inbox@apr September 2004
KOREA • 25th Asia Pacific Jamboree
This year’s Asia Pacific Jamboree marked its 24th time (since 1973) held in conjunction with Korea Scout Association’s 11th National Jamboree. Mt Sorak - now a prominent landmark for Scouting, once again became a city of tents from 5th to 11th August. Over 10,000 participants came from all provinces of Korea and from 25 other countries. Participants consisted of Scouts – boy and girls – ages 13 to 17 years. Rover Scouts of Korea played major roles in managing the events and operation of the Jamboree during those seven days of on and off-site activities.
JAPAN • Asia Pacific Scouts discover more of Japan
All National Scout Organizations in Asia Pacific were represented at the annual invitation programme of the Scout Association of Japan. The invitation offered a two-way educational exchange – for Scouts in Asia Pacific to discover and understand the Japanese way of life, and for Japanese Scouts to learn from the sharing of their counterparts from other countries. A venture event was an integral part of the programme. Getting invited into Japanese homes was an essential component of the cultural exchange to really get into the heart of Japan. And to have a global picture of Scouting, participants joined the international youth forum where they heard about Scouting in the Asia-Pacific Region and in the world from a talk by Regional Chairman Anthony Thng.
MALAYSIA • Learning Organization Seminar
The national seminar-workshop on Learning Organization in Kuala Lumpur was the first seminar initiated by a national Scout association after the regional seminar was introduced in Hong Kong by the World Scout Bureau/APR. A total of 18 participants from 10 states of Malaysia attended the seminar from 20-24 August in Selangor. Malaysia’s key leaders fully supported the event.
MALAYSIA • Malaysia reviews strategic plan
In February 2003, the National Executive Committee of Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia adopted their national strategic plan. At the recent meeting of twenty key leaders, each priority was reviewed, such as 1) Organization of the 21st Century 2) Youth Involvement 3) Volunteers in Scouting 4) Scouting’s Profile 5) Membership Growth. A coordinator for each priority was appointed to take the lead in implementing the plan. Mr Prassanna of APR office facilitated the planning exercise.
INDONESIA • First Asia Pacific Air Internet Jamboree
This August, the First Asia-Pacific Air Internet Jamboree was organized for the region, hosted by Gerakan Pramuka. Indonesian Minister for Communication and Information officially opened the Jamboree at the Cibubur Scout Camp, east of Jakarta, on 6 August. The minister highlighted that through the A-P Air Internet Jamboree, Scouts can build good relationships and better understanding while using the radio and internet as tools. The minister autographed the special First Asia-Pacific Air Internet Jamboree commemorative cover, issued by PT Pos Indonesia (Indonesian Postal Service) in a limited quantity of 3,000 pieces. Among those Scout associations that participated, Boy Scouts of the Philippines wrote “it was truly a wonderful experience for our Scouts to join an activity using the radio and internet.” In Islamabad, Pakistan, two patrols took part in the Jamboree, and gave this feedback “Internet Jamboree gives us the opportunity to share ideas and knowledge…thus promoting the environment of fraternity and tolerance between Scouts of the world.”
MANILA • Visit of WOSM Secretary General
The regional office in Manila had the privilege to receive the new WOSM Secretary General Dr Eduardo Missoni. The visit includes a debriefing on regional operations stressing more on the challenges and issues encountered both at region and national levels. Dr Missoni spared time for individual discussions with all APR executives. Separate meetings were arranged with Boy Scouts of the Philippines. In all the meetings, Dr Missoni underscored what Scouting is doing for humanity and the difference it can make to promote peace. He encouraged all to look at the Scout Movement not only as an international organization but as a global organization. He recognized the need for a better networking between the World Scout Bureau offices (Geneva and regions) and with Scout organizations.
REGIONAL OFFICE • Visit of Internal Auditor
APR office staff welcomed Mr John Neysmith, Internal Auditor of WOSM, for a weeklong financial and management audit of the regional office and an opportunity for the executives for individual meetings with the auditor. This is part of a chain of visits undertaken by Mr Neysmith to all regional offices of WOSM. The purpose was to review operational procedures in accounting, finance, material management and HR. The World Scout Committee created the position of Internal Auditor with the overall objective of an optimum business operation within and between the regions as well as Geneva.
REGION • Youth Involvement
A policy on “Youth Involvement in the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee, including Sub-Committees and Workstreams” was approved by the Regional Scout Committee and will commence at the 4th APR Youth Forum in December 2004 in Brunei Darussalam. APR office has circulated the implementing guidelines. Under this concept, six young people will be elected at the Youth Forum in Brunei to form the Young Adult Member Group of the region. This gives them the opportunity to take responsibilities in the operations of Scouting at region and world level structures. The elected Chairman of this group will represent the youth of the region at all appropriate forums.
REGION • Study on Membership Trend
The question of ups and downs of Scouting membership in the region is so far expressed only in figures. What lies beyond the trend is what the APR office aims to determine in an on-going study with all APR countries reflecting the trend in the last couple of years. APR office coordinates with a research group, headed by Dr Evelina Vicencio, who are undertaking a more in-depth look behind the numbers in order to determine the various factors – like Scouting programme, activities, leadership training, co-education, membership fees, PR campaigns, external influences – that directly affect membership. Results of the study will be presented at the upcoming regional conference in Brunei.
REGION • APR Scout Foundation Fellowship Meeting
Invitation is extended to all APR Foundation members for the fellowship meeting on 7 December during the Regional Scout Conference in Brunei Darussalam. This is the first formal meeting of members since the Foundation’s inception in 1991. A special programme would be available for members who are not attending the conference.
TUVALU • New Chief Commissioner
Reverend Puafitu Faaalo was appointed National Chief Scout Commissioner at the first Tuvalu National Scout Council held in June 2004 in Funafuti, the capital of Tuvalu. Other Commissioners have also been appointed to jointly work on reorganizing and strengthening the Tuvalu Scout Association in accordance with the newly adopted national organizational structure.
ARAB REGION • 7th International Youth Gathering
Every year, the Arab Region extends invitation to Scouts from other countries for a cultural exchange in Egypt. This is a rare opportunity for young people to re-discover the world’s ancient civilization and the rich cultural heritage that Egypt offers. This year, nine Scouts from Bhutan, Maldives, Philippines, Nepal Sri Lanka and Pakistan are jointly sponsored by the Arab Regional Office and Asia Pacific Office to attend the gathering from 1st to 10th September.
Aside from the International Youth Gathering, this is a good opportunity for Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed to visit the Arab Scout Office in Cairo to foster inter-regional cooperation between the Asia-Pacific and the Arab Region.
AFRICA REGION • 12th Africa Scout Conference
National Scout associations in Africa Region will convene in Mauritius for the Africa Scout Conference this 6-10 September. To show inter-regional solidarity, Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed is representing the Asia Pacific Region to this conference. This conference has the theme “Africa Scouting Reaches Out Beyond Frontiers” and will highlight, among several others, the 10-year development plan of Africa, and its interventions for peace and HIV/AIDS.
MACAU • Strategic Planning
The Scout Association of Macau will hold its national strategic planning workshop on 25-29 September. The workshop is for national commissioners to be facilitated by the World Scout Bureau Asia Pacific Regional office. This will be the first time that such workshop is to be held in Macau.
REGIONAL OFFICE • Staff Development Workshop
As part of the yearly activity for staff development, the regional office is arranging a workshop for enhancing creativity and memory power for all members of the staff. This was the topic chosen by the APR staff who are taking part in the activity on 17-18 September.
BANGLADESH • 2nd APR Unit Leaders Roundtable
Unit Leaders will have another opportunity to gather and discuss the challenges they face as leaders of young people. Bangladesh Scouts takes the responsibility of hosting the second APR Unit Leaders Roundtable (the first one was in Hong Kong in 2002) on 7-11 October at the National Training Centre in Mouchak, Bangladesh.
JAPAN • ICT-Youth Programme Workshop
Integrating Youth Programme and ICT is the focus of the workshop to be organized by the Scout Association of Japan. The aim is to provide practical tools in developing attractive youth programme utilizing new developments in communications & information technology. The workshop will take place on 14-18 October at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo, to be jointly facilitated by the APR Youth Programme Sub-Committee and ICT Sub-Committee.
Mark these deadlines on your
• 30 September 2004
- submission of entry form for the APR Scout Golf Tournament
- submission of application for NSO presentation at the APR Scout Conference
• 31 October 2004
- submission of reply to the invitation for hosting the 26th APR Scout Jamboree