Over 50 people took part in the Messengers of Peace (MoP) Global Network’s Community Leaders Training that was held in Alexandria, Egypt from 26 to 31 August 2012 in the backdrop of the 30th Arab Scout Jamboree. Participating youth were Scouts (14–17 years) and Rover Scouts (18–21 years) from various countries in the Arab Scout Region. The MoP Community Leaders Training involved 2 days (26 and 27 August) of skills learning and 4 days (28 to 31 August) of service and development activities in the community. Scout Groups from the local area, staff & volunteers from the Arab Scout Region and World Scouting, and several members from the community joined the MoP Community Leaders Training’s participants during the community activities. A 17-member strong support team for the Training consisted of, 9 facilitators from MoP global team, 7 local volunteers (Rover Scouts and Scout Leaders from Egypt) and the Arab Regional Coordinator for MoP.
Arab Scout Jamboree
1200 Scouts from 12 countries in the Arab Region took part in the 30th Arab Scout Jamboree from 24 August to 2 September 2012 in Abo Qir district of Alexandria, Egypt. The slogan of the Jamboree was ‘Scouting… a style for life’. The opening ceremony of the Jamboree was presided over by the Prime Minister of Egypt along with the recently constituted Minister of Youth and his Vice-Minister. The 10-day Regional Jamboree attracted as many as 28 external organisations that ran workshops and interactive stands at the Global Development Village as part of the Jamboree activities. The Jamboree programme offered a wide variety of Scout activities targeting the enhancement of skills for the physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual development of participatants using the Scout Method. The Egyptian Federation for Boy Scouts and Girl Guides hosted the 30th Arab Scout Jamboree. The Messengers of Peace had a strong presence at the Regional Jamboree, and participants from the Community Leaders Training and Scouts from the Jamboree had several opportunities to interact with each other during the overlapping days.
2-day skills learning workshop for MoP Community Leaders
Future MoP Global Network’s Community Leaders, the participants of this Training, were engaged in a series of skills development activities on the 26 and 27 of August. The workshop included learning about the importance of story telling and how to produce stories. The participants also learned about making videos. They learned how to plan a video shoot, about the actual act of recording videos and the various aspects of postproduction including editing a video. Participants actually got to make videos during the workshop. One important focus of the workshop was on engaging with the social media to tell stories and to inspire others in their networks to do the same. The participants were made to understand how they could apply the Scout patrol/team system as Community Leaders on social media platforms like Facebook. The workshop also had a lot of fun-filled games and icebreakers. These interactive activities not only helped in teambuilding, but also brought the participants outdoors to have a change from all the intense learning that was on offer.
Community service projects
As part of the training, all participants were engaged in community service and development projects after the conclusion of the skills workshop. Over 60 Scouts (Cub Scouts, Scouts and Rover Scouts) from local Scout Groups joined the participants of the Training over the 4 days of activities in the community. People from the local community of Alexandria also joined the projects.
The community service projets were:
- Abo Qir sports club for youth – entrance beautification (see photos 4-10)
- Abo Qir railway station – re-decoration and painting of the outer wall (see photos 11-22)
- Paradis Beach, Alexandria clean up (see photos 23-26)
Dr. Atif Abdelmageed (Regional Director, Arab Scout Region), Mr. Mohammed Abbas (Director of the 30th Arab Scout Jamboree) and Dr. Abdullah Al Fahad (World Scout Committee) joined the Abo Qir Railway Station’s wall repainting project. One of the 7 local volunteers from Egypt, Ahmed Hashim, a 21 year old Rover Scout, had been part of an MoP Global Network’s Community Leaders Training in Singapore earlier this year. Since then, he has progressed into being a strong Community Leader and was currently part of the core team supporting in the preparations and delivery of this training in Alexandria. Click here to read about the inspiration that Ahmed Hashim got from the Training in Singapore.
At the end of the Community Leaders Training, a Facebook Page for the Messengers of Peace Arab Scout Region was launched. The Facebook Page was created to help the participants of the Training as their key tool in reaching out to other Scouts in the Region using all the skills they learned during the training. Within the first week of launching, the MoP Arab Facebook Page has reached hundreds of Likes and seems destined towards exponential growth in the coming months.