Scouting relaunches in Timor Leste

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by World Scouting from Malaysia
Publication date: 1st Jan 2009

After a three-year absence, Scouting was relaunched in the country after Timor Leste government signed a declaration on 20th April 2009, recognizing the existence of the Scout Association of Timor Leste or Uniao Nacional dos Escuteiros de Timor Leste (UNE-TL).

At this historical event, aired in a national television, the State Secretary for Youth Eng. Maguel M. G. Manetelu, signed the declaration on behalf of the government in the presence of UNE-TL Chief Commissioner, executive members and a large number of young people. At the signing, the State Secretary for Youth acknowledged the value of Scouting and made an appeal to the parents and to the general public to support the movement, citing the role of Scouting in building the character of young people. He noted the special role of Scouting activities in peace building which is much needed in the country. Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed was at the gathering representing the region and explained the work of the movement.

During the first WOSM field visit on September 2003, the Asia-Pacific Regional Office started coordinating the creation of the UNE-TL and assisted them in drafting the Constitution and By-Laws and on December 2005, the first General Assembly was organized in Timor Leste to adopt the new Constitution and By-Laws forming the national Scout organization and electing its officers.

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