œBridging the Gapâ€? using the online discussion site. Four topics emerged as the most popular: Bridging the gap with less privileged communities, bridging the gap and the environment, and bridging the digital divide. As of this writing, over 80 participants from over 20 countries have registered to take part in the forum. Young Adult Members Group (YAMG) Ten National Scout Organizations nominated their candidates for the YAMG for the term 20122015. Nominations are coming from Bangladesh, Scouts of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines and Thailand, consisting of 3 females and 7 males with ages from 18 to 22 years old. Out of the 10 candidates, six will be elected during the APR Youth Forum to be held on 17-21 November 2012 in Bangladesh. The six successful candidates will elect their chairman who will represent the YAMG to the Regional Scout Committee. The remaining five will serve in the five sub-committees: Youth Programme, Adult Support, Management, Finance and Scouting Profile. Apart from their sub-committee involvement, YAMG members will take part in planning and supporting the next APR Youth Forum in 2015. The Young Adult Members Group 2009-2012 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 15 A D ULT S Training for Unit Leaders Training of unit leaders is highly essential where the leader starts hisher understanding of the fundamental principles, structure and spirit of Scouting. From 2010, focus was on advanced training courses (wood badge) for unit leaders. Around 70 Vietnamese were trained in the Philippines in two separate courses. In Afghanistan, the first batch of wood badge trainees finally received their three beads. Nine associations took part in the first wood badge course designed for the South Pacific. Advanced Unit Leader Training is designed to assist a leader develop insight into the adult leaderâ€™s role and competence in leading the adult leadership team effectively, by providing him-her with a combination of theoretical knowledge, practical skills, methods, activities and program materials used in the section, so that the objectives of the association are met. First Wood Badge Course launched for South Pacific Scout Associations Nine Scout associations in the South Pacific took part in the very 1st Wood Badge Course at the Jean Murray National Training Center of Fiji Scout Association in Suva. Twenty-one unit leaders represented Fiji, Kiribati, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga and Vanuatu. The Asia-Pacific Region Office organized the course under the funding of the Messengers of Peace (MoP) for the purpose of spreading Scouting across the Pacific. 16 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 A D U LT S Vietnamese Leaders advance their knowledge Vietnamese leaders opted to take their wood badge training on Philippine soil with the support of Boy Scouts of the Philippines. The first batch was a group of 40 leaders, ages 19 to 61 years old, who completed their Wood Badge Course in Mt Makiling. 25th to 31st May with a seasoned training team from Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and the Philippines. Through the World Scout Foundation, the Wood badge training was funded by Bill Phillips of Ecuador. Earlier, Phillips funded the first batch in September 2010 at the same wood badge area in Mt Makiling. For the third series, 30 participants travelled from different parts of Vietnam. The course is the result of an overwhelming demand from Vietnamese applicants since the first advanced course in 2009. Afghan leaders receive the precious beads After the absence of Scouting in Afghanistan for over two decades, the first batch of participants who completed their woodbadge training finally received their beads and scarves. The five recipients are Ahmad Mubeen Muradi, Abdul Jalil Salimy, jawadullah Omary, Safi Ahmad Khir Andesh, and Muhammad Hashem Amiry who were among the 17 who qualified in 2006. They are now running Scout troops in different orphanages in Kabul. APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 17 A D U LT S Leader Training The World Adult Resources Policy gives great flexibility to NSOs to develop their own training scheme/patterns. They can best satisfy the particular needs of their own adults, provide modern techniques and increase their emphasis on the training of trainers based on local and cultural situations. The scheme for the training of trainers requires the development of two or three stage progressive levels of training. The first aims to train Assistant Leader Trainers (3-beaders) and the second stage aims to train Leader Trainers (4-beaders). Three training courses were undertaken in the last three years. The Scout Association of Hong Kong organized the Course for Assistant Leader Trainers for Chinese speaking NSOs. Pakistan and Indonesia organized their own Course for Leader Training with the support of the Asia-Pacific Region. Hong Kong Training of Trainers Hong Kong Scout Centre was the meeting place of 40 participants comprised of 27 locals and 13 others from Scouts of China, Macau, Malaysia and Singapore for the 15th Course for Assistant Leader Trainers (CALT) from 29th September to 4th October 2010. CALT is the first stage of the â€˜Two-Stage Approachâ€™ for Training of Trainers. Its aims are to introduce the principles and method of training and demonstrate the methods and techniques according to the needs of NSOs. This course is a prerequisite for a participant to become an Assistant Leader Trainer and will eventually become a 3-beader who is capable of conducting a basic training course. 18 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 A D U LT S Pakistan boosts training of leaders After a dry spell of eight years in the arena of leader training, an oasis of renewed energy emerged when a new batch of 39 participants took part in the 6th National Course for Leader Trainers of Pakistan Boy Scouts Association. This course took place at the Scouts Global Village in Islamabad. Thirty-nine participants came from nine out of ten provinces in Pakistan. Course modules used primarily the World Adult Resources Handbook with modification to suit the needs of PBSA. Sessions included Scouting knowledge, training skills, adult learning skills, leadership skills and personal development skills. Reinforcing the role of adult leaders Committed to reinforcing the role of leader trainers and providing them with the latest training techniques, Gerakan Pramuka Indonesia (GPI) co-organized the Course for the Leader Trainers from 24th to 30th November 2011 along with the Asia-Pacific Regional Office. Thirty two participants attended mainly from Indonesia, and the rest from Bangladesh, Japan and Thailand. GPI designed the course as an invitation program to other leaders from overseas. APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 19 A D U LT S Ways to make AIS and Training System work for Scouting The 3R principle: Recruit, Retrain and Recognize were posed as the main challenge for the participants of the Regional Workshop on Effective National Adult Resources Committee and National Training System. Twenty-five representatives from 10 National Scout Organizations gathered at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Centre in Tokyo on 16-19 September for the event. Participants had a common goal: to understand the importance of the revised World Policy on Adults in Scouting (AIS) as the workshop provided the platform for these adults to exchange ideas and share experiences. And the greater aim is to strengthen adult support in implementing adult training effectively. Regional Scout Committee First ViceChairman Dr Mukhyuddin appreciated the Scout Association of Japan (SAJ) for organizing the event. He commended the versatility, dynamism and passion of adult leaders and posed the challenge of how volunteerism could be sustained through the 3R principle. A milestone for AIS in Maldives Strengthening AIS in Malaysia In June 2011, the Scout Association of Maldives launched the four-day Adults in Scouting workshop for Commissioners and unit leaders held at the Maldives Centre for Social Education in Maleâ€™. The workshop aimed at improving the management of volunteer adults, which has been constantly emphasized to enhance the effectiveness of the Scout association. The workshop was a long felt need to strengthen the management of adults of the association and to underscore the true nature of volunteerism. In Scout Association of Malaysia is firm in strengthening its adult resources management with a 4-day workshop on Adults in Scouting (AIS) held at International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization in Kuala Lumpur from 3rd to 6th June 2011.. Topics covered were the concept of AIS, recruitment & selection, job identification/description, training and support, roles of adult relationship with young people, appraisal system, retention strategy, recognition and reward, and decision for the future. 20 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 A D U LT S Strengthening synergy of programme and training The Woodhouse Scout Centre in Adelaide gathered representatives from 11 National Scout Organizations for the second Regional Forum for Programme and Training Commissioners. The forum was the second of a series that first started in July 2009 in Siem Riep, Cambodia. Strengthening the synergy between Programme and Training arose from the 2005 World Scout Conference resolution calling the World Scout Committee and the regions to focus on this vital aspect of supporting adults in Scouting. Including Australia, a total of 30 participants attended the forum with the purpose of gathering national programme and training commissioners to discuss and share policies and promising practices. Global perspectives are also shared in terms of “education for life” and “education for leadership” and a big focus on educational methods and e-learning. Japan Prefectural Commissioners and Rovers briefed on AIS Taking advantage of the presence of seasoned resources persons for Adults in Scouting (AIS), the Scout Association of Japan organized a three-day dialogue with Scout Leaders from 47 prefectures of Japan and 40 Rovers. Dr Mak Wai Ming introduced the AIS World Policy adopted at the 39th World Scout Conference in Brazil. Using the catchword “West meets East,” Dr Mak stressed the cultural differences between East and West, and the possible solutions for the effective implementation of AIS. He emphasized AIS policy as being flexible, and compared the evolution of Human Resource Management principles outside the Scout Movement against the AIS Policy elements of WOSM. By sharing the 8-point Tree Model used in Hong Kong for trainers, which encompasses the core values of Scouting, he stressed the need for a new mindset to meet the elements of systems thinking and learning organization. Paul Parkinson covered the “In-service Support” as one of the key elements in the life cycle of an adult in Scouting. He explained the role of support in the life cycle, why it is important, and why support should be there. Leader Trainers Forum in Indonesia Gerakan Pramuka arranged a Leader Trainers Forum in Cibubur, Jakarta on 1-4 December 2011. The forum was designed mainly for 24 Senior Trainers from different provinces of Indonesia, to update them with international perspectives on adult training and development, and to discuss the trends of world Scouting. Topics were maximized for the four-day event: Youth Programme, Adults in Scouting, Managing Change, Adult Learning, Leadership and ADDIE model, and Problem Solving. They also discussed issues related to the management of Training of Trainers in Indonesia. APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 21 M A NA G E ME N T Scout Leaders Summit envisions the future Scouting reached another milestone at the 7th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Leaders Summit in Bangalore, having so far the largest participation since the Summit started in 1993. Around 140 key leaders from 22 NSOs in Asia-Pacific Region and three countries from other regions joined the four-day deliberations from 24th to 27th June. The summit underscored the importance of a vision with an elaboration on the cause of Scouting including its own mission and vision. Discussions in group and plenary was part of the process in creating the APR Vision 2020. Focus areas for the planning period 2012-2015 were identified. The Vision Statement reads “By 2020, Scouting in the Asia Pacific Region is recognized as the preferred and leading educational youth movement offering relevant programme in all segments of society.” Various elements emerged as the focus for 20122015 classified under young people, adults, NSO, Management, Resources, Scouting Profile, and community. Sub-Committee Chairmen gave updates on the region’s key challenges identified at the last regional Scout conference, which are membership growth and community-based Scouting. The presence of World Scout Committee members led to lively and open discussions on WOSM governance, registration fees, and the forthcoming World Scout Conference in Brazil. Overall the Summit largely achieved its purpose. The Recommendations Committee put on record the Summit’s appreciation to the Bharat Scouts & Guides led by National Chief Commissioner L.M. Jain and Executive Head of Host Organizing Committee Mohammad Ali Khalid for the magnificent hosting, and to the young Scouts who added colour and brilliance to the entire event with their energetic cultural performances. It was a very rare occasion to gather key world and local leaders at one place and time. Indeed the Summit was the best opportunity for dialogue between local leaders of Karnataka State and representatives of WOSM for a briefing on world Scouting. Over 80 leaders attended. The open forum became an intellectual and interactive exercise about Scouting in general. APR VISION 2020 By 2020, Scouting in the Asia Pacific Region is recognized as the preferred and leading educational youth movement offering relevant programme in all segments of society. 22 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 M A N AG E M E N T Regional Scout Committee met 6 times in 3 years Since the current Regional Scout Committee started its term at the 23rd APR Scout Conference in Kuala Lumpur, the committee met six times in six different countries to tackle issues of national, regional, and global interest. Highlights of meetings Singapore, 27-28 February 2010. Chairman Jejomar Binay briefed the committee on his attendance at the World Scout Committee meeting held in September 2009. This follows the practice for all Regional Chairmen to share their report at regional committee meetings. The committee also heard progress reports from subcommittee chairmen including the Young Adult Members Group. Various recommendations arising from regional workshops were reviewed and the committee also dealt at length on the resolutions adopted at the Malaysia Regional Scout Conference. A Task Force was appointed to review the regional constitution and resolutions that have constitutional bearing. Representatives from Scouts of China, Pakistan and the Philippines gave updates on their progress related to the CNV held in their countries a year before. The annual reporting on the CNV by Chief Commissioners has become a regular feature of RSC meetings during the triennium. Bangalore, 23 June 2010. The Regional Scout Committee covered a voluminous agenda related to regional operations. Shortly before that, all seven subcommittees: Youth Programme, Adult Support, Finance, Management, Finance, Scouting Profile and Membership gathered for two days for their regular meeting with a common agenda to review the regional plan 2009-2012, and timetable to complete their tasks. The committee approved the application of Scouts of China to host the 28th APR Scout Jamboree on 11-17 July 2011. Likewise, the committee granted to Sri Lanka Scout Association the hosting of the 29th APR Scout Jamboree. In a special gathering, the APR Scout Foundation hosted an impressive dinner to raise funds and welcome new members. Seoul, 30-31 October 2010. The RSC arranged the meeting in Seoul in conjunction with the WSPU General Assembly. First Vice-Chairman Prakorb Mukura presided over the meeting on behalf of the Regional Chairman Jejomar Binay. Secretary General Luc Panissod attended the meeting in full. Among many others, the Committee endorsed the conference theme and logo and approved the proposed dates and venues of the 24th Asia Pacific regional Scout Conference and its ancillary events. Manila, 16-17 April 2011. The committee tackled numerous issues, one of them is the approval of the new implementing guidelines for recognizing youth events, in particular the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Jamboree, as endorsed by the APR Youth Programme Sub-Committee. This new guideline specifies that beyond 2013, the Asia Pacific Regional Scout Jamboree will be held once in every four years in between World Scout Jamborees. Also at this meeting, a revised Youth Forum guideline was endorsed and accepted in time for the Dhaka regional Youth Forum in 2012. Each Sub-committee chairman, with the support of APR executives, drafted the strategic statements of the APR Plan 20122015. Chonburi, 22-23 October 2011. The Committee approved the draft statements and objectives of the APR Plan 2012-2015 – the outcome of the two-day strategic planning forum. WOSM Secretary General Luc Panissod gave a brief on world Scouting affairs, citing recent involvements and activities. He said that the World Scout Committee is using a more flexible structure to address concerns that the World Scout Conference (Brazil) asked to deal with, which could be achieved through new ways of working and long term perspectives. The committee discussed the guideline for the election process of Regional Scout Committee Chairman and ViceChairmen, and some proposals for constitutional change. With membership growth as the emphasis of the current triennium, the committee approved the criteria for recognizing NSOs that have positive growth rate and membership development strategy. A new regional award, the APR Medal for Meritorious Contribution to Scouting, was created. Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 2012. The RSC finalized matters related to the Regional Scout Conference in November 2012, including the conference agenda and guest package for special events. It also approved the proposal for the educational tour, which is a train journey to the Sylhet region. Members spent time for an ocular visit to the conference venue, and proposed venues for the Youth Forum and Course for Leader Trainers. The committee also approved three discussion topics for the Youth Forum chosen from responses in the on-line bulletin boards. An exciting full package for accompanying persons was endorsed to include visits to historical, cultural and development institutions. APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 23 M A N AG E M E N T Regional Strategic Planning Regional committee sets framework for triennial plan 2012-2015 Manila, Philippines. The Regional Scout Committee (RSC), at its meeting on 16 April in Makati City, accepted the framework for the region’s strategic planning exercise. They made key decisions that membership growth is the goal of the strategic plan for 2012-2015 and the sub-committees will be actively involved in identifying key strategies for the next triennium. After the meeting, RSC member Nicholas Tang, with the support of regional consultant Kirsty Brown, facilitated a half-day discussion among sub-committee chairmen which was also attended by a number of regional Scout committee members. Before embarking on a new plan, the group brainstormed to clarify assumptions and to challenge traditional mental models or practices. Discussions ended with the crafting of strategic statements of the region’s priorities, namely young people, adults, management, finance, and Scouting Profile. Chonburi, Thailand. The joint strategic planning forum of all sub-committees of the Asia Pacific Region took place at Sriracha, Chonburi Province in Thailand on 20-21 October. Over 60 sub-committee members were in attendance. Regional Scout Committee Nicholas Tang presented the APR Strategic Planning framework and explained the system loops, key leverages and the interaction between sub systems. He highlighted the Regional Vision 2020 which was agreed at the APR Scout Leaders Summit in Bangalore in 2010. Each sub-committee worked on their focus areas for 2012-2015, fine-tuned the strategic statements, drafted the objectives, and set the timeline. Priority areas for 2012-2015 are Sri Lanka Some 30 key Scout leaders of Sri Lanka Scouts Association from around the country gathered in Mirigama from 10th to 15th October 2010 to review the association’s strategic plan “Towards 2013”. The plan includes objectives and action steps for 2008 to 2010 that was adopted in 2004 focusing on youth programme, adult leadership, finance, management, and public relations. In the review, changes were noted in the policy involving young people in decision-making. Membership growth seminars were held in seven provinces with the introduction of female members and the training of more adult leaders. In addition, major upgrades were made on the Scout centres and camps in Mirigama and in Nuwara-Eliya. Around 14 troops were formed in war-affected zones in the north and east of Sri Lanka. Cambodia The National Association of Cambodian Scouts (NACS) developed its national strategic plan with the support of Asia-Pacific Regional office. Forty participants from 24 provinces took part in the planning exercise to collectively agree on a vision. Participants hold pivotal roles at national and provincial level. Since the acceptance of NACS as member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 2008, it was the first time they gathered to draw a strategic plan that would sustain the growth of Scouting around the country. They identified priority areas to support the achievement of the vision and the mission of Scouting. 24 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 M A N AG E M E N T National Strategic Planning Nepal. With the support of the Asia-Pacific Region, Nepal Scouts had its National Strategic Plan Review Workshop to assess its work during the last three years and set its direction for the next three years. The workshop presented Nepal Scoutsâ€™ major achievements on youth involvement, volunteers in Scouting, organization of the 21st Century, scouting profile, finance and membership growth. Emphasis was on the importance of monitoring and periodic review of the plan and knowing that drafting the plan is only a part of the work but its real value is implementation at all levels. The workshop gathered 40 participants, comprised of National Commissioners from different districts of Nepal, a number of young people and two Finnish Scouts. As part of the partnership project currently undertaken between Nepal and Finland, two representatives of Finland scouts joined the review. India. The Bharat Scouts and Guides is one of the NSOs that started long range planning since 2002, having the first Strategic Planning Workshop that produced a ten-year plan from 20022013. Since then, The Bharat Scouts and Guides reviewed and monitored the plan regularly. In the five-day workshop, participants from 17 states shared with counterparts at national headquarters their achievements and challenges. Together they prepared the blueprint of their plan for the next three years. The workshop was a joint undertaking of WOSM and WAGGGS. Fiji. The planning started with a vision â€“ to be self-reliant, well managed, co-educational and with 10,000 members by 2020. This was the conclusive statement of the National Strategic Planning Workshop held from 30 April to 4 May 2011 at the National Headquarters in Suva where 25 key leaders of Fiji Scouts Association crafted the vision statement. To achieve the vision, a series of actions were agreed such as providing a challenging and attractive youth program with the help of competent and dedicated leaders, and enhancing international and local partnerships. APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 25 Scout executives update management skills Scout executives from NSOs participated in the 48th APR Basic Management Course at the National Scout Training Centre in Mouchak, Bangladesh. The course held on 2-6 February 2010 focused on various Scouting elements in the areas of management, human relations, conflict management, PR and media relations, events management, among others. A total of 38 participants came from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. During an earlier meeting of the APR Management Sub-committee in Sri Lanka, the sub-committee decided to review the courseâ€™s two-week duration and make it more flexible. Some options are either to introduce modular units or to give pre-course assignments to participants so that, in future courses, subjects are aligned to specific needs of NSOs. Scouts Leaders learn how to be successful managers It was a historic occasion to inaugurate the newly-built Rajasthan State Scout Training Centre in Jagatpura in India with the hosting of the 4th Asia-Pacific Region Advanced Management Course held on 3-9 March 2010. The Scout building is situated at the outskirts of Jaipur which is popularly known as the Pink City. Its pink palace-like faĂ§ade blends well with the city. The remarks of Chief Commissioner L. M Jain assimilated the gist of the course: to get trained in the art of management as a continuous process and effort. It is more of learning by doing, learning from success and failures, and learning from the experiences of others. Management courses become relevant for the purpose of learning the tools, skills and strategies to become successful managers. The course attracted 19 participants, mostly from the different states of India together with participants from Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Nepal, Singapore and Thailand. In seven days, the course covered topics on management, qualities of an effective National Scout Organization, risk management, dimensions of organizational structure, managing people for best results, learning organization, change management, marketing of Scouting and growth, PR and media relations. 26 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 Risk Management Cambodia augments management capability More than 40 key leaders of Cambodia Scouts from different parts of the country attended the four-day National Workshop on Building Management Capabilities at the Council of Ministers complex in Phnom Penh from 25-28 September 2012. The workshop was timely for Cambodia Scouts to develop a certain degree of organizational strength that could add to the capability of Scout leaders. Participants looked into strategic management, human resources development and membership growth, that could bring substantial development to Scouting in Cambodia. Cambodia Scouts, which became a full member of WOSM in 2008, has a current membership of over 10,000. Being the youngest member country of WOSM in the region, the Asia-Pacific office has been supporting Cambodia Scouts in youth programme, adult support and training, and organizational structure. APR Management Meeting in Manila Three annual APR Management Meetings were concluded during the triennium. At the August 2010 meeting, Regional Scout Committee Chairman Jejomar C. Binay met the executives of the World Scout Bureau, his first official visit to the regional office as the Vice-President of the Republic of the Philippines. Chairman Binay said that the management meeting is the best time to assess the region’s yearly performance while keeping in mind the many challenges and global problems that confront the world today. The management meeting is a regular annual event held at the regional office to review the region’s performance and decide field activities for the next fiscal year. The meeting focused on “support to NSOs” using the CNV indicators and recommendations from each visit, and then identify areas where the APR could offer more assistance. Participants of the management meeting were World Scout Bureau Executive Director Mr Jim Sharp, Management Sub-Committee Chairman Mr Janaprith Fernando, (the late) Regional Treasurer Dr. Renato Paras and the Asia-Pacific executives headed by Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed. In August 2011, it was the first attendance of Mr Paul Ho (Hong Kong), who was appointed on 1st August as the new Regional Treasurer and Financial Resources Sub Committee Chairman Sonny Kim Seung Su. And in June 2012, newly appointed World Scout Bureau Chief Operating Officer Aidan Jones attended the meeting, together with Executive Director Jim Sharp. Risk management policy for quality Scouting “It is high time for NSOs to develop a risk management policy to strengthen public confidence in what we do and how we do it”, said APR Management Sub-Committee Chairman Janaprith Fernando at the opening of the Asia-Pacific Sub-Regional Risk Management Workshop in Mouchak, Bangladesh. The workshop, held on 26th to 29th January 2012, was a gathering of 40 Scout leaders from eight countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Malaysia, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Gaining knowledge and skills on risk management that could be adapted elsewhere was the common expectation from the participants. Discussions centered on Safe from Harm environment and the responsibility of NSOs in safety, security and risk management processes. APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 27 Committee NSO Visit completes full cycle in 26 NSOs A comprehensive document has been produced to chronicle the entire first cycle of the Committee NSO Visit (CNV) that spanned four years between March 2008 to July 2012, covering all 26 NSOs in the AsiaPacific Region. The CNV commenced in 2008 following its adoption at the 22nd APR Scout Conference in Japan in October 2007. Conference resolution 14/07 (a) states: “Recalling the function of the APR Committee to promote cooperation and mutual assistance amongst the scout organizations in the Region The CNV is designed to assist NSOs in delivering and (Article IX), the Conference endorses the paper continually improving the quality of Scouting. An “Committee NSO Visit” (CNV) and urges the full evaluation tool was provided to all NSOs outlining what cooperation of NSOs in its implementation.” is to be emphasized to be an effective NSO. A number of occasions were on hand to share the The evaluation tool to assess the effectiveness of a CNV concept with colleagues outside the Asia-Pacific NSO was based on the concept of “Qualities of an Region, such as the presentation for key leaders Effective NSO” developed at APR committee level of Inter-american Region at the 2011 World Scout and discussed at the 5th APR Leaders Summit in May Conference in Brazil and at several meetings of Ex2006. It was acknowledged that countries working ecutive Directors of the World Scout Bureau. towards becoming members of WOSM are required to comply with a set of criteria before they can be The CNV focused on eight indicators: Constiturecommended as WOSM members. Once a member tion, Mission and Vision, Management, Youth however, there are no continuing measures to ensure Programme, Adult Resources, Relationships and NSOs maintain minimum standards to effectively Communications, Resources Development, and achieve the mission of Scouting. Research and Development. 28 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 NSO Essential Elements of CNV The CNV used the evaluation tool as the main springboard for stimulating discussions on specific issues. The tool focused on eight elements. First, the Constitution and governing rules of the NSO were reviewed and this includes legal recognition by the country of existence and protection of intellectual properties. A number of organizational issues were dealt with at national level, with follow-up on the implementation of policies adopted at world level. The Mission and Vision are important as they define the aims and objectives of the NSO to its members and the broader community. Vis-Ă -vis the mission were discussions on how the NSO vision indeed reflects the overall paradigm of the development of youth in local communities. It is imperative that NSOs have a clear distinction between the rights, responsibilities and duties of NSO management and local groups and it is very important that unity exists between these two groups. Elements of the educational methods were highlighted, starting with providing relevant, interesting and challenging youth programs and the need for periodic research and analysis on human behavior and the needs of young people. The role of adult leaders was seen as imperative at all levels from the local group to the top leaders who influence the running of the Scout Movement. Therefore, the policies that affect the management of adults in Scouting were given emphasis and that these incorporate support mechanisms at all levels. The CNV stressed that NSO must have a National Adult Resource Policy (NARP) that goes beyond the provision of competency-based training and promotes the continual professional growth of adult volunteers. This includes the adoption and implementation of the World Adult Resources Policy and the Adults in Scouting framework. Communication is key to the suc- cess of organizations, therefore, the CNV reiterated the need to review the systems and communication tools they use to run and promote the organization both internally and externally. Based on the capacity of NSOs, it was made clear that to reach audiences, there was a need for a communication strategy with emphasis that traditional methods of communications and relationships have changed in light of globalization. The CNV tool defines Resources Development as ensuring that the NSO utilizes all business skills to allow it to make the most of its resources. As much as possible, NSOs should be asset rich and have limited liabilities. This could be achieved by maximizing the use of existing resources to influence finance generation and ensure that the right people are managing this facet of the NSO. It is important for NSOs to ensure that they are up to date with the changing trends of the communities they are based in. In order to be effective and efficient the NSO must continually understand the needs of their audiences through review, research and development . APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 29 NSO Services to NSOs take a new turn through consultancy Starting March 2011, the Asia Pacific Region launched a new approach to provide direct services to NSOs in the form of consultancy with key leaders of Scout associations. The introduction of consultancy visit was derived from Committee NSO Visit (CNV) recommendations that later became a Regional Scout Committee decision to provide tailor-made support to NSOs that would address their actual, vital and critical needs. After the success of the first cycle of CNV mission to NSOs in the last three years, the real challenge was to translate intentions into actions and start the work on what was immediate and relevant. Pakistan . First to embark on this undertaking was Pakistan Boy Scouts Association for a week of internal consultancy together with the desk officer from the APR office. Before the visit, focal areas were identi fied by the P BSA. These are drafting of National Adult Resources Policy, developing a concept for Global Development Village, and creating operational procedures for a documentation centre. Papua New Guinea. To boost Scouting in Papua New Guiea, the Asia-Pacific Regional office arranged a visit to PNG from 14th to 24th November 2011 to support the association in capacity building. To overcome challenging issues, the meeting started with situational analysis, and then reviewed the organizational structure and job description of volunteer and professional positions. Other areas came up such as identification of services that the national association provides its members, progress of CNV recommendations, and action planning. The consultancy visit formulated a new PNG Vision, job descriptions for major positions at national level and a decision to appoint leaders for key volunteer positions. The professional staff structure and job description were also formulated. Cambodia. Taking place at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh, the consultancy in August 2012 tackled two areas for consideration and scope of work. The first was the review and development of the national strategic plan and its effective implementation. Second is the review of advancement scheme and giving direction to provincial level for its implementation by tapping the 44 new Woodbadge holders. Bhutan. For Scouts in Bhutan, two areas are of prime importance. First, establish a national award system for adults and, second, develop a plan to institutionalize the issue of warrants for adults and honorable charges for trainers. Trainers from Hong Kong and the Philippines showed models for the various award systems. During this visit, the association committed to work on the recognition scheme and to institutionalize the adult appointment system. 30 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 NSO WOSM conducts Consulting Skills Workshop for Building Internal Consultants Responding to new strategies for consultancy approach to support NSOs in their development and growth, WOSM organized the Consulting Skills Workshop for Building Internal Consultants in Rizal Province, Philippines in August 2012. This was the first time the World Scout Bureau organized this type of workshop with the Asia-Pacific Regional office taking the lead to plan and host the event. Participants came from five regions and the central office, and volunteers from Australia, Indonesia and the United Kingdom. Secretary General Luc Panissod sent a message expressing a high degree of paternity for the concept of global support system and consultancy and believing that the workshop will bring new dimensions and opportunities to improve WOSM services to NSOs. Malaysia-based International Training Development (ITD) facilitated the workshop. September 2012. Maldives. The Scout Association of Maldives (SAM) engaged the services of APR specialists for a week-long consultancy in MalĂŠ from in The visit focused on building capacities in three areas: review adult recognition award system and develop a plan to implement it effectively; review the advancement scheme of youth programme; and study the co-relationship between young members and adult leaders. Brunei Darussalam. A small team of regional leaders was in Brunei Darussalam in September 2012 to carry out discussions with the Scout associationâ€™s key leaders. Focal talking points were the review of draft national Adults in Scouting Policy; establishment of National Rover Council and activation of the Program Committee to accomplish tasks at all levels. These areas a follow-up of the youth programme development workshop last year where the Scout association committed to redesign youth programme making it more dynamic and attractive to their members. Concept for NSO services The APR Management Sub-Committee developed a concept paper on Services from National Scout Organizations identifying the services provided by NSOs to its members in the context of todayâ€™s customer-oriented world. The paper was prepared as a reference for NSOs in understanding their customers and strengthening their services. APR Specialist Panel Asia-Pacific Region formed the APR Specialist Panel consisting of panel of experts in different NSOs. The panel will consist of leaders who possess expertise in the areas of Youth Programme, Adults in Scouting, Communications and Marketing, IT, Fundraising, Governance and Strategy, Management, Events Management, Consulting and Needs Analysis. APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 31 NSO NSOs in Southeast Asia reaffirm mutual support National Scout Organizations in Southeast Asia had a two-day gathering in Chiangmai, Thailand for the 3rd Conference of the ASEAN Scouts Association for Regional Cooperation (ASARC). Outgoing Chairman Dr Azrul Azwar chaired the meeting and reports of the 3rd ASEAN Jamboree (Singapore) and the 2nd ASARC conference (Indonesia 2008) were presented. Chief Commissioners of all seven ASARC member countries were present with the participation of the Chief Scout of Malaysia Dato Dr Shafie Salleh. Two Scouting groups represented Vietnam. Thailand expressed to continue supporting Vietnam, while Cambodia will help re-introduce Scouting in neighboring Laos. The comprehensive work of Scouts Australia in Timor Leste was commended. For the next two years, more youth activities are planned for ASARC including youth roundtable gatherings, Rover Moot and COMDECA. Another Leader Training Course is being eyed after the success of the first course held in Indonesia. New ideas emerged such as holding a workshop on the working model of school-based Scouting to be hosted by Malaysia and the development of Scout properties to be hosted by the Philippines. The conference endorsed the nomination of the Chief Commissioner of Malaysia Dato Shahrum as the new Chairman of ASARC for the next three years with Mr Sutham Phanthusak of Thailand as Treasurer. The conference also agreed to hold the next ASARC conference in the Philippines in 2015. ASARC was formed in 2007 at their first meeting in Malaysia for the purpose of sharing resources and jointly organizing Scouting activities within Southeast Asia. NSOs in South Asia reinvents itself as SAANSO Scout associations in South Asia are collectively renamed South Asia Association of National Scout Organizations (SAANSO) with Nepal Scouts as its secretariat. Chief Commissioner of Nepal Scouts, Shree Ram Lamachhane, who is also designated as coordinator of SAANSO facilitated the recognition of this body by SAARC in February 2011. Chief Commissioner of Bhutan, Mr Chencho Dorji, currently chairs the SAANSO. Some members of the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee met the Secretary General of SAARC, Mr Ahmed Saleem, in Kathmandu in April 2012 to brief him about Scouting in the SAARC area, one of the main coordinating bodies of youth activities in the sub-region. Annual Scout events among the SAARC countries have been a regular feature since 1990 starting with the first SAARC Scout Jamboree in Sri Lanka. Since then, Scout events continued around the SAARC area with the inclusion of Afghanistan. 32 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 NSO Council of South Pacific Scout Associations The Council of South Pacific Scout Associations (CSPSA), formerly known as SPENSOC (South Pacific Emerging National Scout Organizations Council), was formally established by the 17th APR Scout Conference in 1992 in Jakarta. The aim was to encourage mutual cooperation, coordinate support from outside organizations, and establish lines of communication between SPENSOC members and WOSM. SPENSOC was dissolved in 1998 and renamed itself as CSPSA. Its aim became more expansive yet specific which is to encourage mutual cooperation and coordinate support from outside organizations as well as help develop Youth Program, adult resources and development and to promote Scouting in the South Pacific. Since May 2004, the CSPSA has met every two years. Fiji hosted the forum in 2004, Vanuatu in 2006, French Polynesia in 2008, Tonga in 2010, and New Caledonia in 2012. At the CSPSA Forum in July 2012, Mr. Sere Kala, Chief Commissioner of the Scout Association of Papua New Guinea, was elected chairman of the council and Chief Commissioner of Solomon Islands, Mr. Joe Billy Oge was elected vice-chairman. CSPSA will convene again in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea in 2014. New Caledonia. CSPSA held its 7th Forum at a very impressive plenary hall of the South Pacific Commission Secretariat in Noumea. The Scouts and Guides New Caledonia hosted the forum on 16 July 2012. Twenty two delegates comprising of Chief Commissioners and key leaders from ten countries in the Pacific attended the event, that includes Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. This was the largest CSPSA gathering since it began its regular bi-annual meeting in 2004. Another ten observers from partner NSOs were present including Scouts Australia, Scouts de France, Scouting New Zealand, and The Scout Association (UK). Major items on the agenda were the election of 20122014 office bearers with discussion on the achievements and challenges of CSPSA members. The council reaffirmed the offer of Papua New Guinea to host the next forum in mid 2014 in Port Moresby to be followed by the 2016 forum in Honiara, Solomon Islands. As an ancillary event, a four-day workshop was set for 17-20 July in Noumea covering membership registration system, resources development, financial management, and NSO Constitution. Several important events in the South Pacific islands are lined up including a Centenary Jamboree in Fiji in August 2014, Soccer Tournament for Scouts Teams in Tonga in mid 2013, and Tuvalu will welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge William and Kate in September 2012. Tonga. “I have no hesitation to support Scouting for its noble values” was the message of the Honourable Minister Lord Tuivakano, Minister of the Training, Employment, Youth and Sports of the Kingdom of Tonga, while inaugurating the forum of the Council of the South Pacific Scout Associations (CSPSA). The forum took place in June 2010 in Nuku’alofa, the capital of Tonga. Meeting in the islands were mainly Chief Commissioners of nine national Scout associations in the South Pacific – Cook Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Island, Papua New Guinea and Tonga, with over twenty participants. Main discussion was the follow-up of recommendations held in 2008 in Tahiti, and other points of interest were membership criteria and membership fees. In conjunction with the Forum, a four-day workshop, as in the past four gatherings, was organized where NSOs shared their strategic focus. Collectively, focus areas for the next two years are youth programme implementation, adult support and membership growth. The Forum and workshop were held with the generous support of the Scout Association (UK), the International Scout and Guide Federation (ISGF) and Scouting New Zealand. APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 33 POT ENT IAL COUNTR IES Afghanistan. Through the Physiotherapy And Rehabilitation Support to Afghanistan (PARSA), a non-government organization, Scouting is active at orphanage in Ghor province. Now there are two troops flourishing on their own and have started two separate programs in the community. PARSA’s hope is to introduce the Scouting program to orphans to show the community that dealing with them “hands on” could create a lasting impact on their lives. Expansion started in Bamiyan Province with a goal of going nationwide. Several activities were undertaken even under difficult circumstances. For instance, the orphanage troop in Ghor Province had the 1st Orientation Unit Leaders Training Course between September and October 2010. The event came as a surprise for the people in the district to see Scouts in a public prayer and invited by a youth union. They painted and wrote peace messages on walls and bulkhead. Efforts are also made to advance Scouting even outside the capital. In November 2011, a total 31 participants including six female members coming from Kabul, Bamyam, Ghor, Halmand and Nagarhar underwent the Basic Scout Unit Leaders Training Course, organized by WOSM Asia Pacific Region and PARSA. Besides PARSA, two other NGOs, Afghanistan Strategic Research and Services Organization and PEACE Group sent their adult leaders to this course. The Asia-Pacific Region has been actively supporting the revival of Scouting in Afghanistan since 2003 and a number of adult training courses have been conducted in recent years. Timor Leste. In response to the invitation of the Asia-Pacific Region to support Scouting in Timor Leste, Mr Neville Tomkins AOM, shared this report on the direct support of Scouts Australia to Scouting in Timor Leste. Back in 2009, the NEC of Scouts Australia decided to give priority in terms of international projects, to supporting Timor Leste Scouting over the coming years. In summary, these are 5 key elements of support to be provided by Scouts Australia: • • • • Establishing the National Office for UNE-TL. To this end, Scouts Australia is providing much needed funding to furnish the Dili office, ranging from laptops with internet connection, and furniture, to air-conditioning and security arrangements. Assistance with Leader training and development of a strategy for intense training of adult volunteers Establishment of an activities centre fitted with an ablution block, the Centre will also serve as a training facility, storage depot, and administration centre for major activities. Partnership between Scouts Australia, Rotary, and Rotaract to improve sanitation in selected schools throughout Timor Leste, and at a busy transport node. This service project will see Rovers, volunteer Leaders and Rotarians from Australia work “hand-in-hand” with Scouts from Timor Leste, Rotarians and Rotaract members from Dili to improve sanitation at these sites. Support for youth members. Scouts Australia is funding a number of scholarships for Venturer and Rover aged youth from Timor Leste to attend international Scouts events, in Australia and beyond. • 34 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 National Scout Organizations that hosted regional events APR Ticket to Life Evaluation & Planning Workshop 28-31 January 2010, Mouchak Bangladesh Scouts 48th APR Basic Management Course for Professional Scout Executives 2-16 February 2010, Mouchak Bangladesh Scouts 4th APR Advanced Management Course for Professional Scout Executives 3-9 March 2010 Jaipur, India The Bharat Scouts & Guides APR Workshop on Membership Growth 20-23 May 2010, Johor Bahru Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia APR Workshop on Community-Based Scouting 27-30 May 2010, Davao City, Philippines Boy Scouts of the Philippines Council of South Pacific Associations (CSPSA) Forum & Multi-Purpose Workshop 14-19 June 2010, Tongatapu, Tonga The Scout Association of Tonga Branch 7th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Leaders Summit 24-27 June 2010, Bangalore The Bharat Scouts & Guides 27th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Jamboree/3rd International Patrol Jamboree 4-9 August 2010, Suncheon, Korea Korea Scout Association 6th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Air/ Internet Jamboree 7-8 August 2010 Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia Regional Communication Forum 29 September-2 October 2010 Thimpu, Bhutan Bhutan Scouts Association APR Ticket to Life Evaluation & Planning Workshop 5-8 October 2010, Mirigama Sri Lanka Scout Association APR Seminar on Youth Involvement 13-16 November 2010, Sriracha National Scout Organization of Thailand International Seminar on Environment Education & Biodiversity 4-7 June 2011, Jakarta Gerakan Pramuka 28th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Jamboree/Scouts of China Centenary and 10th National Jamboree 11-17 July 2011, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 7th Asia-Pacific Regional Air/Internet Jamboree 6-7 August 2011 The General Association of the Scouts of China National Programme and Training Commissioner’s Forum 31 August – 03 September 2011, Adelaide, Scouts Australia APR Workshop on Effective National Adult Resource Committee and National Training System 16-19 September 2011, Tokyo Scouts Association of Japan APR Ticket to Life Evaluation & Planning Workshop 7-10 October 2011, Manila Boy Scouts of the Philippines APR Workshop on Partnership and Fundraising 15-18 October 2011, Seoul Korea Scout Association APR Workshop on Innovative Leadership & Effective Communications 18 – 21 November 2011, Colombo Sri Lanka Scout Association Asia-Pacific Sub-Regional Risk Management Workshop 26-29 January 2012, Mouchak Bangladesh Scouts 29th Asia-Pacific Regional and Sri Lanka Centenary Scout Jamboree 1-6 April 2012, Dambulla Sri Lanka Scout Association APR Workshop on Scouting for Young people with Special Needs 6-9 April 2012, Perth Scouts Australia APR Workshop on Environment Education in Scouting 4-7 June 2012, Sandakan Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia APR Workshop for Correspondents 22-25 June 2012, Manila Boy Scouts of the Philippines Council of South Pacific Scout Associations Forum and Workshop 16-20 July 2012, Noumea Scouts & Guides of New Caledonia Wood Badge Course for the Council of South Pacific Scout Associations 22-28 July 2012, Suva Fiji Scouts Association 8th APR Scout Air/Internet Jamboree 4-5 August 2012 Korea Scout Association APR Workshop on Membership Growth Review 2012 7-10 September 2012 The Scout Association of Macau APR Workshop on Community-Based Scouting 21-24 September 2012, New Delhi The Bharat Scouts & Guides Asia-Pacific Regional Course for Leader Trainers 15-21 November 2012, Mouchak Bangladesh Scouts 7th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Youth Forum 17-21 November 2012, Savar Bangladesh Scouts 24th APR Scout Conference 24-29 November 2012, Dhaka Bangladesh Scouts APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 35 FIN A N C E Partnership and Fundraising The linkage and difference between partnership and fundraising was thoroughly explored at the APR Workshop on Partnership and Fundraising at the Seoul Olympic Parktel, Korea on 15-18 October. Participants looked into the importance and crucial role of having good partners and raising funds for the organization. Korea Scout Association welcomed 29 participants representing ten NSOs and two executives from the Africa Regional Office of the World Scout Bureau. Regional Scout Committee Vice Chairman Prakorb Mukura expressed appreciation to participants which indicate that their NSOs appreciate the value of partnerships. Over the years, the region gave emphasis on fundraising and partnership through workshops and publications. The first workshop “International Seminar on Financial Resources” was held in 2003 in Indonesia, followed by the “APR Workshop on Developing Partnerships through PR” in 2006. In June 2010, the fundraising guideline was published. Among the topics covered were Marrakech Charter, planning and evaluating partnerships, principles and strategy of fundraising, methods of fundraising and present trends, planning and developing fundraising, and writing project proposals. Regional Treasurer cited for 20-year service Regional Scout Committee Chairman Jejomar C Binay presented the Plaque of Outstanding Service to Dr Renato L Paras at the Coconut Palace, the office of the Vice-President of the Republic of the Philippines. Dr Paras rendered 20 years of dedicated and excellent service as Regional Treasurer of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, Asia-Pacific Region and retired from the position on 1st August 2011. Dr Paras passed away on 5th May 2012. Dr Paras will be remembered for his impressive record of remarkable achievements balancing between his corporate, civic and religious duties. In Scouting, he was a recipient of the APR Award for Distinguished Service and Gold Usa from Boy Scouts of the Philippines. He was known as a dedicated family man with six children. His friends cite him as a gifted man who made this world a better place than he found it. New Regional Treasurer appointed In July 2011, the World Regional Treasurer confirmed the appointment of Mr Paul Ho as the new Regional Treasurer of the Asia-Pacific Region on the recommendation of the Regional Scout Committee. Paul Ho is a Certified Public Accountant and Sole Practitioner of Paul W.C. Ho & Company. From 1985, he was Chairman/Treasurer of Finance committee of Scout Association of Hong Kong and has recently retired. Paul is no stranger to the Asia Pacific Region being a current member of the APR Foundation Management Committee, former member of the Foundation Investment Team, and member of APR Finance Sub-Committee for two terms. 36 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 Exploring new avenues for financial capacity building The first national workshop on Building Financial Management organized by Bangladesh Scouts gathered 48 participants from different districts across the country from 3rd to 5th February 2012. The main goal of the workshop was to equip leaders with skills on financial management. Bangladesh Scouts Chief National Commissioner Mr. Md. Abul Kalam Azad presented the overview of Bangladesh Scouts financial management policy. He said, â€œthe workshop was a good opportunity to assist leaders in exploring new avenues to build financial capabilities and managing resources.â€? Other topics covered were accounting and audit system, and budget format of a voluntary organization. Mongolia strengthens financial capabilities The Scout Association of Mongolia (SAM) had a four-day National Workshop on Building Financial Capabilities in May 2012 at the International Children Center in Nairamdal. Twenty eight participants coming from 5 Aimags (provinces) were in attendance. They looked into ways of strengthening the membership registration system and expanding the Scout supply service. They also touched on partnership, project writing and fundraising. SAM is very active in working with other partners both within and outside the country developmental projects. This workshop was seen to enhance these partnerships especially with better management of finances. APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 37 FINA N C E Small Grant package for NSOs revived In January 2010, the small grant package for NSOs was revived. The grant is a limited direct financial assistance to NSOs in developing countries to meet their development and infrastructural needs. The grant was launched in 2004 but did not pick up that much in 2008 and 2009. However, due to the current emphasis to extend more direct support to NSOs, the regional revived this initiative. APR supports six NSO projects Since the revival of the grant in January 2010, six NSOs have benefitted from the small grants offered by the Asia Pacific Region. This small grant is designed to support the NSO’s immediate needs in a variety of ways. In Bhutan, the grant was used to equip the Scout association’s office with a computer, printer, fax machine and office furniture enabling them to operate with more efficiency. Similarly in Fiji, the association acquired equip ment and furniture to keep their office running. In India, new camping and cooking equipment were added to the Ashok Nagar National Camping and Training Complex. The Scout Association of Mongolia used the grant to develop a merit badge program. Sri Lanka Scout Association now enjoys a new press printing facility at the headquarters with Scouts doing some printing work as part of their vocational training. Five district headquarters of Nepal Scouts upgraded their administrative work with new computers and printers. 38 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 FINA N C E PAGE 37 Subsidy to National Scout Organizations SOURCES OF FUNDS The table below shows the summary of subsidies to NSOs fromfrom 20092009 to 2012: The table below shows the summary of subsidies to NSOs to 2012 Amount in Amount in US Country 2009 – 2012 US Dollars Dollars Philippines 69,374 Tonga 7,580 OPERATIONS (from WSB/Central Office & APR Other Income) Bangladesh 48,761 Australia 4,774 - For Operations of the Office $1,624,000 Fiji 45,144 Afghanistan 4,205 - For Field Activities 106,000 India 43,890 Solomon Islands 3,269 Other Income (e.g. non-restricted donation, interest, Malaysia etc) 72,000 Indonesia 38,530 2,535 Sri Lanka 38,268 Brunei Darussalam 2,177 Total Operations 1,802,000 Pakistan 37,833 Japan 2,000 Nepal 37,788 Samoa 1,713 From Generous Donors for Earmarked/Restricted Projects 487,000 Bhutan 33,819 Timor Leste 1,564 Vietnam 32,674 Tuvalu 1,305 GRAND TOTAL $2,289,00 Maldives 26,119 Cook Islands 1,000 Cambodia 22,587 Singapore 861 There was an increased in budget allocation from Central $558,000 in 2009-2010 to Mongolia 19,741 Korea office by 5% from 772 $587,000 in 2010-2011 due to staff relocation from Central Office to Regional Office. Kiribati 17,959 Vanuatu 710 Papua New Guinea 16,662 New Caledonia 600 Thailand 8,668 Macau 500 directly by the Regional I now like to show the Earmarked/Restricted Funds amounting US$487,000 received Country Office. Subsidy to National Scout Organizations ! Donations for Projects DONATIONS RECEIVED FOR EARMARKED/RESTRICTED PROJECTS Donors 2009 – 2012 $117,000 80,000 61,000 57,000 35,000 28,000 23,000 22,000 15,000 9,000 7,000 7,000 5,000 5,000 4,000 3,000 3,000 3,000 3,000 $487,000 The Swedish Guide & Scouts Council Messenger of Peace Korea Scout Association Word Scout Foundation Eric Frank (through World Scout Foundation) Bill Philips (Ecuador) Boy Scouts of the Philippines The General Association of Scouts of China APR Scout Foundation Boy Scouts of America The Scout Association of UK Sri Lanka Scout Association World Scout Parliamentary Union Int'l. Scout & Guide Fellowship (ISGF) Afghanistan-Japan Scouts Exchange Programme (Japan) Scout Association Japan Dr. Young Joong KANG (Korea) Kandersteg International Scout Center Guides and Scouts of Finland Total 2 of 5 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 39 S COU T IN G PR OFIL E Regional Communications Forum in Bhutan On the initiative of the Scouting’s Profile SubCommittee of the World Scout Committee, regional forums were organized in partnership with the regional offices and supported by the External Relations and Marketing team at the Central Office. Main objective of the forum was to support NSOs in establishing and implementing a communication strategy and, in this way, contribute to the growth of the Movement. The regional forum was a follow-up from those already held between 2006 and 2008. In 2010, the Regional Communication Forum took place in all six Scouting regions in four working languages: Interamerica (English) in Suriname; Africa (English) in Swaziland; Eurasia (English) in Ukraine; Interamerica (Spanish) in Argentina; Africa (French) in Cote d’Ivoire; Asia-Pacific (English) in Bhutan; Arab (English) in Kuwait; and Europe in Greece. Bhutan hosted the sixth series of Regional Communication Forums within world Scouting in September 2010. Over 25 participants from 13 NSOs together with 17 local participants from various districts of the country attended the forum in a pine-clad resort in Thimpu. At the opening ceremony, Chief Commissioner Chencho Dorji said that the forum was timely for Bhutan and very important for Scouts to have a communications system in place. Strengthening communications and adopting innovative leadership The Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on Innovative Leadership and Effective Communication, hosted by Sri Lanka Scout Association, was held in November 2011 at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo. The Chief Guest was Hon. Naveen Dissanayake MP, Minister of the Public Management Reforms was a Scout who described the Scout Movement as strong. He said, “We should be able to communicate effectively when the normal communication machinery is broken down. Differences of opinion exist in all organizations but people need to come together and possess a group mentality. If differences exist where you cannot be part of, then you should leave the group.” On the other hand, Regional Director Mr. Abdullah Rasheed said that NSOs in the region are facing three main challenges: First, some NSOs are unable to retain young people in the movement; Second, how to maintain and retain volunteers; and lastly, not being able to seek greater partnerships with external organizations. Seeing the situation, NSOs needed to find innovative ways to meet these challenges. 40 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 S COU T IN G PR OFI L E First Asia-Pacific Correspondents workshop Although the contributions of Honorary Correspondents have been enjoyed for decades, it was the first time that honorary correspondents gathered for a workshop on journalism and Public Relations. A mix of Scouts and young adults, seasoned journalists, professional Scout leaders and volunteers comprised the first APR Correspondents Workshop in Manila, Philippines in June 2012. The workshop was the first Asia-Pacific event held at the new BP International hotel of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) in Manila. The four-day workshop had 52 participants from Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore and Sri Lanka. The workshop aimed to establish the communication standards of Scouting in a global context, editorial planning and networking of correspondents in the Asia-Pacific Region. In his session “Scouting in transition,” Maximino J Edralin Jr., veteran PR practitioner in the Philippines and life member of the BSP, picked up a number of practices from the past against Scouting nowadays and the emerging challenges of the new media. Practitioners from major media networks also joined the workshop as resource persons. Honorary Correspondents are mainly responsible for contributing to the region’s monthly e-news, printed newsletter and website. A similar concept has now been extended at the world level and all member countries have been requested to nominate correspondents across all six regions. Role of Honorary Correspondents Honorary Correspondents represent their National Scout Organizations in contributing news stories and other materials for the publications of WOSM/Asia-Pacific Region. APR has a monthly e-news (InBox), bi-monthly printed newsletter and website. These publicity tools are devoted for the exchange of information on Scouting events and activities, projects and good practices of NSOs and of the region. In 2012, sixteen NSOs have appointed their honorary correspondents, and their contributions have revitalized the content of the region’s regular publications. APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 41 S COU T IN G PR OF I L E APR Publications 42 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 2012 2011 2010 APR Photo Contest Winners 10th APR Scout Photo Contest-2012 GOLD: Gye Ho KIM, Korea SILVER: Min Ha JOO, Korea; Anil Kumar, India BRONZE: Frederick Bonifacio, Philippines; Hsiao-Ming Sheng, Scouts of China Aldwin John Eufemio Maranan, Singapore 9th APR Scout Photo Contest-2011 GOLD: Arvind Danapalan, Malaysia SILVER: Sarwar Shahriar, Bangladesh Ni単o Christopher Cardenas, Philippines BRONZE: Ni単o Christopher Cardenas, Philippines; Min-Ha JOO, Korea; Megan Donoghue, Australia 8th APR Scout Photo Contest-2010 GOLD: Frederick Bonifacio, Philippines SILVER: Toru Watamaki, Japan; Chau Fung Chan, Hong Kong BRONZE: Ki Cheol HA, Korea; Jaimie Rodd, Australia Amoolya K., India OUTSTANDING SCOUTS AWARD The award calls for the nomination and selection of outstanding Scouts in member-countries with the main purpose of enhancing the image and visibility of Scouting as an educational movement, and to emphasize its effectiveness in the development of young people at home, in school, and in communities. In June 2012, a team of three formed the selection panel that was tasked to shortlist the finalists for 2012. Out of eight candidates, five were selected for the award: Nicholas Banks of Australia, To Hoi-man of Hong Kong, Eui Jae Jeong of Korea, Miguel Ricardo E Leung of the Philippines, and Sidath Chandima Gajanayake of Sri Lanka. The finalists will have face-toface interview with a bigger selection panel during the 24th APR Scout Conference in November 2012 in Dhaka. Criteria for the contest are mainly major accomplishments in Scouting, positions held, academic performance and achievement, community involvement and awards received. This is the fifth search for outstanding Scouts at Asia-Pacific level and ever since the contest started at the Regional Scout Conference in Delhi in 2001, it has become a regular feature of every regional conference and has maintained the paramount standard of recognizing the best. APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 43 PA R TNE R SHIP S Bookbridge is a registered charity based in Germany which strives for a worldwide balanced access to education. Through its partnership with Scout Association of Mongolia (SAM), children and young people in this country are given access to books and reading materials. Back in 2009, the crew who went to Mongolia was a training team of dedicated teachers comprised of American, Norwegian and German. During a two-week period, they were able to give basic training to more than 120 local teachers on the materials that Scouts from Switzerland, Germany, and the United Kingdom had previously collected. The teaching libraries provide space and time for Scouting activities with the purpose of expanding the reach of Scouting in Mongolia especially at the community level. Another highlight of this visit in Ulaanbaatar was the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding Scouts and Bookbridge build additional libraries in Mongolia between SAM and Bookbridge ensuring a long-term collaboration. By September 2010, four teaching libraries in Mongolia opened their doors on a daily basis to eager young learners. As a social business, Bookbridge also setup two programs enabling companies to build their own bridges and train future leaders. In September 2012, Bookbridge project founder Dr. Carsten Rübsaamen announced that the first learning center in Arvaikheer celebrated its 3-year anniversary. A lot has changed since then. The rented facilities changed into a proper building and 3,700 people of Arvaikheer have become members. Around 4,000 books have been checked out. Nine weekly courses and activities have taken place. The learning center in Arvaikheer also marks the birthplace of the Bookbridge Foundation. Bookbridge extends its project work to Cambodia After years of joint partnership with Mongolia where book centres were built, the project has grown into a stage of Foundation. In 2011, Bookbridge started its work with Scouts in Cambodia. Two libraries were set up, one in Takeo and the other in Siem Reap. Two Cambodian volunteers were trained for library management, and one German volunteer conducted English teacher training and library life training. Takeo library opened in August while Siem Reap library opened later. Since its opening, around 500 children and young people have visited the libraries enjoying the books and other educational materials available for them. WOSM has been helping Bookbridge identify the countries which are in need of libraries and provide access through its network of National Scout Organizations. At regional, national and local level, Scouts are sent out to help in collecting, sorting, shipping and distributing books in various educational centers. Since its pilot project in 2009, Bookbridge has put up 10 libraries in different parts of Mongolia. WOSM and Bookbridge signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 15th December 2011 and part of the agreement is for Bookbridge to set up libraries inclusive of Scout corners enabling Scout Groups/Districts to use it as an activity and educational centre for Scouts. In the United Kingdom, Scouts had a nationwide campaign to collect children’s books for Bookbridge to establish teaching libraries in Cambodia. They set-up 28 collection centres across the country and collected 75,000 books – far surpassing the 30,000 target. Over 40 volunteers helped in sorting, packing and delivering the books to Cambodia. “This was a magnificent effort,’ said Daisy Charlton, International Adviser at The Scout Association. “It was humbling to see the generosity and hard work of many Scouts who made this project successful.” 44 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 PA R T NE R SH I P S APR Suncheon Scout Center introduce changes Four years after the tripartite memorandum of agreement among the Asia-Pacific Region of WOSM, the Suncheon City Council, and Korea Scout Association, the center has introduced a number of significant changes. Scout interns from various countries in the Asia-Pacific Region and beyond volunteer on a three-month cycle. The internship cycle starts with the first batch joining mid February to April. Second batch is from May to July, and third batch is from July to October. At the board meeting on 14th October 2011 in Seoul, it was reported that participants at the center increased to 9,239, a number bigger than any other such center in Korea. A recent government survey of facilities gave the Suncheon center the highest rating of all centers in the country. Other changes include the appointment of a new director who has a good Scouting background. More Scouting activities have been introduced. Also, the new program design encourages the participation of more volunteers from different countries. The latest board meeting in August 2012 assessed the centre on its fourth year of operation, now with a plan to introduce an exchange programme between volunteers and Rovers of Korea Scout Association (KSA). Also called the friendship program, it will be between Korean Rover Scouts and international volunteers serving as staff at the center for a 3-month period. This program will be held once for each term which would mean 3 to 4 times a year. This exchange aims to bring a real international experience which can be developed as a regular event. It is expected to start in October 2012. Today, SAPSC enrolls 20% Scouts and 75% non-Scouts. Mr Sang Ho Shim, the newly appointed International Commissioner of KSA and member of the APR Scout Committee serves as the Chairman of SAPSC. For 2012, the center had 3,478 participants for the first term (March-May 2012) with volunteers from Russia, Pakistan, Kenya, Serbia, Uganda and Hong Kong. Volunteers for the third term (August â€“ November 2012) are coming from Ghana, Malaysia, Hungary and Nepal. Asia and Europe Regional Committees eyefuture cooperation For the first time, Asia Pacific Regional Scout Committee and European Regional Scout Committee members attending the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden met informally on 30th July. The meeting initiated a dialogue between the two committees to share views for greater understanding and collaboration. Chairman Craig Turpie, Chairman of the European Committee, expressed appreciation for this initiative to understand the priorities and working methods of each region. Nicholas Tang shared some of the challenges in the AsiaPacific Region and its strategic priorities for the current planning period. He said that for the next three years, membership growth will be the focus while paying attention to ensure quality Scouting. Europe is currently partnering with Africa, Arab and Eurasia Regions. Committee members concluded that Europe and the Asia-Pacific need to continue the dialogue ideally just before world Scouting events so as to create cohesiveness while understanding the diversities that exist between them. APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 45 COMMUNI T Y Davao City, known as the fruit capital of the Philippines, hosted 34 participants from nine national Scout organizations (NSOs) and 16 local councils of Boy Scouts of the Philippines for the first ever Asia Pacific Regional Workshop on Community-based Scouting. The workshop ran from 27th to 30th May at an ecofriendly resort in the city. Considering that a large percentage of the regionâ€™s Scouting population is school-based, the workshop aimed at identifying the importance of extending Scouting beyond schools thereby creating a closer relationship with communities. This is one of the ways to achieve the regional target of 4% annual growth across the region in time for the next Scout conference in 2012. Workshop sessions focused on best practices First community based Scouting workshop in Davao of selected NSOs who were successful in using either the community-based or school-based models with the ultimate goal: reach out to more young people. Examples were presented on community-based practices of NSOs in Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the USA. Korea and the Philippine presenters cited their growing partnerships with civic organizations and social institutions. Hong Kong shared the novelty of Scouting in prisons and a speaker from Singapore talked about on-going collaboration with service clubs. Indonesians explained the active involvement of community leaders as unit leaders. Recommendations were shared at the end of the workshop, mostly touching on sharing best practices on-line and the provision of resources to maintain the long-term sustainability of Community-Based Scouting. Bhutan Community Scouting goes green Bhutan Scouts Association organized its first major environmental project where more than 80 Scouts dug up trenches, holes and made flower beds for over 1,000 hedge and ornamental plants and bamboos. This environment project is an initiative of newly established community Scouting groups across Bhutan. Since the formation of community Scouting in May 2009 in Bhutan, there are now three troops actively operating in Kuenphen, Zhenphen, Raven and in various parts of Thimpu. The plan is to expand community Scouting to other districts. 46 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 COM M U NI T Y Community-based Scouting further explored Recognizing the importance of extending Scouting outside the school system and bringing Scouting closer to the community, the second Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on Community-Based Scouting (CBS) was held in New Delhi, India from 21st to 24th September 2012. National coordinators, unit leaders working at district and state levels, and eight executives from Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Bhutan, Cambodia, Nepal, Maldives, Philippines and India shared their good practices as the workshop looked into the impact of Scouting in communities and how it can facilitate reaching out to new horizons. Over 98% of NSOs in Asia-Pacific, as revealed in the recent regional survey, uses the school-based Scouting mode, prompting the 2009 Regional Scout Conference in Malaysia endorsed the promotion of community-based Scouting. Rovers from four countries work with community in the Philippines Rovers from three countries continue their work with communities in Marikina City, Philippines under the name of CJK projects. CJK is coined from Scouts of China, Japan, and Korea, which form a yearly exchange program with Filipino Rovers. As a group they involve themselves in community projects that promote and strengthen cooperation and international friendship among the four countries. In recent years, the Rovers worked with school children in Marikina City doing activities in primary health care, cultural exchanges and environmental awareness. For instance, in a school, Scouts of China introduced First Aid, Japanese Rovers demonstrated proper tooth brushing and Korean Rovers taught dietary education through growing herbs. An inherent method or practice in CJK is using International Patrol System that requires Rovers to work together during the entire project. In doing so, cultural and communication differences are reduced as they learn to accept and understand each otherâ€™s cultural practices. CJK Project started in 2003 and the four countries have agreed to continue their co-operative agreement until 2012. The group is eyeing to attend a Ticket to Life Project meeting that will give Rovers better understanding of children living on the streets. APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 47 COMMU NI T Y World Environment Day launched at Scout Nature Park The following year, Scouts in Malaysia offered the Sandakan Scout Nature Park in Sabah for the Asia-Pacific Workshop on Environment Education in Scouting where 12 NSOs were represented First day of the workshop began with a demo of practical environment activities at the Sandakan Scout Nature Park. Succeeding exercises included those which could be played among children for them to feel and admire the beauty and texture of trees. Participants identified the creative use of natural materials which otherwise could be treated as waste. Each NSO representative planted a skyfruit at the Scout park. At the other side of the camp, 400 young people from Sandakan gathered as a pre-camp of the Sabah centenary Jamboree. Their day began with a session on environment education to understand environmental problems and ways of reducing these problems. A representative from the Sabah Forestry Department gave a lecture on climate change and the role of young people, which preceded the formal launch of the World Environment Day. Reinforcing nature friendly behavior Gerakan Pramuka was the enthusiastic host of the very first international seminar on environment education and biodiversity. There were 47 participants from 11 countries. Two prominent Indonesian environmental scientists talked about biodiversity and conservation, and on the role of youth in climate change. Workshop representatives celebrated the 2011 World Environment Day on 5th June at Cibubur Scout Complex. Early in the morning, they imersed in nature activities such as recycling the garbage collected from around the gardens into some creative artwork. They collected nature items and shared their impressions on how the items symbolize diversity. Later they planted seedlings of rare species found in Indonesia provided by the Special Scout Troop for Forestry. Chairman Dr Azrul Azwar signed the WSEP agreement making it the 11th NSO in the region to sign up for the programme. 48 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 COM M U N I T Y Jamboree takes part in Earth Hour 2012 Every year, Scouts in the Asia-Pacific Region are encouraged to be advocates and actors for the Earth Hour, which is globally observed in the month of March. Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007. At exactly 8:30 pm of 31 March 2012 – on the eve of the opening of the 29th APR Scout Jamboree – over 1,500 Scouts representing all 23 participating countries and from all districts of Sri Lanka joined the rest of the world to celebrate Earth Hour by switching off all lights at the jamboree site for 15 minutes. With lighted candles in their hands, they made a solemn promise to do everything to save mother earth and contemplated in silence on the true spirit of Earth Hour. Earth Hour is a World Wide Fund (WWF) initiative symbolising the collective power of individuals, businesses and governments to reduce our impact on this planet. From its beginnings in one city in one country – Sydney, Australia – Scouts in many countries are supporting this initiative, and has grown to millions of people in over 5,000 cities across 135 countries. In previous years, Scouts in major cities took part in the Earth Hour. In Manila, national television showed how Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of the Philippines spearheaded the switching off ceremony. Gerakan Pramuka (Indonesia) Scouts graced newspapers for their prominent participation in Jakarta. Scouts in Karachi, Pakistan lighted candles at that momentous hour. Scouts again active in Clean Up the World Weekend Scouts join millions across the globe in restoring and protecting nature to take part in the Clean Up the World (CUW) campaign in September of every year. The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) has been an official ally of Clean up the World since 2008, promoting involvement to its 30 million Scouts in 161 countries. CUW campaigns are held in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). From Australia to Zimbabwe, there are 16 National Scout Organizations who have already pledged to act in this years Clean Up the World campaign, Chairman and Founder, Ian Kiernan, thanked WOSM for its continued support to the campaign: CUW Chairman and Founder, Ian Kiernan, said “We are proud to have the World Organization of the Scout Movement as an ally of Clean Up the World. The environment has been central to the organization since its inception and the participation of so many Scout Groups over the Weekend is a true testament to the Scout Movement’s commitment to nature.” NSOs join World Scout Environment Programme National Scout Organizations in the Asia-Pacific Region that have adopted the WSEP are Australia, Bhutan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore and Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Scouts Association is the latest member of The World Scout Environment Programme (WSEP). The programme offers tools, resources and initiatives to help Scouts all around the world work together for the good of the local and global environment. Twelve or 46% NSOs in the APR have joined the WSEP, comprising 30% of the global WSEP membership. WOSM Secretary General Luc Panissod signed on 2nd September 2012 the agreement to use the WSEP Pack 1 for noncommercial use of the Sri Lanka Scout Association. PACK 1 or the Basic Package is a free educational (non-commercial) package with all the materials needed to start the Programme. This PACK 1 agreement between the NSO and the WSB contains the terms and conditions of the use of WSEP, including guidelines, logo and badge to develop the programme at the national level as well as a non-commercial license to produce articles bearing the WSEP logo. The WSEP is a free, very straightforward, flexible and easy to implement programme and does not compete with the existing environment programme of of NSOs. APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 49 ME MBE R SHIP Developing a growth strategy Scout Leaders working on membership growth at national and local level shared their ideas and practices at the first APR Workshop on Membership Growth that was held on in May 2010 in Johor Bahru City, Malaysia. This was the first regional workshop focusing entirely on membership growth. The workshop had the full support of the Johor State Government who welcomed 40 participants from Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Scouts of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and Sri Lanka. One of the workshop objectives was to find ways of achieving the regional growth target of increasing 4% every year. To achieve the objectives, the â€œ6 Thinking Hat Strategyâ€? by Edward de Bono was used. To conclude the workshop, participants adopted a 5-point recommendation, one of which is to explore the models of Scouting for Growth in order to reach out to all segments of society. Heading the workshop was the Membership Growth SubCommittee. 50 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 APR Criteria for Recognition of NSO’s Membership Growth The APR Membership Growth Sub-Committee developed the criteria based on areas the NSOs must consider when developing strategies to grow their membership. The criteria includes: • Membership Growth Strategy that encourages the creation of a membership committee/ task force to monitor membership development. It also ensures that membership plan/ strategy is in place and actions are taken. A registration system has to be in place to record, monitor and measure actual membership growth. Membership Increase by percentage (based on 2009-2010-2011 census) or surpassing the membership target set at the 23 rd APR Scout Conference in 2009. The increase has to be significant in each section of Scouting over the three-year period. • • Membership Retention reflects that young members are retained in all sections, at the same time, members are advanced to higher sections. Growth also reflects the retention of active leaders. APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 51 ME M BE R S HI P Regional workshop tackles membership issues The membership review was a four-day workshop that encouraged NSOs to share their good practices, successes and challenges over the last three years, from 2009 to 2012. It was held at the National Headquarters of the Scout Association of Macau (SAM) from 7th September with 22 participants from Bangladesh, Scouts of China, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore and Sri Lanka. International Commissioner Francisca Vong directed the workshop with the guidance of the APR Membership Growth Sub-committee. Francisca explained the aim and objectives of workshop to address issues pertaining to membership growth; analyse regional membership trends since the 2009 regional conference, and recognise the role of NSOs in sustaining growth. APR Membership Census 2009-2012 30,000,000 29,460,959 29,897,584 25,000,000 24,723,192 25,020,246 20,000,000 2009 2010 2011 2012 52 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 ME MBE R SHI P Fifteen NSOs to be recognized for membership growth One regional focus for the current triennium is membership growth where relevant studies have been undertaken over the past three years. Following the first membership review workshop held in 2010 in Malaysia, the recent review in Macau captured the growth of membership of NSOs and recommended ways to sustain the strategies that worked well. Before the Macau workshop started, the Membership Growth Sub-Committee reviewed the criteria for recognizing NSOs with significant membership increase. The sub-committee identified two categories for recognition. One category is a group of NSOs that increased membership annually, and the other group has implemented the Membership Growth Guideline in a remarkable way. NSOs meeting the criteria for the two categories will be recognized at the forthcoming Regional Scout Conference in Dhaka in November. Twenty NSOs (80%) have submitted the completed tool which summarizes their membership growth strategy, as well as their actual increase in numbers and retention. Although no NSO has achieved the annual membership target, recognition will be given to NSOs that increased their membership, and those that achieved the cut-off mark of 70% based on the Membership Growth Evaluation tool. The Regional Scout Committee will recognize the following NSOs for increasing their membership annually: 1. 2. 3. 4. Bangladesh Bhutan Cambodia India 5. 6. 7. 8. Nepal New Zealand Philippines Singapore NSOs to be recognized based on the score chart: 1. Singapore 2. Korea 3. New Zealand 4. Sri Lanka 5. Bangladesh 6. Nepal 7. India 8. Japan 9. Australia 10. Fiji 11. Philippines 12. Hong Kong 13. Bhutan 14. Indonesia 15. Cambodia APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 53 GL OB A L S UPPOR T Asia-Pacific joins Messenger of Peace launch in Saudi Arabia “Scouts are the messengers of peace in the world. You all have an important job to do: you need to mobilise all 30 million Scouts throughout the world in the cause of building peace. We in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are proud to be supporting you in these efforts. We will continue this support in the future.” This was the message of HM King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia during the launch of the “Messengers of Peace” (MOP) held on 28th September 2011 in Jeddah. MOP is a 10-year initiative for the 161 member countries of the World Organization of the Scout Movement to involve individual Scouts and National Scout Organizations from all regions in peace-building activities. It is created to capitalize on the success of the “Gifts for Peace” projects that were run during the centenary year. MOP Project has two components: Global Network and the Global Fund. Presently, over 12,000 have already registered for the Global Network and US$37 million total amount is guaranteed for the project, of which US$25 million is allocated for the Global Fund. Representatives from the Asia-Pacific Region attended the official launch, including Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan, Philippines and the Asia-Pacific Regional Office. Sri Lanka’s initiative for peace Sri Lanka is one of the first initiators of Messengers of Peace when it organized integration camps amongst Scouts coming from different backgrounds. The camp was an effort to deepen unity and belonging among the young people, particularly the Singhalese and Tamil Scouts who were affected by the long-term effects of conflict. The 1st Scout Integration Camp was held on 18-21 August 2011 at the Scout Training & Development Centre in Kandy with the participation of over 70 Scouts from Kandy and Kilinochchi districts. The camp focused on leadership centered activities, with a youth forum and “the hike” where participants explored eight sites. A significant part of the camp was to see Kandy Scouts sharing their homes with Kilinochchi Scouts, a hospitality that even their parents enjoyed. Three camps followed in September. The 2nd in- tegration camp was in Jaffna at the northern part of Sri Lanka with participants from Kalutara in the southern part; 3rd camp had participants from Badulla and Kankesanthurai in the north, and the last camp had participants coming from Mannar who joined other Scouts in Galle in the south. 54 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 MESSENGERS OF PEACE PROJECTS India hosts Pakistan integration peace camp As part of the Messengers of Peace (MoP) initiative, a special integration camp was organized between Rovers of Pakistan and India from 16th to 20th November 2011 at the National Youth Complex in Haryana, India. About 300 Rovers, Rangers, and leaders from India, and 55 Rovers and leaders from Pakistan took part. In a traditional Indian way, the Pakistan contingent was received with a warm reception at the Wagha border. A formal ceremony followed where National Commissioner Shri L M Jain welcomed the Pakistan contingent by releasing pigeons and balloons, and presenting garlands and tilak (mark on the forehead symbolizing the third eye or mind’s eye). In turn, the Pakistanis sang the beautiful integration song of Hindustan and Pakistan. National flags of both countries were hoisted together, which was visibly an emotional moment for both Indians and Pakistanis. Community interaction was arranged with the local people where Pakistani Rovers visited Rattan Public School in Sikri. Students organized a science exhibition and a cultural show. Highlight of this activity was seeing Rovers and leaders from two countries dancing together that one would find it difficult differentiating them. Local personalities, media persons, students, and teachers were part of the celebration. At the Gadpuri village, the Rovers planted saplings to commemorate the goodwill mission and villagers offered to grow and take care of the saplings. A food plaza was set with a variety of dishes to share, and then came the grand campfire. Candles were lit and the integration song was sung. The song ‘Jot se Jot Jalate Chalo’ means “keep the light burning from flame to flame”. The next day started with an All Faiths Prayer followed by a round at the adventure bases at the National Youth Complex. Final stop was in New Delhi for an educational tour to historic places and a visit to the Bharat Scouts & Guides National Headquarters. On their way to Wagha border in Haryana state, a huge farewell dinner was arranged for the Pakistani Rovers. When morning came, they went to the Golden Temple where local Scouts sent them off with blessings for a good journey back home. In March 2012, Pakistan Rovers with take their turn to host their Indian friends for a similar integration camp. Pakistani Rovers host Indian contingent In the second round of the integration camp of Scouts and Guides from India and Pakistan, each had the opportunity to know and learn from each other in many ways. The camp, held from 2nd to 6th May 2012, is one of the Messengers of Peace projects. This camp had 73 Scouts and Guides from India who set their foot at the Wagha border in Lahore, Pakistan and met up with the Scouts from Punjab Boy Scouts Association who traveled by land for five hours. Pakistan Prime Minister H.E. Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani inaugurated the camp. Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari had this message “by fostering a common bond, Scouting becomes an important vehicle to promote peace, and unleash the creative potentials of young people.” PBSA Chief Commissioner Mr Justice Agha Rafiq explained the purpose of the camp along with its educational activities. Participants had a Youth Forum to discuss the future of this initiative and to reinforce the tie between Pakistan and India, and how to expand it to young people outside Scouting. Another dialogue was held at the Allama Iqbal Open University where participants exchanged views with other young people outside Scouting, which was shown on popular TV programs. They performed cultural shows and had an art exploration with the participation of art students. The Indian contingent had one-day home hospitality with Punjab Boy Scouts Association as host and spent a day exploring museums, monuments and religious sites. On 8th May, it was time for Pakistan Scouts to send off their Indian friends as they crossed the border. Contingent Leader Ms Geeta Rawat appreciated the warm hospitality and said, “this entire experience make our going home very difficult.” APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 55 Indonesian Rovers work for clean and healthy environment Rovers and leaders of Indonesia led a small village of Kukusan, Beji district, Depok, West Java to a healthier and cleaner environment as their peace initiative under the Messengers of Peace. Known as environment advocates, Gerakan Pramuka (GP) mobilized the Scouts for river clean-up drives; house-to-house visit to remind families on the importance of sanitation, hygiene, no smoking inside the house, etc. Out of the 15,000 population of Kukusan, 300 are children who are below five years old, prompting GP to bring health experts to do medical check-up both on the children and their mothers, with Rovers assisting them. “It is important not to be ambitious to do something big and never accomplish anything. It is better to start on something that we can achieve and finish till the end,” said GP Commissioner Wirjoatmodjo. Indonesia Scouts launch eco-friendly projects Gerakan Pramuka mobilized Scouts in different locations for three environmental projects under the Messengers of Peace. The projects target coral reef restoration, saving rivers and coastal areas. In the communities of Pasir Putih, Situbondo, and East Java, Scouts worked with the community on the “Scouts Coral Restoration Project” where they taught practical ways to restore and protect vital reefs. They shared tips on how to be eco-friendly and why it is important to protect coral reefs. Seeing the river as a source of life, Scouts started the project “Saving the Planet, One River at a Time” where they cleaned up the Pesanggrahan River in Jakarta. This clean-up will benefit around 5.400 residents around the area. Scouts later went around the area to talk about the damaging effects of littering. In Semarang City, the project “Mangrove Trees – Saving Indonesia’s Coast” also started. Scouts covered a 75-hectare coastal area. Scouts learned how to plant mangrove trees, develop skills in coastal ecology conservation which will benefit over 8,000 people. Presently, Scouts are continuing the work by filling up the remaining 85-hectare area with mangroves. 56 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 Scouts create many things from bamboo World Scout Foundation Director John Geoghegan visited one of the Messengers of Peace (MoP) projects at the Mashudi Scout Campsite, West Java, around 150 kilometers from Jakarta, on 11th July 2012. Around the campsite, Scouts planted various species of bamboo seeds which are being chopped and brought to a factory inside the campsite area. Here, Scouts made bamboo crafts from woggle to different types of home furniture. Inside the factory, Scouts showed Geoghegan some musical instruments made of bamboo. They also showed a traditional food in Indonesia with bamboo shoots as the main ingredient. Training of Community Leaders The World Organization of the Scout Movement, in collaboration with Singapore Scouts Association, organized the Messenger of Peace (MoP) Network Training of Community Leaders on 25-27 May 2012 at the Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel in Singapore. Sixty participants represented 35 National Scout Organizations to this training, out of which 22 were from the Asia-Pacific Re gion. Participants from the Asia-Pacific comprised of MoP Coordinators, honorary correspondents, and young people who are involved in MoP projects in their countries. The Chief Executive Officer of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre, Mr. Laurence Lien, graced the opening of this event. He presented Singapore as an example of mixed races and diverse cultures who live together in harmony. He gave three suggestions to the Messengers of Peace One, as convenor , being that honest broker bringing the key relevant stakeholders to the table. Two, as mobilizer , bringing other supporters and actors into the fray to help in your work. Three, as innovator , initiating and creating new and unique solutions to conflict situations. He said, “I recognize that in your context, peace extends well beyond racial and religious harmony, and the roles and principles that I mention would apply equally.” In a very unconventional method, the training program consisted of four main sessions - Telling the story, Finding your “why”, Introduction of the MoP Platform, and discussion on underlying concerns and its solution. The participants from the Asia-Pacific Region sat down together as a group to discuss underlying concerns and help each other to identify solutions. After this workshop, each participant from the Asia-Pacific Region has been asked to prepare an individual plan to promote the MoP Network and build a community of leaders. APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 57 MoP creates network of Scouting community projects Regardless of age, every Scout is a Messen ger of Peace (MoP). Over the years, Gerakan Pramuka Indonesia and other National Scout Organizations have been playing this role. Through MoP projects, some completed, others are ongoing, World Scouting is creating a network of all Scouting community projects worldwide. This was the picture depicted during the two-day Training in Dialogue on 10th to 11th July 2012 at the Cibubur Scout Camp in Jakarta, involving 66 adult leaders from 33 provinces of Indonesia. Through different sessions and group activities, participants learned more about the key elements of MoP – how to be a Messenger of Peace through dialogue; What one benefits from the dia logue; how to be ready for creative dialogue; and application of skills. MoP supports Japanese Scouts as they continue rebuilding communities After an extremely powerful earthquake hit the Tohoku Region on 11 March 2011, triggering several meter high tsunami waves that caused massive loss of lives and properties in areas along the Pacific coast of eastern Japan, especially in Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima Prefectures, the Scout Association of Japan (SAJ) created the Scout Disaster Relief Centers (SDRC) where Scouts unite to bring comfort, strength and hope to affected people. SAJ set up the SDRC in Yamagata, Miyagi and Fukushima, along with the prefectural Scout councils. In Ishinomaki City, one of the areas that had massive destruction, SAJ received and coordinated volunteers everyday. To have a bigger number of volunteers, SAJ provided free shuttle bus services between Tokyo and Ishinomaki on weekends. Buses with Scouts logo and “disaster relief” banner picked up volunteers in Tokyo every Friday morning to bring them to Ishinomaki and shuttle them back in Tokyo Sunday night. During the actual work, Scouts and volunteers were involved in removing rubbles and cleaning up mud in houses and schools. As some of the shelters have no shower booth, SAJ prepares to send out boilers and shower booths which are used during national jamborees. In Iwate prefecture, Scouts and volunteers removed heaps of rubble in elementary schools. SAJ reported that as the ground level sank, the seawater covered the area during high tide. Due to this situation, SAJ says that classes are disrupted and children need more support. To help ease their trauma, the younger Scouts engage the children in different kinds of activities, like making “Taiyaki,” a fish shaped waffle. SAJ is much appreciative of several National Scout Organizations that are helping in the relief operations with their financial contributions. Seeing the work of Japanese Scouts, the World Scout Foundation approved an assistance to SAJ under the global project, Messengers of Peace. This is to show appreciation for the role of Scouts as peace messengers by giving hope to their communities. 58 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 Summar y of Messengers of Peace projects (2012) Completed 1. Sri Lanka Scout Association Project Title: Operation One Region (OOR) 2. Pakistan Boy Scouts Association Project Title: 2nd Special Integration Camp India & Pakistan In progress 1. Scouts of Australia Project Title: Strengthening Leadership Capacity of Scouting in Timor Lleste 2. Boy Scouts of the Philippines Project Title: Empowerment of young people through online infrastructure 3. WOSM/APR Project Title: Asia-Pacific Region Ticket To Life 4. WOSM/APR Project Title: Capacity Building at Regional Office to Support NSOs 5. WOSM/APR Project Title: Expansion of Scouting in South Pacific Islands 6. WOSM/APR Project Title: WSB Consulting Skills Workshop 7. Bhutan Scouts Association Project Title: Consultancy Support to Strengthen Adult Resources Management 8. New Zealand Project Title: Promoting & Developing Scouts in Multicultural Communities 9. Nepal Scouts Project Title: Reaching Out (Expansion of Scouting in Nepal) 10. Scout Association of Mongolia Project Title: Two Cultures United by Scouting 11. Pakistan Boy Scouts Association Project Title: 2nd SAARC Scouts Friendship Camp 12. Scout Association of Maldives Project Title: Leader Training and Resource Development 13. Bangladesh Scouts Project Title: Local Responses to Natural Disaster Through Scout 14. The Singapore Scout Association Project Title: Developing Training Programme based on SIngapore “Harmonious Community” 15. Nepal Scouts Project Title: Light in the Darkness (Expariencing Scouting with the Orphans) APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 59 APR Awardees APR Award for Distinguished Service 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Mr. John Ravenhall, Australia Mr. Alexander Wong, Hong Kong Mr. Francis Small, Scouts, New Zealand Prof. Dr. Yongyuth Vajiradul, Thailand Mr. Mohamed Ali Khalid, India APR Medal for Meritorious Contribution to Scouting 1. Dr. Young-Joong Kang, Korea APR Chairman’s Award 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 1. 2. 3. Mr. Tan Cheng Kiong, Singapore Mr. Simon Hang Bock Rhee, Korea Mr. Peter Blatch, Austraila Dr. Mak, Wai-Ming, Hong Kong Mr. Anthony Chan, Hong Kong Mr. Ahmed Ali Maniku, Maldives Dr. Cyrus B. Wadia, India Mr. Rajalingam Ramasamy, Malaysia Dr. Yung Chaur-Shin, Scouts of China APR Chairman’s Award for Gallantry Scout Mohammed Adel E. Rota, Philippines Scout Cliff Ian Salcedo, Philippines Scout Mark Ryan B. Obsioma, Philippines APR Certificate of Good Service Award 1. Mr. Ho Chee Heng, Singapore 2. Mr. Chow Hock Lin, Singapore 3. Mr. Choo Haw Fatt, Singapore 4. Mr. Chay Hong Leng, Singapore 5. Mr. Tan Kay Kerng, Singapore 6. Mr. Gautam Adhikari, Nepal 7. Mr. Md. Mesbah Uddin Bhuiyan, Bangladesh 8. Mr. Md. Mozammel Haque Khan, Bangladesh 9. Mr. Jamal Uddin Sikder, Bangladesh 10. Mr. Md. Tauhidul Islam, Bangladesh 11. Prof. Dr. Nizamuddin Ahmed, Bangladesh 12. Mr. Dej Voracharoensri, Thailand 13. Mr. Chang Ah Sang, Malaysia 14. Mr. Ibrahim Zameer, Maldives 15. Mr. Kim SeungSu Sonny, Korea 16. Mr. Jose Eduardo C. Delgado, Philippines 17. Mr. Jejomar Erwin S. Binay, Philippines 18. Mr. Ie-Bin Lian, Scouts of China 19. Mr. Chang Wen-Shing, Scouts of China 20. Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim, Maldives 21. Mr. Mohamed Shiraz Salih, Sri Lanka 22. Mr. Sayun Santad, Thailand 60 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 Regional Committee and Sub-committees 2009-2012 REGIONAL SCOUT COMMITTEE Hon Jejomar C. Binay* (Philippines) Chairman Dr Mohammed Mukhyuddin Bin Sarwani* (Malaysia) First Vice-Chairman Mr Prakorb Mukura* (Thailand) Second Vice-Chairman Mr M Fazlur Rahman* (Bangladesh) Dr Chao, Shou-Po** (Scouts of China) Prof Dr H Azrul Azwar** (Indonesia) Mr Shree Ram Lamichhane** (Nepal) Mr Syed Pervez Ali Shah Jillani* (Pakistan) Mr Nicholas Tang Ning** (Singapore) Mr Sang-ho Shim** (Republic of Korea) Members Mr Maeedh Mohamed Zahir* (Maldives) Chairman, Young Adult Members Group Mr Paul Ho Regional Treasurer Mr Abdullah Rasheed Regional Director --------------------------------------Legend: *2009-2012 **2009-2015 PROGRAMME SUB-COMMITTEE Mr Jose Eduardo C. Delgado (Philippines) Chairman Dr Hari Prasad Chhetri (India) Vice Chairman Mr Rajalingam Ramasamy (Malaysia) Vice Chairman Md Mesbah Uddin Bhuiyan (Bangladesh) Dr Ie Bin Lian (Scouts of China) Mr Joseph Yee Leung Lau (Hong Kong) Ms. Susi Yuliati (Indonesia) Mr Manabu Hiratsuka (Japan) Chun Hyoung Cho (Korea) Mr Raja Abdul Waheed Fitrat (Pakistan) Mr Malcolm Tan Ban Hoe (Singapore) Mr Kapila Kalyana Perera (Sri Lanka) Dr Prapatpong Senarith (Thailand) Members Mr Krittee Tantivisikul (Thailand) Young Adult Member Dr Mak, Wai-ming (Hong Kong) Ex-Officio Member Mr Nicholas Tang Ning Adviser ADULT SUPPORT SUB-COMMITTEE Dr Mak, Wai-ming (Hong Kong) Chairman Mr Paul Parkinson (Australia) Vice Chairman Mr Chow Hock Lin (Singapore) Vice Chairman Members Mr Md Rafiqul Islam Khan (Bangladesh) Ms Li Fei Chen (Scouts of China) Mr Alfian Amura (Indonesia) Mr Kotaro Uemichi (Japan) Mr Young Chang Kim (Republic of Korea) Mr Chan Ah Sang (Malaysia) Mr Dev Raj Ghimire (Nepal) Mr Abdul Manan (Pakistan) Mr Dale Corvera (Philippines) Mr Shantha Madurawe (Sri Lanka) Mr Sommart Sungkapun (Thailand) Ms Seo Ji Eun (Republic of Korea) Young Adult Member Mr Jose Eduardo C. Delgado Ex-Officio Member Prof Dr H Azrul Azwar Adviser MANAGEMENT SUB-COMMITTEE Mr Janaprith Fernando (Sri Lanka) Chairman Mr Richard Miller (Australia) Vice Chairman Lt Col (R) M Shah Ali (Pakistan) Vice Chairman Members Mr Md Mozammel Haque Khan (Bangladesh) Dr Shijin Lee (Scouts of China) Mr Yan-man Hubert Ho (Hong Kong) Mr Dicky Surjadi Hidajat (Indonesia) Ms Reiko Suzuki (Japan) Mr Danny Seung-Soo Hong (Korea) Mr Danilo Asiaten (Philippines) Mr Chay Hong Leng (Singapore) Mr Mohamed Hafiz bin Ariffin (Malaysia) Young Adult Member Mr Sang-ho Shim Adviser FINANCIAL RESOURCES SUB-COMMITTEE Mr Seung-Su Kim (Republic of Korea) Chairman Mr Mark Tsai YaHsiung (Scouts of China) Vice Chairman Mr Pattaroj Kamonrojsiri (Thailand) Vice Chairman Members Dr Nizamuddin Ahmed (Bangladesh) Mr Nazir Ahmad Khan (India) Mr Fachry Sulaiman (Indonesia) Mr Yoshio Danjo (Japan) Mr Chan Vai Leong, Francisco (Macau) Mr Radzwan bin Hussain (Malaysia) Mr Mohamed Asim (Maldives) Mrs Jamshed Naqvi (Pakistan) Mr Robert Koh (Singapore) Mr Chandrasena Batuwangala (Sri Lanka) Mr Ari Wijanarko Adipratomo (Indonesia) Young Adult Member Mr M Fazlur Rahman (Bangladesh) Adviser SCOUTING PROFILE SUB-COMMITTEE Mr Shinya Mizuta (Japan) Chairman Mr Md Jamal Uddin Sikder (Bangladesh) Vice Chairman Mr Berthold Dirk Hendrik Sinaulan (Indonesia) Vice Chairman Members Mr Fu-Min Wang (Scouts of China) Mr Ka-leung Jason Ng (Hong Kong) Mr David Eun-Young Seo (Republic of Korea) Mr Zakran Abdul Manan (Malaysia) Mr Ahmed Ali Maniku (Maldives) Mr Mani Malla (Nepal) Major Sere Kala (Papua New Guinea) Mr Jorge Banal (Philippines) Mr Ho Chee Heng (Singapore) Mr Jate Sopitpongstorn (Thailand) Mr Oliver Zikai (Singapore) Young Adult Member Mr Shree Ram Lamichhane Adviser APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 61 MEMBERSHIP GROWTH SUB-COMMITTEE Ms Emma Barker (Australia) Chairman Mr Brata Tryana Hardjosubroto (Indonesia) Vice Chairman Dr Jeffrey Ho Kai Kwong (Singapore) Vice Chairman Members Mr Md Tauhidul Islam (Bangladesh) Dr Kuan Chih Ming (Scouts of China) Mr Ho Sai-hau Simon (Hong Kong) Mr Zoliana Royte (India) Mr Makoto Nakano (Japan) Mr Eugene Gui Kim (Republic of Korea) Mr Md Azlan Abdul Jalil (Malaysia) Mr Shiva Kumar Poudyal (Nepal) Mr Anwar Ahmed Zai (Pakistan) Mr Wendel Avisado (Philippines) Dr Banchong Chompoowong (Thailand) Mr Dicky Lam Kwok Hei (Hong Kong) Young Adult Member Dr Chao, Shou-Po Adviser REGIONAL GOVERNANCE REVIEW TASK FORCE Mr Alexander Wong (Hong Kong) Chairman Members Mr John Ravenhall (Australia) Mr Katsura Kuno (Japan) Atty Alan Zulueta (Philippines) Mr Tan Cheng Kiong (Singapore) Mr Nicholas Tang Ning Ex-officio, RSC APR YOUNG ADULT MEMBERS GROUP Mr Maeedh Mohamed Zahir (MaldivesI Chairman Members Mr Dicky Lam Kwok Hei (Hong Kong) Mr Ari Wijanarko Adipratomo (Indonesia) Ms Seo Ji Eun (Jessy) (Republic of Korea) Mr Mohd Hafiz Ariffin (Malaysia) Mr Oliver Zikai Lim (Singapore) Mr Krittee Tantivisikul (Thailand) APR AWARDS COMMITTEE Mr Mohammed Ali Khalid (India) Chairman Members Dr Mohammed Mukhyuddin Bin Sarwani (Malaysia) Mr George I Fairbairn (New Zealand) Mr Anthony Thng (Singapore) Mr Prakorb Mukura (Thailand) Mr Abdullah Rasheed (Regional Director) APR FOUNDATION MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE Mr Simon Hang Bock Rhee (Korea) President Dr William George Wells (Australia) Vice President Mr Mohammed Ali Khaiid (India) Promotion Coordinator Mr Wai-Chi Paul Ho (Hong Kong) Treasurer Members Mohammad Habibul Alam (Bangladesh) Alexander Wong (Hong Kong) Yasuhiko Paul Miki (Japan) Mr Seung-Su Kim (Republic of Korea) Mr Kuniichi Komachi (Japan) CONSULTANTS TO THE APR SCOUT COMMITTEE Mr Tan Sri Kamarul Arifin DBP (Malaysia) APRSC Chairman, 1974-76 Mr Chang-Kyun Chu (Scouts of China) APRSC Chairman, 1979-80 Mr Manzoor Ul-Karim (Bangladesh) APRSC Chairman, 1984-86 Mr Abu Hena (Bangladesh) APRSC Chairman, 1986-89 Atty Francisco S Roman (Philippines) APRSC Chairman, 1989-92 Mr Shoei-Yun Wu (Scouts of China) APRSC Chairman, 1992-95 Dr Ming-Huey Kao (Scouts of China) APRSC Member, 1980-84 Mr Felix Li Tai Ho (Singapore) APRSC Chairman, 1995-98 Mr Herman CS Hui (Hong Kong) APRSC Chairman, 1998-2001 Mr Kim Kyu Young (Republic of Korea) Regional Director, 1990-2002 Mr Anthony Thng (Singapore) APRSC Chairman, 2001-04 Ms Kirsty Brown, AOM (Australia) APRSC Vice Chairman, 2001-04 Mr Mohammed Ali Khalid (India) APRSC Vice Chairman, 2007-09 Mr Tan Cheng Kiong (Singapore) APRSC Vice Chairman, 2007-09 Dato Haj Kaharudin bin Momin (Malaysia) Chief Commissioner, APR EXECUTIVE STAFF Mr Abdullah Rasheed Regional Director Mr Shree Prassanna Shrivastava Director, Develoment Support & Finance Ms Luz Taray Director, Communications & Strategy Mr Syd Castillo Director, Youth Programme Mr Thian Hiong Boon Director, Adult Resources & Administration Ms Rosario N Talaguit Unit Manager, Office Management Farouk Bouraoui Development Support Manager 62 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012 63 64 APR Triennial Report 2009-2012