Algerian Scouts Get Active for the Environment
In conjunction with the Forest Services, the Scouts Musulmans Algériens, Tlemcen Department, carried out a range of environmental activities during March 2008. More than 300 Scouts from different Scout groups took part in tree planting, cleaning up their local environment and environmental education activities.
Scouts from 'El- Manar' and 'El-Amana' Scout groups and volunteers collected a large amount of plastic waste and rubbish in Chetouane Province with the support of the local authorities. The clean up campaign has been very successful, with more than 600 bags of rubbish collected, impressing the local residents with what Scouts have done to keep their local environment so clean.
In addition to the clean up campaign, tree planting was held to celebrate the World Tree Day. 2,000 trees were planted across Tlemcen department. The thing that marked the success of the tree planting is the involvement of the residents in the campaign by distributing seeds to them and having them contribute at the side of the Scouts.
All these activities were concluded during a Scout camp which was organised by Tlemcen Department, where an environmental workshop was held focussing on testing the World Scout Environment Badge, which will be launched at the World Scout Conference. This workshop was aimed at identifying the level of knowledge that Scouts have on the current situation of the environment at local and global levels. Thus, the feedback from Scouts was successful and they appreciated the activities. Now, Scouts are preparing themselves for the Clean Up the World weekend in September, 2008.
Picture 1: Tree planting in Algeria
© Abdelkarim Ahmed
Picture 2: Scouts in Algeria keep their local environment clean.