Since its admission to the World Scouting last year, the National Association of Cambodian Scouts (NACS) continues to make a steady progress, credited to having a balance national team of volunteers, leaders and young adults who share commitment of bringing high quality Scouting in Cambodia.
The recent accomplishment of this young but growing Scout association was the hosting of the Youth Programme and Training Commissioners' Forum, held from 7th to 10th July 2009 at the historical Siem Reap, with a substantial number of 40 participants from 13 national Scout organizations (NSOs). The event was the very first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific Region.
In his remarks, His Excellency Chey Chap, Secretary of State, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and Chief Commissioner of NACS, said that the forum will strengthen the collaborative relationship between the youth developers and adult trainers...an essential move towards delivering an effective youth programme to the young people and to create a network of support to all concerned commissioners. NACS Secretary General LAK Sam Ath, who was the Forum Director, shared the same view seeing it as an important ingredient in building the foundation of NSO and creating productive partnerships among NSOs in the region. NACS Secretary General Sok Seng Yan coordinated the forum with a team of Rovers and youth adults.
Major points covered during the forum was to better understand the holistic approach and the complimentary nature between the youth programme and adult resources. In this way, it is easier to recognize the relevant issues and the solutions that are useful for NSOs.
At the last of day the event, the forum recommended that all NSOs should review policy and structure on programme and training so as to achieve close working relationship and organizational effectiveness. A need is seen to allocate resources to develop regional “networking” as a platform to share information relating to programme and training. The forum also recommended to organize a gathering of programme and training commissioners during regional conferences.
Participants enjoyed a good amount of learning from a well-experienced overseas resource training team comprised of Paul Parkinson, Australia; Dr Evelyn Vicencio, Philippines and Alex Choo, SIngapore. Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed and Youth Programme Director Syd Castillo from the regional office were the other resource persons supporting the running of the forum.
In their educational tour, participants were taken to Angkor Wat, which is the world's largest single religious monument, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.