inbox@apr OCTOBER 2004
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ARAB REGION ¥ Annual International Cultural Exchange Programme
To strengthen the solidarity between the Asia Pacific Office and Arab Regional office, the AP Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed visited the Cairo International Scout Centre of Arab office this September. The visit was in time with the 7th International Youth Gathering, a cultural exchange programme co-sponsored by UNESCO, in which Asia Pacific Scouts have been participating for a number of years. This year, there were 55 youth participants from 30 countries representing all six Scouting regions, and out of whom twelve were from APR coming from 9 NSOs. APR together with Arab office co-sponsored the air travel of participants from 6 NSOs in the region. In turn Arab Regional Director Fawzi Farghali will represent Arab at the Asia Pacific Regional Scout Conference in Brunei in December 2004 to share the success of several Arab Scout associations in partnership projects with various international organizations.
AFRICA REGION ¥ Africa Regional Scout Conference
It was a good opportunity for Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed and few other key leaders of the Asia Pacific Region to have attended the Africa Scout Conference in the beautiful tourist destination Mauritius on 6-10 September. The conference itself gave a substantial picture of Africa region and its meaningful projects that enhance the profile of Scouting in local communities and in establishing international partnerships. Over the years, the Asia Pacific and Africa Regions have mutually supported each other, and this was an occasion to re-establish contacts with the Africa Regional Scout Committee members, leaders of national associations, and the Africa regional staff headed by Mr Kinuthia Murugu. This Africa conference was also their largest gathering so far with nearly 200 participants coming from 31 NSOs out of 35. Mauritius Chief Commissioner Mr Jos Nanette was elected as the Chairman of the Africa Regional Scout Committee for the coming triennium.
MACAU ¥ National Strategic Planning Workshop
A relatively young association of 20 years as associate member of Asia Pacific Region, the Scout Association of Macau sets its vision for its 30th year by 2013. During the National Strategic Planning Workshop conducted by the APR executives, led by the Regional Director, over 20 key (and young) Macau Scout leaders set their Vision by 2013 to become a WOSM member that is well organized and continues to be the leading youth organization with 10,000 members and enjoying government and public support, offering attractive youth programme supported by well trained leaders and sufficient resources. This event was another occasion to demonstrate how any event can also be tailor-made to the needs of an association whatever the requirements are. The whole workshop was conducted in the evenings to suit the time when most participants are available and off from work. It was a challenge to both the Macau Scouters and the APR team but the outcomes were more than satisfactory. The vision is supported by seven strategic priorities i.e. Membership Growth, Youth Programme, Adult Resources, Financial Resources, Organizational Development, Public Relations & Communications, and WOSM Membership. Chief Commissioner Leong Sui Pui encouraged the participants to strengthen their commitment and work collectively for the visionÕs full implementation. Chairman Anthony Thng took part in the lengthy and lively discussions of the Vision, Priority Areas and objectives. Vice-Chairman John Hui and Deputy Chief Commissioner Alex Wong of Hong Kong gave their support to the workshop participants with their presence.
SINGAPORE ¥ Meeting with the ASEF Secretariat
Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF), which has come to the limelight of Scouting in recent days received at its headquarters in Singapore on 16th September, the Regional Director and the Regional Chairman for a detailed discussion as to how best the two organizations can work together. It was also an opportunity to renew the invitation to Ms. Catherine Pabalan, Project Manager and current acting Director of their people-to-people exchange programme to attend the Brunei conference and to address the gathering on the role and functions of ASEF. We may recall that it was ASEF together with the All Chinese Youth Federation (ACYF) which organized the study visit exchange programme in June this year attended by four Scouts from Korea,Taiwan and Indonesia together with Scouts from Europe.
PHILIPPINES ¥ Staff Development Programme
This yearÕs focus of the APR Staff Development was an activity for enhancing memory power and creativity. The APR staff spent the weekend of 17-19 September, for the second successive year in the annual staff development workshop, doing exercises to activate memory as well as to generate creativity by expanding oneÕs perspectives. Dr Evelina Vicencio of University of the Philippines and Mr Jared Vicencio facilitated the activities.
Japan ¥ Fellowship among former regional scouters
Efforts and thinking are gradually crystallized among some key leaders in the region, led by the Chairman of the PR Sub-Committee Katsura Kuno to form a regional group from among all former regional scouters who have been active at national or regional level and are still willing to be part of the big brotherhood and continue strengthening their fellowship. This new fellowship of like-minded people is expected to be finalized at a formal meeting during the forthcoming Regional Conference. It is learned that this formal gathering of the Fellowship group is expected to meet on December 10th evening at the Orchid Garden Hotel in Brunei. All past members of the regional committee and all sub-committees including Scouters who have held key national positions in Scouting are all welcome to attend the first meeting.
APR Office ¥ Third APR photo contest
Following the success of two rounds of the APR photo contest, announcement has already gone out calling for the submission of photos for the third round which will be held in 2005. All submissions must reach APR office not later than 31 December 2004 and all nominations must come through the national scout organization.
BANGLADESH ¥ 2nd APR Unit Leaders Roundtable
This monthÕs attention is for Unit Leaders, the so-called front liners of Scouting. More than 40 Leaders from 10 National Scout Organizations will gather at the National Training Centre in Mouchak, Bangladesh on 7-11 October. These leaders will share their experiences on young people and identify promising practices that interrelate membership growth with quality Scouting. They will also identify the challenges that Unit Leaders have to contend with in rapidly changing societies. The Roundtable being organized by APR is to be assisted by Dominique Benard from Geneva as well as by Programme sub committee Resource Group member Ms. Helen Abidin from Singapore in addition to many scouters from Bangladesh.
JAPAN ¥ ICT-Youth Programme Workshop and symposium
Around 15 countries will be represented at the above workshop at the National Youth Centre in Tokyo, Japan. More than 40 participants have signed up and they will be supported by a large group staff and Rovers of the Scout Association of Japan. Primary objective of the workshop is to incorporate ICT as a means to make Youth Programme attractive to young people. Simultaneously a symposium to cover the same topics but with condensed coverage will also be organized during the weekend from 16th -17th for other key Japanese leaders at all levels. Resource people for this unique area come from both within scouting and from the business world, from Europe as well as from Asia.
JAPAN ¥ Pre-Selection of Outstanding Scouts
Having received 11 nominations, one from each NSO, for the Asia Pacific Outstanding Scouts, the pre-selection will take place in Tokyo (during the above workshop) with a panel of judges from the APR Programme Sub-Committee, APR PR Sub-Committee and the APR office. The panellists will select five finalists out of the 11 candidates who will be invited to Brunei (during the regional conference) for the final selection of this trienniumÕs Outstanding Scout.
Japan ¥ 2006 Task Force meeting
A year before the centenary of World Scouting, it is the time for APR to celebrate its Golden anniversary. The APR Task Force for 2006 and 2007 headed by PR Sub-Committee Chairman Katsura Kuno, are meeting in Japan in conjunction with the APR workshop to finalize the action steps for the celebration. This final draft of the action steps will then be discussed at the Regional Committee Scout meeting and submitted to the conference for endorsement. It is believed that the very first kick off is on New YearÕs eve of 2005 during the 25th APR Jamboree in Thailand.
Geneva ¥ World Scout Committee meeting
The second meeting of the World Scout Committee for this year will be held in Geneva from 29-30 October, which will be preceded by various workstream meetings and that of the budget committee. From the Region, Chairman Anthony Thng will be attending the meeting. Secretary General of Scouts China Dr. George Huang is also expected to attend to brief them on the recent World Moot.
The Asia Pacific Regional Scout Conference plus its two ancillary events are just around the corner. HereÕs the latest update on participation as of 30 September:
¥ 21st APR Scout Conference : around 400 participants from 23 NSOs, World Scout Committee members, Kindred Organizations, and hosts of future World Scouting events
Youth Forum: more than 20 participants from 7 NSOs
¥ APR Course for Leader Trainers: around 50 participants from 15 NSOs
Mark these deadlines on your
¥ APR Golden Jubilee Year Celebrations 2006 ÒLogo CompetitionÓ
Last date: pre-selected entry by NSOs must reach APR office by 15 November
2004. Refer to circular no. 33.
¥ 7th International Adventure Programme Confirmation of participation:
31 December 2004. Refer to circular no. 30
¥ International Seminar for Scouting and Child Labour Registration deadline:
12 December 2004. Refer to circular no. 29
¥ 25th Asia-Pacific Scout Jamboree 2005
Reply slip: 31 December 2004