Fédération des Scouts de la République démocratique du Congo
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Federation of Scouts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Bertin Makolo Muswaswa
World Organization of the Scout Movement
The Fédération des Scouts de la République démocratique du Congo (FESCO), the national federation of eleven Scouting organizations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was founded in 1924, and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) first in 1963 and again in 1981. The coeducational Fédération des Scouts de la République démocratique du Congo has 71,486 members as of 2010.
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Scouting was banned in the Congo in 1967 by the government, and was restarted in the late 1970s. In 1981, the Organisations des Eclaireurs du Zaïre (OEZA) was readmitted to the WOSM. In 1990, the OEZA changed its structure and was renamed Fédération des Scouts du Zaïre (FSZ), the direct predecessor of the present FESCO.
The FESCO consists of eleven regional national Scout associations, reflecting the structure of the country. There was a general meeting in 2004 of all the Scout Associations with the intention of helping pave the way for creating a single national Scout association.