inbox@apr June 2004
FIJI • The South Pacific Connection
At the strategic planning workshop of the Council of the South Pacific Scout Associations in Lautoka, Fiji in May, a vision called “A New Horizon 2013” for the South Pacific was designed. The vision incorporates a 3-year strategic plan having six priorities, which are youth programme, adult resources, Scout brand (image of Scouting), communications, management, and finance. Executives of the World Scout Bureau/Asia Pacific facilitated the events with Fiji Scouts Association as host.
The Council is a cluster of countries and territories that are either members of world Scouting or associate or potential members. Participating Scout leaders were from Fiji, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Tonga, Solomon Islands, French Polynesia and Kiribati, with the special participation of Scouts Australia, and Scouting New Zealand. It was a historic meeting and considered an exercise worth undertaking. The council elected Tabwea Teitiniman of Kiribati as new Council chairman and Iteni Helu of Tonga as vice-chairman. The secretariat, formerly based in Fiji, is now in Kiribati.
The formation of this Council goes back to 1992 when the Regional Scout Conference in Jakarta adopted a resolution establishing the South Pacific Emerging National Scout Associations (SPENSOC) as it was called then, for the primary reason of encouraging mutual cooperation and support from outside organizations, as well as for establishing lines of communication.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA • New targets for Scouting
Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed embarked on a series of visits to South Pacific countries starting in Papua New Guinea. With the dynamism and foresight of the new Chief Commissioner, Capt. Sere Kala, new targets are set for Scouting in PNG. These include the extension of Scouting to areas not covered particularly the schools, churches and new settlement areas; a more proactive involvement of Scouting in community work especially during critical situations; and the promotion of gender equality in leadership.
Collaboration is being formed with the Australian Institute for the involvement of Scouts in the prevention of HIV/AIDS, with AIDS being an emerging social concern in PNG.
NEW CALEDONIA • Where Scouting thrives well
After 70 years of Scouting in the country, a Regional Director visited New Caledonia for the first time. New Caledonians expressed their joy to belong to a large worldwide movement despite their small number. There are a little over 300 Scouts in territory under Scouts de France. The main island of Noumea has two groups, all church based, and another group is in the largest island, Lifou with the tribal community.
The territory has an established national structure for Scouting with a national council of ten members led by Chief Commissioner Michel Riverce, and having a two-storey office building owned by the association. It is in Noumea that the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is based, for which coordination could be made by Scouts around the Pacific Rim particularly with the SPC youth division.
VANUATU • Looking into the development of Scouting
Vanuatu is one of the emerging Scouting countries in the South Pacific. This was also the first visit of a Regional Director to this independent country where Scouting has been in existence for more than five decades. There used to be two Scouts groups in the country (one group was attached to Scouts de France and the other group with UK Scouts). In 1999, these groups merged and are now governed by one constitution.
At the gathering of old-time Scouters in Vanuatu with the Regional Director, discussions focused on ways to strengthen Scouting in the country. They assured to look into pressing issues of Scouting and to raise these issues to the national leadership.
SOLOMON ISLANDS • Scouting back on track
Having gone through ethnic tension in early 2001, Scouting suffered serious setback that likewise pervaded the development and social life in the island.
After the tension, Scouting was slow to pick up momentum until April 2004. By then the Scouts of Solomon Islands managed to hold their AGM and a new council was put in place. Support continues to come from the government particularly the Ministry of Planning and Human Resources Development, the Ministry for Home Affairs, Women, Youth and Sports and the Governor General and Chief Scout Sir John Ini Lapli who has always been active in Scouting. The British High Commissioner, Mr Brian Baldwin, who himself was an active Scout, committed to support Scouting.
A project is underway for establishing a National Youth Centre complex in Honiara, funded by EU together with UK, with sports facilities and as a ‘home’ for the youth of the country, where all other youth related activities including Scouting and other NGOs could be represented.
BRUNEI • National Youth Programme Workshop
The APR programme team led the national workshop in Bandar Seri Begawan from the 29th to 31st of May. Here the participants discussed the characteristics of the evolutionary development of young people and how Scouting responds to these characteristics and young people’s needs. The 30 participants are a heterogeneous group of young people and senior commissioners.
Programme Sub-Committee chairman Paulus Tjakrawan, member Peter Blatch, PPNBD National Programme Commissioner Pg. Mahdi Pg. Hj. Salleh and Syd Castillo of APR office run the workshop.
JAPAN • Preparatory Meeting for APR ICT-Programme Workshop
The Scout Association of Japan invited Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed for a preparatory meeting for the proposed ICT and Programme Workshop in October 2004, to be held at the Olympic Memorial Youth Centre in Tokyo. A national symposium will be integrated in the workshop, specifically designed for around 40 local executives.
It was also an opportunity for key leaders of SAJ as well as Asia-Pacific committee members to confirm Japan’s representation in all upcoming regional events, both involving young people and adults. Discussions with the Chiba Council highlighted the 10-year youth exchange programme between the Chiba Scout Council and the Quezon City Council of Boy Scouts of the Philippines.
TAIWAN • World Scout Moot
With barely two months to go before the World Scout Moot in Taiwan, a regional circular was issued announcing that the organizers are accepting last minute registration, especially from Scout associations in the Asia-Pacific Region. Taking the opportunity of the proximity of Taiwan to its Asia Pacific neighbours, participation is highly encouraged as this happens only every four years. More information on the Moot can be viewed at www.moot2004.org.
PHILIPPINES • Visit of Vietnamese Scout Leader
On the 28th of May, the APR staff received Mr Thuat Nguyen, Chairman of the International Central Committee of Vietnamese Scouting, at the Manila office. Mr Nguyen is based in Australia. He and his wife, also a Scout Leader, were on a series of travel to Europe and to the United States to promote the interests of Vietnamese International Scouting. In Vietnam, the Minister of the Interior issued legislation for new associations in Vietnam in January 2004. At WOSM, the new legislation is being studied and would proceed with the revival of Scouting in Vietnam with prudence and undergo necessary stages.
BANGLADESH • 2nd APR Unit Leaders Roundtable
The Executive Committee of Bangladesh Scouts has expressed interest to host the 2nd APR Unit Leaders Roundtable on 7-12 October 2004. Details are being worked out and will be announced soon.
NEPAL • SAF Camp Rescheduled in October
The SAF Camp originally set last April but was postponed, for security reasons, is now reset to 31 October – 05 November 2004 in Nepal. Scouts from the SAARC sub-region are expected to this event. The sub-region includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The Goodwill Ambassador of the South Asia Foundation is sponsoring the camp.
FIJI • New Leadership
Following the resignation of Chandra Shekhar, a new acting Chief Commissioner has been appointed – Mr Ron Jorgensen – who had served as CC in previous years, and has been active in regional events.
BRUNEI • Regional Scout Committee
All is set for the 5-6 June meeting of the Regional Scout Committee in Bandar Seri Begawan to thoroughly discuss the mechanics of the upcoming Regional Scout Conference and to visit the venue of the conference – the International Convention Centre.
BRUNEI • Foundation Management Committee
A meeting of the APR Foundation Management Committee takes place this 4th of June in Brunei to tackle capital investments, recruitment, and the selection of project grants for this year. Attending the meeting are Mr Herman Hui (Chairman), and members Dr George Huang, Mr Mohammad Khalid and Mr Sutham Phanthusak.
TIMOR LESTE • First Annual General Assembly • National Strategic Planning
Scouting will make history in Dili this June when Scout leaders will approve the national Scout constitution and elect an interim leadership. To follow immediately is a 5-day planning meeting to envision the future of Scouting and to design the national association’s priorities.
THAILAND • 25th APR Jamboree Preparatory Meeting
For the second time, the planning committee will meet in Bangkok for an update on the 25th APR Jamboree preparations on 3rd June, to be hosted by the Minister of Education, Dr Kwang Ronkob, Vice-Minister of Education. He will be joined by Dr Prapatpongse Senarit, Secretary under the state of Education Ministry, the Host Steering Committee, APR Scout Committee Chairman Anthony Thng and Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed.
AFGHANISTAN • Training for Leaders • Drafting national Scout constitution
Having visited Afghanistan on two different occasions, and with the assistance of Afghanistan-based Col. David Ross, re-starting Scouting in the country is an enormous challenge. The good news is, there’s a huge youth potential there. And the big challenge is, there’s not enough leaders to take on the task. This July, an APR led training team will organize a basic training for unit leaders that will provide them the proper perspective of what Scouting is, and to explain the concept of volunteerism in Scouting.
Simultaneous with the training course will be a meeting with national leaders on the drafting of a national Scout constitution for Afghanistan.
The natural attractions of one of the world’s landmarks of Scouting – Mt Sorak – await Scouts, girls and boys, this 5-11 August 2004. All participating countries are invited to make traditional performances and bring materials for display of their unique traditions and cultures. For inquiries, contact Korea Scout Association at email@example.com.
Mark these dates on your calendar:
• 30 June 2004
– submission of replies for the 2nd Asia-Pacific Poster Competition
– submission of replies for the APR Course for Leader Trainers
- submission of replies for the 4th APR Youth Forum
• 31 July 2004
- submission of nomination form for the 2nd Asia-Pacific Regional Award for
• 30 September 2004
- submission of entry form for the APR Scout Golf Tournament