Scouting Can Transform People's Lives for the Better
The theme for this Jamboree is "empowered youth in an emerging Africa." That is what Scouting wants to do - to help you to be better persons and to play an active role in the development of this continent. All of you can do that - in your home, in your school in your street, community or in your country.
Each of you can make a difference, regardless of how old you area. And I firmly believe that African youth is the most precious and valuable resource of this continent. You just need to prove it everyday of your life.
The activities of this jamboree, will cover a number of important issues such as cultural diversity, faiths and beliefs, peace dialogue, community service, environment, information and communication technology, and sustainable development.
I urge you to enjoy every minute of this Jamboree; and when you return, home tell others about how Scouting is exciting. Invite one friend, one neighbour, one colleague to come and experience how fun and youthful Scouting is - because Scouting can transform people's lives for the better.
I wish you a very good Africa Scouts Jamboree!
Chairperson, World Scout Committee,