Scouts of Montenegro Share Hardships Facing Minority Children With UNICEF's Representative
UNICEF’s third Representative to Montenegro since the country regained its independence in 2006, Mr. Osama Makkawi Khogali, visited the Training for Young Leaders which was organised by Association of Scouts of Montenegro few weeks ago.
Being a Scout himself, Mr. Osama shared with the participants highlights from his Scouting life that later influenced his professional career. Mr. Osama joined Scouting at the age of four following the footsteps of his mother who had been among the first young women to become a Scout in Sudan.
Curious about what drew everyone in the training to Scouting, Mr. Osama encouraged participants to share their personal stories. The connecting line was unsurprisingly about a great desire to make this world a better place.
The thought of making this world a better place led to a series of interesting exchanges between the Scouts and Mr.Osama about the most pressing issues that especially affect children in Montenegro. Some of the issues mentioned were related to the vulnerable situation of Roma children, children with disabilities, homeless children and other minorities who call for protection and care. The participating Scouts passionately voiced their interest in helping UNICEF to reach out to these underprivileged children and contribute to their personal and civic development. On behalf of UNICEF, Mr. Osama expressed his wish to strengthen collaboration with the Scouts of Montenegro based on the nature of mission that guides both organizations.
The series of interactive discussions was concluded with a taste of a homemade tea, locally produced by one of the Scout units. Mr.Osama had also the chance to participate in the cooking of a traditional meal “Priganice” a doughnut-like fried dough balls , very popular in Montenegro.