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Botswana Scouts shine during Africa Scouts Day

Publishing Date : 19 March, 2018

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More than 1,300 Scout, young people and adults, from 26 countries in Africa and beyond gathered at the City Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe to celebrate the Africa Scout Day. This year's celebration was held under the theme of "Uniting young people through Scouting."


The celebrations started with a colorful street procession from Harare Museum to the stadium where all participants gathered to celebrate and officially close the 3-day International Scout Camp. The procession was led by a group of drum majorettes, the Dzivarasekwa High School Drummers who displayed an overwhelming performance throughout the entire route. Apart from the participants several other partner organizations including the Zimbabwe United Nations Association (ZUNA), UNICEF - Ureport and PACHIKORO were represented.


The international Scout participants were drawn from Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, The Gambia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, United Kingdom, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education in the Government of Zimbabwe, Prof. Paul Mauhima graced the ceremony as the Chief Guest. Different speakers urged Scouts unite and be the agents of change and development in Africa. In an interview, the Minister of Education in the Government of Zimbabwe, Prof. Paul Mauhima said,


"Scouting is important…it builds the appropriate values for a productive life in the future. A life that could be useful to the community. I really commend you for what you are doing." "I see the Scouting movement, especially in the girls and boys in the movement, taking the lead in regenerating hope for Zimbabwe. So I want to urge and encourage them to continue to do what they are doing. But also to bring in a lot of youth to be part and parcel of the movement," said the Chief Guest.


Speaking at the event, Craig Turpie the Executive Chairperson World Scout Committee urged Scout to use the skills they are gaining in the present to solve the needs not only of Africa but of the world as a whole by uniting and speaking a common language of hope as they remain Discipline and protect the young ones in the movement by implementing the 2017 Baku resolution at the conference for each NSO to have an Internal Affairs and Youth Protection person.


The Executive Chairperson of Africa Scout Committee ALT. Dr. Davis also graced the occasion urged young people in the continent to be united and take up an active role in the development of Africa stating that without the youth we as a continent cannot fight poverty and diseases


The Southern zone – Executive chairperson LT. Ezekiel Malenya who was awarded Gold pin, 3rd highest in the Foundation was made Ambassador for the World Scouting Foundation and member of Africa Scout Foundation. In his welcoming remark he encouraged the scouts to be the change that Africa needs; indeed, and be the change that the world needs hence reminded NSOs to Tap to the new technology and attractive programs in place like STEM and Solar.


The Regional director Mr. Frederic Tutu Kama-Kama reminded Scouts and the world as a whole to pay attention to what Scouts are doing right now as evident in the young people in the movement at a tender age who represent our societies positively and not negatively. Botswana was recognized for its efforts in growth and Development for being the second best after Kenya worldwide and for its efforts in the moulding of young people into responsible citizens through the Scouting youth programs.


Kenya was applauded for its strategic approach to membership registration and its commitment to register 2.5 million Scouts in the next three years and making it Mandatory for every learning institution to have Scouting movement. Ethiopia was awarded for being great environmentalists as Swaziland took home a trophy for sending a great number of young people to the Africa Scouts Day. Zimbabwe was awarded for being excellent hosts for the event


The Africa Scout Day was set through a resolution of the Council of Ministers of the then Organization of African Unity (OAU) - now African Union (AU), meeting in June 1995. This was in recognition of the Scout movement's contribution to the education of young people and the development of Africa.


In September 2010, the Africa Scout Committee resolved to give the Africa Scout Day celebration a regional outlook, by assigning a National Scouting Organization to host the main celebration; whereby Scouts celebrate in their respective NSOs. We have successfully held previous celebrations in Burundi, Angola, Ethiopia, Swaziland, Uganda, Ghana and Tanzania.


The purpose of the annual Africa Scout Day, marked on the 13th of March is to celebrate the Scout Movement's contribution to the development of Africa. The day also provides an opportunity for Scouts and Scouters throughout the region to take stock of the achievements of Scouting and build partnerships for more social impact in Africa. To know more visit.

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