The series of Committee NSO visits (CNV) to 26 National Scout Organizations in the Asia-Pacific Region that started in 2008 concludes its full round with the Kiribati Scout Association (KSA). The visit begins today in Tarawa, the capital.
Over 25 Scout Leaders, including some commissioners and unit leaders of various Scout groups are meeting under the leadership of Chief Commissioner Mr. Kantera Baurerei Tebwebwe. The CNV Team is comprised of former Regional Scout Committee member John Ravenhall, Regional Governance task Force Chairman Alex Wong, with Abdullah Rasheed and S. Prassanna Shrivastava from the Regional office.
On the first day of the visit, local leaders shared the present status of Kiribati Scout Association on eight major indicators: Constitution, Mission and Vision, Management, Youth Program, Adult Resources, Relationships and Communication, Resources Development, Research and Development.
Now 30 years old since becoming a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1993, the local leaders and the visiting team identified major challenges that KSA has been facing over the years. They discussed solutions and immediate actions that need to be taken to strengthen the organization’s overall capability to develop Scouting and extend services to young people in the islands.
Representatives from the Ministry of Youth and the National Parliament attended the meeting, and expressed to support the KSA in strengthening the Scout Movement.
A meeting with young members of KSA is arranged for 11th August where the team will seek their ideas on the future of Scouting in the country. In the meantime, the team had a visit at the headquarters of Kiribati Scout Association, which is still under construction, with the main structure already in place.
Leaders confirmed the attendance of two young Scout leaders at the forthcoming Fiji woodbadge course. Almost all South Pacific countries will be represented to this sub regional training course that is organized by the Asia-Pacific Regional office on the earlier recommendation of the Council of South Pacific Scout Associations.