Training of Leaders and Youth Programme Workshop in Myanmar
Some of this appeared in the November 2013 edition of APR inbox.
After a high-level delegation to Myanmar from WOSM, a Basic Unit Leader’s Course was held in on 25-31 October 2013. The Ministry of Education initiated this move by sending 48 adults to the 7-day training course in Yangon. The Minister of Social Affairs of Mandalay Region, Dr Win Hlaing, was guest of honour at the formal opening.
Ninety-two-year-old U Hla Kyaw, an Assistant Trainer in the late 1950s, was so excited about the training. He brought old Scouting mementos for sharing, and the session hall displayed other photos of recent scout activities.
A team from WOSM’s Asia-Pacific Region ran the training: APR Chairman of Adult Support Sub-Committee, Rajalingam Ramasamy; Thian Hiong-Boon from APR Office as the Course Leader, and training team members David Cossart from Australia, Mohd Zaliridzal Zakaria from Malaysia, and Syd Castillo from APR Office. Senior education officers took care of local and logistic support. Another participant, Mr U Nyan Win, said “the training course is systematic and the training style effectively transfers Scout knowledge and skills to us”. He added that they had a similar training on knot tying with Naval officers but what makes Scout training different is the learning by doing approach. The trainers agree, and they say that the Burmese participants are highly motivated, enthusiastic and eager to learn. Indeed, the training was skills and knowledge-based that included topics on Scouting Principles, Purpose and Method; Scout Unit formation and records, Patrol System, Scouting and the community, and Unit Leaders Training Scheme. Burmese Scouting has a long history. It became a separate branch of the Scout Association in UK in 1922 and was officially recognized in 1948 as the Union of Burma Boy Scouts. Eventually it became one of the ten founding member countries of the then Far East Regional Scout Conference, now Asia-Pacific. Scouting was dissolved in the country in 1964 but through the years, Scouting remained unforgettable. Recent changes in the country led the Ministry of Education to reintroduce the Scouting program in schools since November last year. On top of that, former Scouts and leaders still living in Yangon are relentless and their spirit is indomitable.
This was followed by a Youth Programme Workshop facilitated by Syd Castillo and David Cossart in Mandalay. 53 Scouts attended the workshop from 1-4 November. Topics which were covered included, mission, areas of personal growth, scout method, youth leadership, youth empowerment, youth involvement, programming, songs, games, award scheme, spirituality, scouts of the world award, messengers of peace programme.