Afghan Scouts rally its members to implement Scouts Go Solar
The Afghanistan National Scout Association, in partnership with the Ministry of Education of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is rallying its members to scale up its green initiatives and to implement Scouts Go Solar in all its activities in order to raise awareness among the Scouts about the benefits of using renewable sources of energy and the adverse effects of environmental degradation and climate change.
To reach this goal, the very first Scouts Go Solar Workshop for Scout Leaders was conducted in Kabul on 26-29 July 2018, which was subsequently followed by the very first Scouts Go Solar Camporee on 31 July to 4 August 2018.
During the workshop for Scout Leaders, about fifty underwent a rigid technical training about Scouts Go Solar, highlighting the use of solar energy. Re- source persons and technical experts were invited to talk about renewable sources of energy and environmental protection. Local solar ambassadors took time and effort to explain and to teach the Scout Leaders about Scouts Go Solar as part of the ancillary components of the World Scout Environment Programme (WSEP).
In the four-day training, Scout Leaders experienced the various solar activities first hand – soldering solar lamps, solar arts and sun dials, building Copenhagen solar cookers, among others. These activities are the very same activities that will be implemented and will be taught to the Scouts.
Just a day after the conclusion of the workshop, more than 100 Scouts from different parts of Kabul and other nearby provinces camped for five days for Scouts Go Solar Camporee. All activities focused on the Scouts Go Solar programme where the newly minted local solar ambassadors who underwent the training few days prior spearheaded the activities for the Scouts with minimal supervision.
The Scouts Go Solar activities in Afghanistan were realised under the initiatives of Mohammad Tamim Hamkar, Director of the PARSA Afghan Scouts Pro- gramme. The activities were done in partnership with the Pakistan Boy Scouts Association.
With reports from Mohammad Tamim Hamkar of the Afghanistan National Scout Association