East African NSOs Hold Annual Zonal Scout Events in Uganda
The 2017 edition of the annual East African Zonal Scout Zonal Activities, which bring together the National Scout Organizations in the East African sub-region in the spirit of scouting took place in Kampala, Uganda from 14th to 19th December 2017 under the theme “"youth involvement, the future of our sustainability". Present at the event were Scouts and leaders from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia and the hosts Uganda.
The three events held concurrently include the zonal inter-patrol competitions, the zonal Scout youth forum and the zonal Scout conference. The events offer young people and opportunity to experience great fun and friendship with peers from other countries, jointly take part in learning activities as well as explore a new country. The adults on the other hand meet to discuss the progress of Scouting in the zone and plan for further growth and development of the movement within the sub-region.
The competitions were held at the redeveloped Kaazi National Scouts Camp on the outskirts of Kampala, the venue for the 7th Africa Scout Jamboree in 2020. The East Africa Zonal Scout Youth Forum in its twelfth edition took place at the St. Kizito Secondary School, Namugongo. The forum is where the young people in Scouting discuss their issues and make resolutions and propose recommendations that will help improve Scouting for the young people.
The Eastern Africa Zonal Conference on the other hand took place at in Kampala city centre. Some of the key resolutions passed by the conference included a commitment to ensuring gender parity in the selection of members to the conference and other activities. An update and enforcement of international relations policies, adoption of social impact and membership growth reporting by NSO's and the implementation of deliberate strategies to empower the youth into leadership roles, including strengthening of the youth forum at grassroots level was agreed upon. Member NSOs were also encouraged to endeavor to attend all zonal and regional activities, utilize their pool of expert human resource in trainings and to communicate change in office personnel in good time through Africa Support Centre. The conference also resolved that the 2018 zonal Scout activities will take place in Burundi in December.
The Regional Director, Frederic Kama-Kama in his remarks congratulated the leaders for their consistency in hosting the events annually without fail. He underscored the important of such zonal events as a key platform for inter-NSO learning and collaboration towards strengthening of Scouting and enhancing regional integration. Apart from sharing some updates on the developments in Scouting at the world and regional level, Frederic urged for outcomes that are geared towards making Scouting available to more young people and contributing to the development of East Africa, Africa and the world. He also reiterated that the World Scout Bureau Africa Support Centre will continue being a partner to NSOs in their undertaking to develop and grow Scouting nationally.