APR holds biggest regional workshop, rolls out Diversity and Inclusion
The Asia-Pacific Region, the largest Scout region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, has successfully rolled out the promotion of diversity and inclusion, convening key Scout Leaders in Manila for a 5-day workshop to establish a common understanding of the principles of diversity and inclusion and further develop the operational framework that will be used by all National Scout Organizations in the region.
More than sixty key Scout leaders from 26 countries across Asia met in Manila on 22 to 26 June 2018 for the APR Workshop on Diversity and Inclusion.
“This workshop is the first of its kind in the region and the Boy Scouts of the Philippines is extremely honoured for this opportunity. This is also timely as we are scheduled to host the 26th APR Scout Conference this October. Over the week, we shall let you experience the authentic Filipino hospitality,” said Wendel E. Avisado, National President of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and 1st Vice Chairperson of the APR Scout Committee.
In his address to the participants, Paul D. Parkinson, Chairman of the APR Scout Committee expressed how delighted he was with the sheer magnitude of the participation for the workshop, and how APR marked another milestone towards making the Scout Movement accessible to more young people.
“Your efforts during this workshop will enable the Scout Movement to reach more young people around the Asia-Pacific Region and give them an opportunity to grow and to build the kind of friendship that is unique in Scouting, one that unites us in our diversity,” he stressed further.
The countries who were represented during the workshop included the following: Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Afghanistan, Vietnam and Portugal.
The workshop was spearheaded by the World Scout Bureau Asia-Pacific Support Centre as part of the project ‘Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the Asia-Pacific Scout Region’ under the auspices of the Messengers of Peace Support Fund. It was hosted by the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.