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Page 1 From NSOs Peace and development Scouts changing lives
MoP Heroes Award International Day of Peace
Page 2 From ARO Woodbadge Re-union NIYOA holds its 3rd Annual Seminar in Nairobi Africa at the 14th World Scout Moot Empowering NSOs through training
Page 3 UGANDA - Uganda Scouts Association with support from UNICEF Uganda organized a Conference for National Scout Organizations Officials from the Great Lakes Region as the first phase of the rollout of U-report with Scouts from September 24 to 27th with 216 delegates attending. The opening ceremony was graced by King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru who's the reigning Omukama of Toro Kingdom accompanied by the Queen Mother. Also in attendance were the Vice Chairman, Africa Scout Committee, Mr. Bashir and World Scout Bureau Africa Regional Office staff, UNICEF Uganda representatives and Uganda Scout Association senior officials. The Conference brought together NSOs from Rwanda, Ethiopia, DRC-Congo, Kenya, Burundi, South Sudan, Tanzania, Ghana and the host Uganda. With the theme ‘Scouts for Social Change’, the Conference was focusing on building the capacity of National Scout Associations to rollout U-report enabling more Scouts and young people to speak out on what’s happening in their communities and amplify their voices. U-Report is a free SMS-based system that allows young people to speak out on what is happening in their communities across the country, and work together with community leaders for positive change. The Conference also explored the involvement of Scouts in the Great Lakes Region Peace Process.
While opening the Conference, King Oyo promised to reach out to fellow kings and encourage them to support and embrace the U-Report programme. "The new system of U-Report is an excellent move. I am going to persuade other kings to support it. I am very happy that the biggest percentages of U-Reporters are youth. I am proud to champion the needs of young people and to inspire and change their mindset," King Oyo said. Dr Maggie Kigozi, who is also the Chief Scout of Uganda Scouts Association, encouraged many youth to join U-Report, saying it is an opportunity to communicate the challenges that are hindering them in a fast and efficient way. “We want to create the type of youth who are community-oriented, disciplined and exemplary and this can be well obtained through the use of U-Report. We want our youths to communicate challenges that they are facing like rape or defilement,” Dr Kigozi said. The closing ceremony was presided over by Hon David Bahati who's Chairperson of the National Scout Board and a Member of Parliament in the Uganda parliament. At the end of the event, participants and member organizations were honored with certificates of participation and appreciation.
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Events 1st World Scout Education calendar Congress 16th Africa Scout Conference and 7th Youth Forum
FOCUS ON NSOs Peace and development
Messengers of Peace Heroes Award
SENEGAL – From the 23rd – 30th August, top NSO Leaders from the West Africa zone converged at the Hotel des Almadides in Dakar, Senegal for the 9th Zonal conference where Scouting matters were discussed and way forward. Alongside the conference there were other co-events taking place. These were the Africa Scout Committee meeting and the West Africa Zonal Youth Forum.
SAUDI ARABIA – The MoP Heroes Award recognizes Scouts who have done exemplary work in promoting the Messengers of Peace initiative in their countries as well as involved in projects that help advance the cause of Scouting to create a better world. The Award ceremony took place on 23rd September 2013 at a Scout Ceremony to mark the 83rd Saudi National Day in Al Baha, Saudi Arabia. The seven heroes received their awards jointly from their Royal Highnesses Prince Faisal Bin Abdullah, Minister for Education and Chief Scout of Saudi Arabian Scouts Association and Prince Mushari Bin Mohammed, the Governor of Al Baha Region. Mr. Siegfried Weiser, World Scout Foundation Board Chairman, Mr. John Geoghegan, Director, World Scout Foundation, Mr. Peter Illig, WOSM Global Projects Coordinator among other dignitaries were also present.
The conference was graced by the Minister of Youth from Senegal who was representing the Prime Minister, the Chief Operating Officer, World Scout Bureau, Mr. Aidan Jones, Africa Scout Chairperson, Mr. Gilbert Mussumba and the members of the Africa Scout Committee, World Scout Bureau Africa Regional Office, Regional Director, Mr. Frederic Kama Kama, Director Information Services, Mr. Ray Saunders, former chairperson of the World Scout Committee, Ms. Marie-Louise Correa. The following NSOs participated in the conference, Bénin, Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinée-Conakry, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo.
Nelson Ochieng Opany is the Messengers of Peace National Coordinator in Kenya, where he also serves as the National Youth Representative and Chairperson of the Eastern Africa Zonal Scout Youth Forum.
With the theme, “The peace and development: A matter of Education”, the Minister of Youth officially opened the event by commending the Scouts for changing the lives of the less fortunate in their communities. The Executive Commissioner of Senegal Scout Association welcomed the participants and took the opportunity to thank their NSOs for their continued and great support. The acting president of the western zone, Mr. Honoré Djivo, explained the importance of the theme for the zone, the purpose of the conference and the proposed agenda.
In August this year, he was the only one from the Africa Scout Region nominated for the Messengers of Peace Heroes Award. Other nominees included Umit Savas Baran from Turkey, Guadalupe Sanmateu from Geneva, Atta Verin from Indonesia, Sophie Urbano Castillo from Phillipines, Irina Pruidze from Georgia and Jameel from Saudi Arabia. “A scout is never taken by surprise. He knows exactly what to do when something unexpected happens.” These words by Baden Powell were the inscription on the MoP Heroes trophies they received.
Ms. Marie-Louise made a vibrant testimony on the wide potential of Scouting in non-formal education. Mr. Gilbert congratulated the Senegalese Scout Leaders and called on the zonal leaders to implement an efficient Scout program for the achievement of the Scout mission. Among the activities that took place during the conference was the adoption of the 8th conference report, presentation of individual reports from NSOs, discussions and election of the 10th Zonal conference and Youth Forum host. A workshop on best practices in governance and management, youth empowerment and advocacy was held where different issues were discussed in length.
While accepting the Award he said, “When I began my work with MoP in Kenya last year the country was going through tough times of national reconciliation and healing. Together with the rest of my team of Rover Scouts at Kenya Scouts Association, we tried in our own little ways to contribute to that process through various actions across the country. I am delighted to accept this great recognition. For me it is a testimony of what it means to do something out of passion without expecting any reward for it.” The Africa Scout Region congratulates Nelson on attaining this global recognition. We believe he is an inspiration and role model to many other young people across the continent and wish him well in his future work with Scouting.
After the conference the participants joined the Senegalese Scouts in celebrating their centenary where different and diverse activities were done. Later a visit to the Prime Minister’s office was organized for the World Scout Bureau executives and heads of delegations.
International Day of Peace
BURUNDI – More than 513 Scouts from 40 groups in the Bujumbura Mairie region in collaboration with a few NGOs among them, Search for Common Ground and Network of Youth in Action for Peace, Reconciliation and Development celebrated the International Day of Peace in style. The activities begun with a march to signify peace, with 300 messages of peace have been shown to inspire and the surrounding community to make the first step, because peace is defined as a journey.
Scouts changing lives
BURUNDI - Scouts from the Imbo region in Burundi mobilized themselves during their school vacation to make house bricks for an elderly woman who’s also a former Scout. According to the Scouts, the elderly woman had played a big role in her active Scouting years by training and educating Scouts and guides and hence deserved the kind gesture.
The Scouts and young people held competitions where poems, dances, skits and games with Peace themes were presented. The best presentations were awarded with prizes and goodies to encourage them to be messengers of peace. The organizers of the event gave their final thanks and encouraged the Scouts and other young people from other organizations to work together to spread messages of peace in their communities.
The group of Scouts who are all registered Messengers of Peace, wanted to give their time and resources in helping in the manufacture of bricks to be used in building her house. More than 1500 bricks were prepared.
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FROM THE REGIONAL OFFICE Woodbadge Re-union
NIGERIA - The 2013 National Woodbadge Re-union was hosted by the Nigeria National Scout Organization National Headquarters in conjunction with the Edo State Scout Council on the 13th -15th of September 2013 at Oba Aken’zua Scout Camp, Benin City Nigeria. The program was coordinated by a renowned Leader Trainer in Nigeria; Mr. Idowu Esan (LT) Former National Headquarters Commissioner for Programs and Immediate Past Training Coordinator for the West Africa Zonal Committee. The Chief Re-Unionist Dr. Gabriel Aletor in his remarks welcomed everyone to the Re-Union and advised all participants to be good Ambassadors of Scouting wherever they went. The Re-Union was chaired by the Chief Scout of Nigeria; Engr. Amadu Rufai Mohammed-MON with over Fifty Scouts and Scout Leaders in attendance. Reunion is an event, which happens every year on the first full weekend in September. It was established to mark the occasion of the first Wood Badge course in 1919, enabling Wood Badge holders from across the world to come together as the 1st Gilwell Park to Fraternize. The event is now in its yearly occurrence in Nigeria and has run since 1915 every year and is gatherings of adults who have either gain the woodbadge or attended the Adult training course within Scouting. Adult Scouts all over the country gathered to discuss Scouting in Nigeria and some of the topics that were discussed at the event were: • • •
Nigerian Scouting in the new Information Technology era: Image Laundry Motivation in Scouting: A tool for Leaders Development and Retention Messenger of Peace (MoP)
The Re-Union saw old Scouts reuniting and new friends made as well as meeting the newly elected Chief Scout. At the end of the event, the Edo State Scout Council organized a campfire where new strategies were mapped out on moving the association forward. rd
NIYOA holds its 3 Annual Seminar in Nairobi
KENYA - Member organizations of the Network of International Youth Organizations in Africa (NIYOA), which WOSM is part of, gathered at the Salveberg Retreat Centre in Nairobi for their 3rd Annual Seminar from 5th to 8th September 2013; under the theme “Post 2015 Agenda; Roadmap for International Youth Organizations in Africa.” NIYOA (www.niyoa.org) is a network that brings together international youth organizations working in Africa to empower young people to take active role in the society. As a youth platform for the International Organizations in Africa, NIYOA serves the interest of young people all over Africa, promoting their active participation in development and educating them on the values and principles of peace, democracy and co-operation. The Chief Guest was World Scout Bureau Africa Regional Office Regional Director, Mr. Frederic Tutu Kama-Kama flanked by the WAGGGS African Representative, Ms. Alice. Also present at the seminar were Marcio Barcelos representing the European Youth Forum and Salim Seif Kombo from the Pan-African Youth Union. The chairperson of NIYOA, Ms. Chantal Afou Bengaly noted various challenges facing the network and outlined various efforts being made to address them. She also stressed on the need for IYOs to participate in influencing the post 2015 agenda. Marcio, noted IYOs as essential players in development due to their grassroots’ presence and highlighted their role as educators of young people. He also expressed the EYF’s commitment to supporting the work of NIYOA. In his remarks, Mr. Kama-Kama indicated WOSM’s is commitment to support NIYOA and is open to work with organizations that share the same objectives. He went on to say that “If we consider Africa as the cradle of humanity; we have a duty to make the world enjoy Africa. Africa is trending and the future of the world is Africa”. This was his challenge to NIYOA to work towards a future for Africa, made in Africa by Africans.
Africa Represented at the 14th World Scout Moot in Canada
CANADA - The 14th World Scout Moot (Moot Canada 2013) was held in Canada at the Awacamenj Mino Scout Camp in Low, Quebec from 8th to 18th August 2013. This was the first time the Moot was held in North America and it came after Kenya Scouts Association successfully hosted the 13th World Scout Moot in 2010 for the first time in Africa. The moot brought together approximately 2,300 participants and 500 volunteers from 82 countries across globe for the 10-day experience. The Africa Scout Region was represented by 41 participants and IST members from 5 countries namely: Kenya-1, Cameroon-1, Namibia-3, Zimbabwe-3 and Angola-33. The programme of activities for the moot was designed along four different route paths (life path, eco-responsible path, adventure path and culture path) that participants had earlier selected during their registration process. Activities included onsite (water sports like canoeing, sailing and swimming, excursions and climbing), offsite (service activities in low, hikes, biking, excursions etc), social-cultural and religious activities. A special reunion of the participants and IST members from the previous moot in Kenya was also organized. This provided an opportunity for them to recollect the memories of their “ultimate discovery” in Kenya three years ago. They reunited with stories, photo session, music and dance. Wonderful moments of laughter were shared and the spirit of brotherhood rekindled. The 15th World Scout Moot will take place in the Republic of Iceland from 25th July to 2nd August 2017 under the banner “Change: Inspired by Iceland”. Iceland promises another interesting experience for everyone, and all are invited to plan to attend. The 14th World Scout Moot, deservedly termed as the “ultimate gathering of tribes, where different races meet together to once again learn to speak to each other, heartto-heart” by the elders of the Canadian First Nations was truly a memorable experiences for all who took part. Very many new friendships were formed, lots of experiences shared, lessons learned and discoveries made. Despite the challenges that came with it, especially with regard to acquisition of Visas for participants, it was a worthy and very enriching experience. Focus now shifts to Iceland, which will host the next edition of the Moot.
Empowering NSOs through training
GHANA - Ghana Scout Association held a management workshop from the 5th – 9th September 2013 that was successfully facilitated by the Manager, Adult Resource Mr. Mostaff Matesanwa and Assistant, Youth Program Mr. Jonathan Omondi, all from the World Scout Bureau, Africa Regional Office. The workshop was held at the Sam Wood Training Centre in Sakyikrom, Nsawam just outside Accra where 19 participants that included members of the National executive and Regional commissioners attended. The workshop was aimed at assisting participants in adapting to a management change process so they could ensure the efficient and effective operation of Scouting’s human and physical resources. The workshop set the business approach in Scouting, explaining why such was required and the methods of doing it. Some of the main objectives that were set at the end of the workshop were; Participants (commissioners who are key volunteers) would develop a business approach in their management roles. Participants would understand that the personal adaptation to this business approach was critical in the transformation of the Association’s management systems. The workshop would assist participants in developing an attitude change, perhaps even a cultural adaptation in certain instances, from a business perspective. Finally, participants would be able to take this business approach back home and apply it to their area of responsibility.
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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Empowering Scout Leaders with skills on how to handle people with special needs
UGANDA - Passionate about the concerns of people with special needs and their parents, Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation – Uganda (CDR - Uganda) conducted training to district scout leaders during the National scout Camp at Kaazi camping site from 23rd to 28th August 2013. This training was intended to equip the participants with basic skills on how to handle people with different disabilities and making assistive devices using locally available materials. After the training, the participants were supposed to transfer this information to their respective camps and home areas. CDR-Uganda was called upon by the Assistant Chief Commissioner in charge of people with disabilities
Memorable quote CORRECTION In our Kudumail August 2013 Edition we erroneously wrote that Nelson Mandela became SSA patron in 2004. The correct year is 1994.
“The only institution that does not know any boundary is Scouting. That is more reason we need to put our hands together and support the cause of Scouting” Richard Okello, National Executive Commissioner, Uganda Scouts Association
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(PWDs) to conduct training on scouting and disability under the junior scouts’ activity card together with other cubs scouts trainers. Kaazi National Campsite & Training grounds is located in kyadondo County, Wakiso district. This year’s national camp was attended by 2713 participants from 61 districts and these were both free campers and competitors under the command of Ms. Joanita, deputized by Mr. Ojoka Jimmy and the camp chief was Mr. Abele Emmanuel Moru.
1st World Scout Education Congress
22nd – 24th November 2013
16th Africa Scout Conference and 7th Africa Scout Youth Forum
STAY IN TOUCH! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scouting-in-the-Africa-Region/163797806967899?sk=wall The training was attended by 157 scout leaders from 61 districts and was fully participatory, giving every participant an opportunity to learn and share experiences and challenges faced in handling a person with disability. This year’s competition were also attended St. Philomena Budadiri Girls – Unit for the deaf (Dog Patrol) from Sironko District. They were accompanied by their teachers/ Scout Leaders Fr. Wamanga Emmanuel & Miss Nantongo Ketty Sempa.
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St. Philomena Budadiri Girls – Unit for the Deaf (Dogs Patrol) from Sironko District is part of the many other units that have benefited and still enjoying the benefits of being part of the bigger family of Scouting in Uganda.
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