Zimbabwe to Host 2018 Africa Scout Day Celebrations
Following the successful completion of the 2017 Africa Scout Day Celebrations hosted by the Tanzania Scouts Association in Arusha, the responsibility for organizing next year’s celebrations was formally handed over to the Scouts Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ).
While receiving the Africa Scout Day flag form the Chairperson of the Africa Scout Committee, Dr. Wayne Davis and the Regional Director, Frederic Kama-Kama, in the presence of Tanzania Scout Association’s Chief Commissioner, Mr. Abdulkarim Shah; the SAZ’s Head of Contingent to Bright Nyabadza, invited all Scouts and friends of Scouts in Africa and the world to Harare in March 2018.
We wish them well in the preparations and hope that you will all join us for another opportunity to showcase and celebrate our achievements as a movement and promote the “spirit of world kinship, cooperation and mutual assistance amongst Scout Organizations within the Region.”
11 March 2017, Arusha-Tanzania:The Arusha International Conference Centre in Tanzania hosted over 800 Scouts and Scouters, who gathered to mark this year’s Africa Scout Day celebrations. The occasion was graced Hon. Prof. Joyce Ndalichako, Minister for Education Science & Technology and President of Tanzania Scouts Association as Chief Guest. Also present were government officials of the United Republic of Tanzania, diplomats and friends of Scouting.
The audience at the celebrations was drawn from the following countries: Angola, Belgium, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Ethiopia, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Nigeria, Poland, Senegal, South Africa, Korea, Spain, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
The speakers who addressed the gathering gave some historical background of the day and its significance to Scouting. They went on to demonstrate the huge impact that Scouting and continues to make in Africa and around the world.
The Regional Director, Frederic Tutu Kama-Kama made a special recognition of Mr. Frederic Peter Nguma, the International Commissioner for Tanzania Scouts Association for the key role he has played in stabilizing the Scouting in Tanzania over the last 7 years. He also presented a token of appreciation to the Chairman of the World Scout Committee, Joao Armando in recognition of his service to World Scouting.
Dr. Wayne Adrian Davies, Chairperson of the Africa Scout Committee underscored the importance of this day observing it as a great recognition by African Governments. “We thank the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania for the tremendous support to the hosting of this event and to Scouting in the country in general. We further call on all governments to continue supporting Scouting because of the values and skills training it imparts in our young people,” he said.
The Chairperson of the World Scout Committee, Joao Armando in his remarks highlighted the vision of World Scouting and the global social impact of the movement. He further called upon the Scouts to recruit their friends, family members, and colleagues to join the movement saying, “we have a vision to reach 100 million members by 2023 and use to our numbers to impact our communities positively. This can only be made possible by – the Scouts – who already know the values of our movement.”
Hon. Gabriel Fabian, the Deputy Regional Commissioner for Arusha, who had earlier graced the opening ceremony of the Africa Scout Day International Youth Camp commended the movement for standing in the gap to mend the moral fabric of society that is slowly being eroded away with the increasing engagement in drug and substance abuse by young people.
On here part, the Chief Guest, was pleased to note the training and character building programmes that the Scout movement offers to young people. She said that the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania has made it compulsory for Scouting to run in all primary, secondary, tertiary schools and universities in the country. “if you we do not give young people an opportunity to participate in educational programmes that help to make them better people – like Scouting, then what do we expect them to do?” she asked to a rousing round of applause by the audience.
The Chief Scout of Tanzania, Hon. Mwantumu Bakari Mahiza moved a hearty vote of thanks appreciating all those who played a part in making the event successful. She concluded by inviting everyone to the centenary celebration of Scouting in Tanzania which will be held June in Dodoma. The next Africa Scout Day celebrations will be hosted by Scout Association of Zimbabwe in March 2018.
11 March 2017: Arusha – Tanzania:The Africa Scout Foundation has today recognized the following eight new contributors:
1. Jeremy Naivasha – Platinum (individual category)
2. Mathias Wanyela – Silver (individual category)
3. Polish Scouting and Guiding Association – Platinum (NSO category)
4. Korea Scouts Association – Platinum (NSO category)
5. Eline Kitaly – Bronze (individual category)
6. Rashid Mchatta – Bronze (individual category)
7. Abdulkarim Shah – Bronze (individual category)
8. Mwantumu Mahiza – Bronze (individual category)
Speaking at the All Africa Scout Day Celebrations in Arusha, Tanzania the Chairperson of the Africa Scout Foundation Board, Prof. Dr. Maggie Kigozi, thanked them for their sparing their resources to support Scouting.
She also took time to highlight the role of the Foundation and invited all Africans to join the Foundation in the different categories provided. As priorities for the Foundation, the Chair said that the Foundation is currently fundraising for two major regional projects namely; development of new office facilities for the World Scout Bureau Africa Support Centre and the Nyeri International Scout Centre, in Kenya.
“The Foundation is ours. I invite all of us to contribute and support Scouting in Africa through contributions to different projects, said Prof. Maggie.
For more information about the Foundation please visit www.scout.org/africascoutfoundation.
Hon. Salim Ahmed Salim Honoured
Scouts from all over the world who converged at the Arusha International Conference Centre to mark the Africa Scout Day witnessed the recognition of Hon. Salim Ahmed Salim for his leadership that lead to the establishment of the Africa Scout Day. Hon. Salim was the Secretary General of the Organization of African Unity (now African Union) when Resolution 1607 of the Council of Ministers that recognized Scouting contribution to the development of Africa and created the Africa Scout Day was passed.
Since the resolution in 1995, Hon. Salim has been a great supporter and benefactor of Scouting in the United Republic of Tanzania. What a befitting occasion to celebrate his significant contribution to Scouting!
Gallant Scout Olympic Hero Honoured
John Stephen Akhwari, perhaps a little know name, was treated to a standing ovation and huge round of applause by the delegations present at the Africa Scout day celebrations in Arusha.
His is a story of a Tanzanian Olympic hero who did not win any medal, finished last, but competed with pride and courage, doing his best to reach the finish line no matter what.
Akhwari’s inspirational story goes back to 1968 Mexico City, during Summer Olympics. He had not trained at such an altitude back in Tanzania. Almost halfway through the 42 kilometers race he was hit, had a horrible fall, hurt his head, damaged his knee, and endured a trampling before he could get back on his feet. Despite his injuries, Akhwari pressed on and continued despite being asked by the medical staff to quit. He went on to finish the race.
Why did he continue to race if he was so badly injured? John Stephen Akhwari said this: “My country did not send me over 11,000 kilometers to start a race. They sent me over 11,000 kilometers to finish one.” John attributes this courage and resilience to his Scout training that gave him the strength. It is for this reason that Tanzania Scouts Association saw it fit to recognize his gallantry and for staying true to Scout values even in the midst of all odd, and as a motivation to young people.
Story by Devina Adosi and Rehema Ramadhan.
Photo credits: Kondrad Kmieć, Polish Scouting and Guiding Association (ZHP)