Currently, the second series of advanced Unit Leaders Training Course is running at PARSA Scouts Training Centre in Kabul from 20th to 26th May 2013.
With the establishment of Scout units in PARSA orphanages since 2009, an increase in Scout membership is evident. PARSA works with the government by coordinating Scouting activities and events with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Social Affairs and other non-government organizations in Afghanistan.
Orphanage Director General Said Abdullah Hashimi inaugurated the course. Also present at the ceremony were PARSA Executive Director Marnie Gustavson, Country Director Dr Mohd Yasin Farid, and other NGO representatives.
Due to various challenges, 28 participants are attending the course, who are mostly from PARSA and some government departments.
Facilitating the course is Mr Thian Hiong-Boon from the APR office as Course Leader, assisted by Brajesh Kumar from India and supported by Scout executives of PARSA.
At the same function, Wood Badge certificates were awarded to seven Scout Leaders who have completed the requirements and are very active in Scouting.
At the opening ceremony, PARSA was presented with a plaque of appreciation for its continued collaboration with the World Organization of the Scout Movement, Asia-Pacific Office for the development of Scouting in Afghanistan.