At the ongoing regional workshop on National Training Schemes Review at Vajiravudh National Scout Camp in Thailand from 22 to 25 July 2013, Mr. J. Rizal C. Pangilinan, in his first official capacity as the Regional Director of the Asia-Pacific Region, talked about the participants on the importance of reviewing the training schemes of National Scout Organizations to enhance the quality of adult training. He also gave emphasis on sustaining the synergy of youth programme and adult training, which is an important element for having quality Scouting.
Taking the same stance on having good cooperation of youth programme and adult training are APR Adult Support Sub Committee Chairman Mr Rajalingam Ramasamy and Programme Sub Committee Chairman Dr Lian Ie-Bin, an ex-officio of the Adult Support Committee. Other leaders seen at the opening were World Scout Committee member Eric Khoo, Regional Scout Committee member Paul Parkinson, Consultants Dr Mukhyuddin bin Sarwani and Prakob Mukura and YAMG Chairperson Ms Sornsawan Ho.
On the part of the host country, National Scout Organization of Thailand, International Commissioner Dr. Anatchai Rattakul, who was the Chief Guest at the opening ceremony, said that NSOT was honored to host the workshop.
“I recognize that this workshop is principally designed to enhance the development of the National Training Scheme by reviewing it through your experiences to make Scouting the best youth organization for creating a better world.”
He looked back at Thailand’s long history of training and wonderful experiences in hosting various international training events. He said that NSOT is always willing to share what they have learned from the past to contribute to the success of the workshop. He encouraged the overseas participants to enjoy the tropical climate, friendly people and cuisine.
A total of 44 adult leaders from Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam are taking part. Topics include WOSM’s Wood Badge framework, competency of adults in youth programme and adult training.
Dr. Prapatpong Senarith directs the workshop, with support from Paul Parkinson, Rajalingam Ramasamy, Dr Mirza Ali Haider, Ivan Tam, Koo Hong Kiong, Ng Ah-Ming, Thian Hiong-Boon and Noel Sabandal from the APR office.
APR Adult Support Sub Committee meeting
Just before the regional workshop review on National Training Schemes, members of the Adult Support Sub-Committee had a meeting on 21st July 2013 at Vajiravudh Scout Camp, tackling actions to reinforce the regional plan 2012-2015.
The meeting was a fruitful discussion with good participation of members including APR Adult Support Sub Committee Chairman Mr Rajalinjam Ramasamy, Programme Sub-Committee Chairman, Dr Lian Ie-Bin as ex-officio and Regional Director Mr J. Rizal C. Pangilinan. The group worked on issues concerning adults in scouting and training.
Seven Sub-Committee members participated in the workshop.
Picture 1: © NSOT