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June 2012


News from the Africa Scout Region

Angola, 15th Africa Scout Conference becomes another milestone for Scouting

Inside Highlight

Angola, 15th Africa Scout Conference became another milestone for Scouting.

Page 1 From NSOs Mauritius starts build up activities ahead of its centenary celebrations. Uganda Scouts: Building Bridges for peace. All roads lead to Burundi for the Africa Scout Jamboree.

Page 2 From ARO We can Change the World: Ms Jemima Nartey gives her parting shot.

Inauguration Message by the new Chairman’s of the Africa Scout Committee, Mr. Gilbert Mussumba

Page 3 Community Scouts participate in the Child Development Survival Call to Action in Washington D.C.

LUANDA - From 6th to 9th June 2012 participants from various corners of the world attended the 15th Africa Scout Conference that was successfully hosted by the Angola Scout Association. The event took place at the Futungo de Belas Centre. 29 African NSOs (National Scout Associations) were represented making 54 delegates and 12 observers. In addition, 21 guests from outside Africa (Europe, Asia-Pacific and Canada) attended. The support team included 7 Africa Scout Committee members and 10 ARO staff members. In total 104 people were at the conference. A colorful opening ceremony that took place in the afternoon of 6th June attracted massive participation. More than 2000 people were in attendance. The guest of honor at the opening ceremony was His Excellency Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, the Vice President of Angola. “The Angolan government considers the Angolan Scout Association as an important partner and is committed to supporting its initiatives. I am sure that Scouts can make a difference in families, in schools and at the work place, since Scouting promotes the creation of a harmonious world”, said His Excellency the Vice President. “The Angolan government considers the Angolan Scout Association as an important partner and is committed to supporting its initiatives. I am sure that Scouts can make a difference in families, in schools and at the

work place, since Scouting promotes the creation of a harmonious world”, said His Excellency the Vice President. This ceremony was also graced by the Chairman of the World Scout Committee, Simon Rhee, the Secretary General of WOSM, Luc Panissod, some staff members from the World Scout Bureau, Central Office, some members of the World Scout Committee, among many others. Many government dignitaries were also present. The 4-day conference was rich in content. Participants took part in various topical workshops, had open forums in order to discuss directly matters affecting Scouting in the region. A Keynote address entitled “Organization of the 21st Century: Lessons from NEPARC’s Experience” was presented by Mr. Richard Hunlede, the CEO of NEPARC. Other highlights included the investiture of the Africa Scout Committee, with four new members, namely Ayim Palamwe (Togo), Danielo Ramsamy (Mauritius), Kikas Machado (Angola) and Wayne Davis (Ethiopia). The new Regional Committee Chairman is Gilbert Mussumba from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who is also the Director of the AmahoroAmani Project. At the same occasion, some Scout Leaders received the Elephant Award. Continued on page 2

Page 4 th Events 6 Africa Scout Jamboree. calendar Zonal Youth Forum and Conference. Course for Leader Trainers.

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FOCUS ON NSOs Continued from page 1 Participants also paid a courtesy call to the governor of Luanda, Bento Francisco Sebastião Bento "Bento Bento", who also hosted areception for the Africa Scout Foundation The conference came hot on the heels of the 6th Africa Youth that took place from 1st to 4th June 2012 at the Casa da Juventude in Luanda. The local host team of the forum consisted of young Angolans, namely Irma Gabriel and Belarmino Cardoso, among others, with the support from volunteers and the ARO.The closing ceremony was equally colorful, with beautiful Angolan music and awards. The next regional conference will be held in Mauritius in 2015.

Mauritius starts build up activities ahead of its centenary celebrations MAURITIUS - The Mauritius Scouts Association (MSA) held their National Rally on 24th June 2012 as part of many activities that will culminate into their centenary celebrations at the end of the year. Themed "Beyond Borders, Across the Centuries", the rally featured over 2,000 Scouts from around the island as well as members of the public.

Uganda Scouts: Building Bridges All roads lead to Burundi for the for peace Africa Scout Jamboree UGANDA - All over the world, Scouts are running projects that help the community while working for Peace in many different ways. Uganda Scouts Association is pleased to launch the ‘Building Bridges for Peace’ project as its Messengers of Peace initiative that will create a countrywide network of Scouts and other young people dedicated and working to bring Peace in their communities and support service projects around the country. The goal of ‘Building Bridges for Peace’ project is to provide a platform for young people affected by conflicts and violence to discover and develop their potential hence making them Messengers of Peace who will become change agents and the true leaders now and in the future. The Uganda Scouts Association is looking into lobbying its partners and organizations working for Peace to contribute to the ‘Building Bridges for Peace Support Fund’ that will provide financial support to service projects and Scouting around the country enabling the Scouts to implement vital projects that can change communities.

So far, the deadline for payment has been extended and Scouts from the ages 11-17 years are taking advantage and so are those intending to be International Service Team (IST).

In collaboration with Mauritius Telecom (one of the main partners of the MSA), the main event started at 11:30pm just after the Orange International Marathon ended at around 15:30pm. Different activities were conducted for Scouts based on their sections: Cub, Scout and Adventurer respectively. The Mauritius Scout Association was founded in 1912 and will turn 100 this year and Scout activities are planned all through the year. The climax of the celebrations is set for 23rd November - 3rd December 2012 during the centenary Jamboree where Scouts from all over the world are invited. The fee will be 150 USD for the International Service Team (IST) and 200 USD for the Participants and Leaders. The participation fees for overseas cover food, tents, on-site activities, Jamboree kit, camp insurance, inland transportation between the airport and the jamboree site. The deadline for the payment is 31st August 2012. For more information visit:

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BURUNDI - All eyes now shift from Angola to Burundi where the 6th Africa Scout Jamboree is set to take place from the 28th July to 5th August 2012 at the Bungere National Scout camp. The Burundi Scout Association is busy making the final touches to ensure that all participants have an experience of a lifetime.

Under the banner ‘Scouting for a positive change’, the participants will enjoy the finest of Burundi cuisine, music and dance and at the same time a fun filled Jamboree program. This will also be an opportunity for the youth of Africa to meet and vote for suitable candidates who will become youth advisors. The Building Bridges for Peace project will be launched in the districts of Lira, Pader, Agago, Kitgum, Lamwo, Amuru, Nwoya, Gulu, Adjumani, Moyo, Yumbe, Koboko, Maracha, Arua, Zombo and Nebbi. The launch is targeting the districts of Northern Uganda and West Nile because most young people below the age of 23 were born during the conflict era and have lived their entire lives in Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) camps. Also, the most affected during the conflicts are the children who are often abducted and recruited as child soldiers or wives of the rebels they suffer abuse—physical, sexual, and emotional. The Building Bridges for Peace Programme will be implemented in two phases. Phase I will aim at raising awareness and building a network of Scouts and young people. It will also work for peace in the community and provide a platform to develop potential of those affected through activities like peace caravans, cycling for peace, peace camps, rallies, soccer games, among others. Phase II on the other hand will focus on supporting innovative service projects aimed at building livelihoods, living in harmony, creating employment which will be showcased using a dedicated social media platform to allow Scouts and other young people to showcase their service projects and meet online to share their ideas, tell their stories and work together to build peace in their communities.


The registration fees are: 150 USD for Africans and 200 USD for the rest of the world. To register, contact your National Scout Association or National Scout Organization since all registration is made per contingent and no individual registration will be accepted. Those intending to participate are encouraged to make payments now!

For more information, contact: Please contact Jean Claude NIKWIBITANGA , The Director of the 6th Africa Scout Jamboree, Tel: +257 22 23 69 48, (+257) 79 915406, (+257) 77 750057, Email: oree

© 2012 World Scout Bureau – Africa Regional Office

June 2012


FROM THE REGIONAL OFFICE We can change the world: Ms Jemima Nartey gives her parting shot

Inauguration Message by the new Chairman of the Africa Scout Committee, Mr. Gilbert Mussumba Dear brothers and sisters, there are moments in one’s life that are so big that they make one speechless. I am before you today, invested as chairman of our illustrious Africa Scout Committee, for the next three years. A challenging opportunity for me and for all the Committee that, united, I am sure will realize dreams of Africa’s youth. Dear brothers and sisters in Scouting, allow me at this moment to pay a tribute to all and especially to our predecessors, Jemima Nartey (former chair), Muchado, Rodgers and Dr. Tebebe. Thank you dear friends for your inspiring contribution to the work of African Scouting, which is increasingly becoming responsive to the needs of communities.

The 15th Africa Scout Conference that took place in Angola saw the ending of the term of three Africa Scout Committee members, among them Ms. Jemima Nartey. She joined the Committee in September 2007 during the 13th Africa Scout Conference in Kigali, Rwanda and during the 14th Africa Scout Conference in Accra, Ghana she was elected chair. Her most memorable moment remains the Africa Scout Day of 2011 in Burundi, where she recalls the presence of enthusiastic villagers who were part of the celebrations, to her, this was an emphasis on how Scouting is reaching out to communities. Ms. Nartey remains grateful to the Scouting family not only in Africa but the world over for the co-operation accorded to her during her term in office. As her last nuggets of wisdom to the Scouts she said, “As African Scouts, our love for Scouting will not be complete until we have fully embraced accountability, good governance, integrity and honesty. We should live by our promise and laws. If we are to touch the world and make it a better place, we have no option but to look into ourselves and begin from there. We can change the world”. For her, Scouting has been an education ground and she is set to go back to her two Scout groups and get fully involved in the Dzorm Project (A youth leadership project in Ghana).


My thanks also go to all NSOs and you delegates who have made it possible to hold the 15th Africa Scout Conference. My gratitude also goes to the World Scout Committee, WSB, ARO and to all our brothers and sisters in Scouting from Europe and Asia Pacific. Finally what more can I say? Because words cannot express our deep gratitude, our infinite gratitude and admiration for the Scout Association of Angola. Bravo. Thank you. Obrigado. Congratulations to our newly decorated “Elephants of Africa” and to all those who are, and will continue to support the Africa Scout Foundation. Your donations are appreciated. Thank you all. Ladies and gentlemen, we have an obligation to give you a dream. The task is attainable through unity and brotherhood. Nothing is impossible with your support. The Africa Scout Committee that I have the honour to lead and will work with you in a bid to overcome all difficulties together in collaboration with ARO under the leadership of the Regional Director Frederic Kamakama to whom I pay tribute for his work in the African region. Together we will succeed. Thanks to your staff for the outstanding work because Africa needs everyone’s support to advance in terms of social force for change. As members of the Africa Scout Committee, we promise to make ourselves available exclusively for the service to NSOs, guided by our vision "to create a better world" and by our mission "To educate young people to play a constructive role in society." We are called to respond to the many challenges that lie ahead, particularly in the areas of governance, partnerships, youth program, volunteerism, technology, image and profile, and especially the challenge of declining membership. God bless Scouting in Africa. Thank you.

© 2012 World Scout Bureau – Africa Regional Office

June 2012



Memorable quote

Scouts participate in the Child Survival Call to Action in Washington D.C

“I am sure that Scouts can make a difference in families, in schools and at the work place, since Scouting promotes the creation of a harmonious world”. His Excellency Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, the Vice President of Angola.

From 14th to 15th June 2012, the Governments of Ethiopia, India and the United States, together with UNICEF, convened the Child Survival Call to Action, a meeting that was aimed at mobilizing the world toward one ambitious but simple goal of ending preventable child deaths.


They came together with the aim of celebrating successes, understanding obstacles and identifying high-impact child survival strategies necessary to accelerate progress toward ending preventable child deaths. The United States Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, convened Day One of the forum. Other key profile participants included 46 Ministers of Health, Finance and Development, decisionmakers and thought-leaders from multilateral agencies, civil society, Non-governmental organizations, the faith community and academia among others. Day Two brought together technical experts and thought-leaders working in nutrition, malaria, PMTCT, maternal and newborn health, family planning and immunization, among other areas critical to child survival. These experts worked across their fields to identify the strategies and smart investments to fight preventable child deaths.




6th Africa Scout Jamboree

28th July-5th August 2012


8th Zonal Youth Forum (West Africa Zone)

10th- 15th August 2012

Cote d’Ivoire

8th Zonal Conference (West Africa Zone)

16th – 21st August 2012

Cote d’Ivoire

Course for Leader Trainers (East Africa Zone)

19th -25th August 2012


Centenary National Jamboree

23rd November – 3rd December 2012


STAY IN TOUCH! Cleopatra John, a Scout from the Uganda Scout Association made a presentation of U-report, a project of the Association in partnership with the UNICEF where U-report, which is a social mobilebased communication tool, has been able to reach most of the young people in hard to reach areas in Uganda. Using the platform, the young people are able to send out and receive topics, questions that are from all areas of life e.g. health, economy social issues among others. The meeting that took place at Georgetown University in Washington D.C asked governments and partners to sign ‘A Promise Renewed’, a pledge to work towards greater child survival. The event promised to influence development thinking and action on a wide range of critical issues. -CONGRATULATIONS SCOUTS SOUTH AFRICA FOR THE GREENING THE FUTURE AWARD!!/ScoutingAfrica

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