Manila, 11 January 2012 –- The global team of Messengers of Peace (MoP) is meeting with the executives and MoP regional team in Manila to strengthen coordination between the central and regional office work in implementing the MoP projects. The team consists of Patrik Hedljung, Abir Koubaa and Ray Saunders. Director of Global Projects Peter Illig could not join because of unavoidable circumstances. The team has earlier visited Africa, Eurasia and Europe regional offices.
On the first day, an overview of the MoP initiative was presented, and the 3-day meeting is designed to discuss the support fund, newdea training and global network. The global network is the tool to connect Scouts using social media, where it allows to showcase their projects and meet online to share ideas and stories. The support fund provides financial support to the peace projects. Newdea is the software that records all MoP projects, keeps track of the data of all MoP projects across the six regions, and produces a global report data.
Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed gave a perspective on the operation and working arrangements of the Asia-Pacific Region, and he highlighted the strong support from governments and from the school system, and the various levels of development in National Scout Organizations within APR.
“Asia-Pacific Region has so far reached the farthest in terms of implementing the MoP project”, says Patrik Hedljung, who is responsible for the MoP network and training. He stressed that MoP wants measurable and specific projects that produce results, using the words of Lord Kevin “If you can’t measure it you can’t improve it”. “MoP projects are intentionally designed to be broad so that everything can fit in, as long as it creates positive impact to the community”, he added.
Pilot countries in the Asia-Pacific Region that have completed or have on-going MoP projects are Indonesia, India, Japan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Last December 2011, an orientation meeting was held in Jakarta to assist project managers and coordinators in designing MoP project proposals. A number of projects from Indonesia, Philippines, Nepal, Australia (for Timor Leste) and Pakistan are in the process of approval. More projects are expected to be received at the regional office for the year 2012 funding.
The Asia Pacific Region is also looking for the designation of MoP coordinators for each NSO. So far, five NSOs have active coordinators.
MoP is a WOSM global initiative with 10-year timeframe funded by the government of Saudi Arabia through the World Scout Foundation.