9th West Africa Scout Youth Forum Convenes 37 Youth for Capacity Development
12 March 2019 - Niamey, Niger: 37 participants drawn from 12 countries gathered at the Oasis Centre in Niamey, Niger for the 9th West Africa Scout Youth Forum. The countries represented are: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, the hosts Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. The two-day meeting was held in the framework of the Africa Scout Day celebrations that is being hosted by the West African nation.
The participants and guests attending the event were welcomed by the Chief Commissioner of Association des Scout du Niger, Sani Ayouba. “It is an honour for us to host this event for the second time in Niger. I encourage you all to keenly follow all that will be happening here because Scouting is one the best schools for life that you can be part of as a young person. Enjoy Scouting and don’t forget to impact your communities positively,” he said.
Convened under the theme “African Scouting; vector for peace and justice”, the forum discussed a wide range of topics aimed at enhancing young people’s capacity to engage in the affairs of Scouting at all levels. Among issues explored include: understanding the nature and scope of the youth forum in Scouting as well as the role and youth advisors, youth involvement country reports, Africa regional triennial plan 2018-2021, the WOSM service model, WOSM vision 2023 and opportunities it provides for young people. Promotional presentations to create awareness on the Africa Scout Award and the Africa scout Foundation were also conducted. The participants also underwent skills training sessions on interfaith dialogue and leadership.
Speaking at the event, the Regional Director, Frederic Kama-Kama specially noted the presence of the Scouts of Cape Verde who have not been represented at the forum for several years. “We know that Scouting is an educational youth movement and that you are the most important part of the movement. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to ensure that the Scouting experiences you have at this forum should also be of help to other youth in your respective countries. Without you, the young people, we cannot achieve the WOSM vision 2023 which aims at making Scouting the world’s leading educational youth movement by 2023,” he observed.
The Africa Scout Committee member responsible for Youth Engagement, Ledet Yosef observed that the National Scout Organizations in the zone have taken a keen interest in the core business of our movement- the youth. She urged the young people focus and work on issues that would increase the visibility of Scouting and contribute to peace and justice within our communities.
The young people also held elections of a new team of Zonal youth Advisors to help coordinate youth engagement and representation activities in the zone over the next two years. In addition, the forum drafted a set of recommendations which they will present for the consideration of the 13th West Africa Zonal Scout Conference which kicks off tomorrow; with many of the participants expected to join as well.