Local governments in Nepal send teachers, community leaders to undergo training with Scouts
More than 550 teachers, community leaders and Scout leaders attended the 6-day Basic Unit Leaders Training of Nepal Scouts. This is an interesting development for the Scout Movement in Nepal where local government units in Province No. 1 sent their respective school teachers and community leaders to the training from 16 to 21 April 2019. There were 18 simultaneous courses accommodating participants from 14 districts and 138 local governments in the province.
Nepal Scouts organised such trainings in order to produce a new batch of trained unit leaders in the country. Several discussions with provincial and local governments took place with one goal in mind – to reach out to more young people across the country. For this to be realised, new unit leaders need to be trained about Scouting and the programme that it offers to the young people.
The trainings were organised in the premises of a local college with that has the adequate resources to run 18 training courses. Nepal’s Ministry of Social Development covered the substantial work to organise the trainings in the province, along with the Ministry of Youth and Sports. On the other hand, Nepal Scouts gathered its pool of training staff and assigned them their respective courses. There were 80 trained leaders that served throughout the training.
Chief Minister Sherdhan Rai of Province No. 1 inaugurated the training, along with key ministers and members of the provincial parliament. He expressed his support to the Nepal Scouts and to its massive training campaign being conducted throughout the country.
“This [training] marks the start of a long and productive partnership of the Provincial Government of No. 1 with the Nepal Scouts. We will make Scouting compulsory in the province, we will empower our teachers and community leaders to better train and prepare our young people for the real world. This is our contribution to the next generation,” he said.
During his address, Chief Minister Rai also assured Nepal Scouts that the provincial government will support all Scout activities by way of providing funds and appropriations from the government.
At the side-lines of the training courses, an orientation for local stakeholders was also conducted. This included college administrators, school chiefs and owners of private schools.
“We thank the Nepal Scouts for introducing Scouting to us. We will create Scout units in our schools, and we are more than certain that this programme will benefit our students and many other young people,” said Tikaram Puri, founder of a local college in Biratnagar and National President of the Private Schools Association in the province.
Nepal Scouts will be conducting similar training courses in all seven provinces in the country as part of its massive training campaign and in order to reach out to more young people.
With reports from the National Headquarters of the Nepal Scouts
Photos (c) Nepal Scouts