Strategy - Africa 10 year plan
Supporting better Scouting for more young Africans
The international Scout Movement has a long and illustrious history and is a world leader in educating the youth. Scouting inspires patriotism, sound moral values, courage, character building, self-reliance and community awareness. It also motivates the youth to achieve their full potential.
SCOUTING: Striving to meet the needs of African youth and their communities
The leaders of Scouting in 37 countries in Africa believe that Scouting has tremendous potential to help with the education and development of young people. They want to take action and have created a Ten-Year Development Plan to establish the strategic priorities, and to find additional resources. The Plan was formally adopted in 2001 at the 11th Africa Scout Conference, the triennial General Assembly of National Scout Associations in Africa
The challenge: Finding resources to do more.
60% of Africa's population is below the age of 25 years. This very large group of young people is daily confronted by almost insurmountable challenges of poverty, unemployment, hunger and malnutrition, diseases - especially HIV/AIDS, as well as crime and civil strife.
Scouting is the largest youth organization in Africa, and in many places it is the only youth organization.
Scouting does not promise a quick cure to these problems, but it is making a significant contribution to the development of society through the education of young people.
In many countries, 5 to 20% of youth are Scouts. In most countries of Africa fewer than 1% are Scouts. The opportunity is simply not available.
Experience shows that Scouting is attractive to young people when it is offered to them, yet Scouting remains largely inaccessible to many due to constraints of terrain, distance, weak infrastructure within a country, and general inadequacy of resources, both human and financial.
We believe that this potential can only be unlocked by developing the human resources of the continent, particularly its youth. Scouting uses its particular educational method which makes each individual the principal agent in his or her own personal development in order to produce individuals who become autonomous, supportive, responsible and committed, and are prepared to play an active and constructive role in society.
" The international Scout movement has a long and illustrious history and is a world leader in educating the youth. Scouting inspires patriotism, sound moral values, courage, character building, self-reliance and community awareness. It also motivates the youth to achieve their full potential.”
From Nelson Mandela’s message to the opening ceremony of the 35th World Scout Conference in Durban, South Africa in 1999
FACING THE CHALLENGES IN AFRICA: A PRACTICAL LONG TERM VIEW
Scouts in Africa, together with their leaders at national and world levels want to take action. Their vision is based on a personal understanding of the needs in Africa, and a belief in the power of Scouting to make a difference today, and tomorrow.
Today there is Scouting in almost every country of the world, including 37 African countries. The Movement is almost 100 years old, and still growing.
Scouting is a specific system of non-formal education for the development of young people and the improvement of their communities.