Maldives hosts Wood Badge Reunion for South Asian countries
The Scout Association of Maldives hosted the very first Wood Badge Reunion of the South Asian Association of National Scout Organizations (SAANSO) at Maafushi Island in Male on 26-29 April 2019. The reunion coincides with World Scouting’s celebration of the Wood Badge Centenary, revelling a century of shaping leaders through Scouting. It was attended by about 50 participants from over 10 National Scout Organizations.
In his address during the Wood Badge Banquet at Jamaaludhdheen School, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the Republic of Maldives rallied fellow leaders to support the Scout Movement and the programmes of The Scout Association of Maldives.
“Enjoying the outdoors as part of living a healthy, active and positive lifestyle is something that the government encourages, and Scouting offers that opportunity to the young people. Our nation and our communities would be stronger and better when more values and principles of Scouting are present within it. That is why as leaders, we ought to support the programmes of Scouting,” he said.
He added further, “The Scout Movement was introduced in Maldives about 60 years ago, and it has highly influenced the development of many Maldivians during their formative years, instilling importance social values in them. We need Scouting in our communities for it is a movement that teaches important values such as to be kind, trustworthy and considerate.”
The event is the second major celebration in the Asia-Pacific Region commemorating the centenary of the Wood Badge across the world. The first one was conducted just few days earlier in Hong Kong for the APR Adults in Scouting Workshop and the APR Wood Badge Reunion. The wood badge remains as an important mechanism to ensure that the standard conduct of Scout trainings throughout the world.
Over ten countries participated during the event. They include Bangladesh, TGA Scouts of China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. It was held in Maafushi Island, one of the most famous inhabited islands in Maldives, a haven for exclusive resorts that caters to a huge number of tourists year on year.
Photo (c) Office of the President of Maldives