NAIROBI, December 7, 2009 – Upon his appointment, the Regional Director, Mr. Frédéric Tutu Kama-Kama hit the ground running. He and the Secretary General, Mr. Luc Panissod, spent the better part of November visiting NSOs (National Scout Organizations) from West Africa. These NSOs are, Bénin, Togo, Mali, Sénégal, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Guinea.
At the 14th Africa Scout Conference that was held in Ghana, Accra from 9th to 12th November 2009, a new Regional Committee was elected. The new Chairperson for the committee is Jemima Nartey (Ghana), while the Vice Chairman is Dr Jabulani Muchado (Botswana).
NIAMEY - Within the framework of the implementation of WOSM’s strategic priority number 7 (Scouting’s Profile), the Association des Scouts du Niger adopted a multi-level partnership approach as a means to achieve this objective. Thus, since 2003 to date, this West African NSO boasts of encouraging results in the following fields: partnership with the media, national leadership, international partnerships and in terms of its impact in society.
The 14th Africa Scout Conference beat all odds to become yet another important milestone for the Region. From Monday 9th to Thursday 12th November 2009, the event brought together 134 people. The conference took place at Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, in Accra. Earlier, the 5th Africa Scout Youth Forum had taken place successfully from 4th to 6th November 200, at Tills No. 1 Beach Hotel.
NIAMEY – In the wake of the destruction of the town of Agadez by floods, 40 Scouts left Niamey, destination: Agadez, with a mission of helping the floods victims. Their response was swift and generous.
NAIROBI - In the annals of Scouting in Africa, the period 2005 - 2008 has perhaps been one of the most eventful eras. Whilst there was no shortage of challenges, as you read this report you will be pleased to learn that significant progress was made.
From 16 to 20 September 2009, a five-day workshop on bio-intensive farming was held at Ezemvelo Nature Reserve in South Africa. Participants came from England, Kenya, Ireland, South Africa, Swaziland, USA and Zimbabwe. Swaziland was represented by members of the Swaziland Scout Association (SSA), Wandile Simelane and Sibonakaliso Mdluli. Simelane is a teacher and Scout leader at Manzana Primary School while Mdluli is a full-time volunteer of the Thirst for Life Scout Initiative.
The fourth bi-annual Namibian Scout Jamboree took place between the 26th and 30th of August, 2009 at the Cheetah Conservation Fund outside of Otjiwarongo. For four days, the Jamboree brought together 117 young men and women from 12 to 18 years of age to hike, learn survival and life skills, meet new friends, and share information between Scout groups in the country.
World Scout Bureau appoints a new Regional Director for Africa
Following fully open processes carried out in total collaboration and full agreement with the Africa Regional Scout Committee, Mr Luc Panissod Secretary General of the World Scout Bureau is pleased to inform you that he has appointed: Mr. Frederic Tutu Kama-Kama, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as new Regional Director of the World Scout Bureau, Africa Regional Office.
Frederic is 44 years old, married and father of three. He is fully French-English bilingual and fluent in Kiswahili. He has a strong university background, holding a BA and MA in philosophy, a diploma in theological studies as well as a certificate in project management. He is currently completing a Ph.D. focusing on conflict transformation with the California Institute of Integral Studies.
We congratulate Mr Kama-Kama on his recent appointment and look forward to working with him in the future.
For more information please read circular N°21 available on the website.
OUAGADOUGOU – On the occasion of the celebration of the International Youth Day, Scouts from ASBF (Association of Scouts from Burkina Faso) joined other young people from Burkina Faso in an exercise that saw the plantation of 15000 trees in the Niaré region, near Bissiga, 40 kilometres from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.