Youth working with adults to develop a new Strategy and Support for Timor L’Este
This project supported the National Scout Union of Timor-Leste (UNE-TL), to develop a Strategic Plan and finalise other administrative issues to assist them achieve official recognition as a member of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM). A five-day program commencing on 29 August and continued until 2 September 2016, involved many senior Scouting leaders, youth members and community supporters of UNE-TL.
Asia Pacific Scout Region consultants from Scouts Australia, Mr Chris Bates, Chief Commissioner of Australia and Mr Peter Blatch OAM, Deputy Chief Commissioner Youth Program worked with Asia Pacific Scout Region, Director Sri Prassanna to progress the development of the Strategic Plan including confirmation of Mission, partners and a SWOT analysis; and to finalise other key documents required for acceptance into WOSM.
The UNE-TL workshop was held at the Peony Hotel conference room, Hudi Latan, Dili. Representing HE Secretary of State, the National Director of Secretary of State for Youth and Sport officially opened the opening ceremony and workshop, accompanied by UNE-TL President Mrs. Idelta Rodrigues.
Among the attendees of the opening ceremony was the representative of Partner for Human Development (PHD) and the acting Ambassador of Australia Mrs. Joannah Leahy who also addressed the importance of the development partner in contributing to the youth activities and non-formal educations for youth in her remarks.
The workshop identified key areas where UNE-TL would play a role in contributing to the state building processes. Few key agendas are finding the key strength and weakness, determining the key strategic priorities areas and formulating the Vision for the UNE-TL for 10 to 15 years.
Overall the project was highly successful as key leaders in UNE-TL were supported to facilitate the development and documentation of their first Strategic Plan. This was completed in both English and Tetum. Further the team demonstrated their ability to continue this process in the future. They demonstrated their ability to track, review and promote this work. Work also was progressed regarding other key documents including the UNE-TL Constitution, policy and procedures and associated materials required for required for re-entry into WOSM. A number of training issues were also discussed.
Evening workshops were held to ensure all aspects of the registration process for recognition by WOSM were well in hand. The three consultants to support the registration process did desktop audits. These proved most productive.
The consultancy team was most impressed with the energy levels and commitment of all participants who responded well to tasks set. At various times representatives of young people were present to contribute ideas and share experiences. The Strategic Plan was finalised and was published by UNE-TL after it had the support of the National Council UNE-TL. It is considered that the Plan is acceptable to WOSM based on an internal audit undertaken by the consultants.
Contents of the Strategic Plan, which were developed in both Tetum and English.
The contents included:
• Mission of Scouting in UNETL
• Vision Statement 2030
• Strategic Priorities and links
• Objectives and Action Plan which included the priority areas-
Adults in Scouting
Finance and Funding
• Partners and Stakeholders
• Support Structures
• Review Process and monitoring.
Links were clearly established with the Asia Pacific Region Scout Plan and World Triennial Plan.
There were a number of other significant issues, which occurred during the workshop. One of these included the presentation of the 4 Wood-beads and investiture into the Gilwell Scout Troop of Leader Trainer Angelino who was then able to invest the first members of the Gilwell Patrol in UNETL since the 1970s. This was a very significant moment for these leaders and for Scouting in UNE-TL.