The Consultancy Visit to Sri Lanka Scout Association (SLSA) on 11-15 January was a follow-up action from the previous Committee NSO Visit back in 2010. SLSA Chief Commissioner, Prof. Nimal De Silva, outlined the three focus areas of the consultancy meeting. First is the review of Youth Programme, with educational objectives for all Scout sections and for the advancement scheme. Second is the development of a data management system for adults in Scouting, and to facilitate the implementation of their life cycle. And finally, review the effectiveness of the National Training Scheme and recommend guidelines and Terms of Reference.
Chairman of the National Executive Board, Mr Lakman Wickremasinge was the Chief Guest. At the opening, the Chief Commissioner shared the story that Mr. Lakman was his Scoutmaster who invested him as a Scout. Since then, many things have changed – society, people, children and therefore, and it is about time for Scouting to be proactive in influencing those changes. He mentioned that Sri Lanka has a 4.6 million youth potential against the current 40,000 and therefore points out the critical role of adult leaders and quality of training they receive.
Present at the opening were APR Scout Committee member and International Commissioner Mr Janaprith Fernando, Deputy Chief Commissioner Shiraz Salih, and Commissioners at various levels.
The Messenger of Peace initiative supported this visit with a team from the APR Specialists Panel. They are Malcolm Tan, Chairman of APR Management Sub-Committee and National Youth Programme Commissioner of Singapore; Peter Blatch, National Commissioner for Special Project, Scouts Australia; Ng Ah-Ming, Assistant Chief Commissioner for Programme and Training, and member of Adult Support Sub-Committee; and Thian Hiong-Boon, Director of Adult Resources and Administration, WSB-APR.
During this time, Regional Director J. Rizal C. Pangilinan paid his first official visit to Sri Lanka.