On 12 June each year, people around the world mark World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) by joining hands to raise public and political awareness to build the campaign to end it. The theme of WDACL 2013 is child labour in domestic work. Once again, World Scouting and International Labour Organization's (ILO - of the United Nations) join forces to organise activities and events to raise awareness and mobilise action around the world. Of an estimated 15.5 million children engaged in paid or unpaid domestic work in the home of a third party or employer, 10.5 million are estimated to be in child labour either because they are below the legal minimum age for admission to employment or because their work is regarded as hazardous. These children are particularly vulnerable to abuse: their work is often hidden from the public eye, they may be isolated and they may be working far away from their family home.
Sir William Garth Morrison, former member of the World Scout Committee, passed away on 24 May 2013 after a brief period of illness. Garth was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 8 April 1943. He was Chief Scout of The Scout Association (United Kingdom) from 1988 to 1996, and served as a member of the World Scout Committee from 1992 to 2002. He was a Baden-Powell Fellow and was awarded the Bronze Wolf in 2004.
A good blend of volunteers and professionals gathered from 13-14 June 2013, in Makati City, Philippines for this year’s Asia-Pacific Regional Management Meeting. The purpose of this annual management meeting was to review the region's performance based on the APR Plan, set the operational plan for the coming year, plan the budget for the next fiscal year and discuss the operational matters and global challenges affecting the region.
Very good attendance and productive discussions concluded the first formal meeting of the Programme Sub-Committee held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Dr Ie Bin Lian chaired the meeting. Among the attendees were Mr Wendel Avisado as adviser, incoming Regional Director JR Pangilinan and outgoing RD Abdullah Rasheed.
Currently, the second series of advanced Unit Leaders Training Course is running at PARSA Scouts Training Centre in Kabul from 20th to 26th May 2013.