From the 16 to 22 December 2012, Unit Leaders and Commissioners from all corners of Lesotho participated in a course for assistant leader trainers at the Mineworkers of Lesotho conference centre just outside Maseru Berea District. Lesotho Scout Association, with the support of the department of Strategy and Education Services of the World Scout Bureau Africa Regional Office, organised the course. The purpose of the training was to help increase their knowledge, develop their skills and modify their attitudes. It was a dynamic process of change leading to personal development and an increase in job performance.
Trainers were active agents in this process, through their interventions at various stages. They had also created appropriate conditions to start the process and provide the necessary elements to sustain its momentum.
The Scout Movement depends heavily on the work of the volunteers who provide support especially in the implementation of the Youth Program and management of the organisation. Training of Adults has remained a challenge for a number of National Scout Organizations within the Africa Region.
Although the responsibility of training leaders rests with the National Scout Organization, it is important that the World Scout Bureau Africa Regional Office supports and develops the capacity of individual Scout Organizations.
The Lesotho Scout Association has been sending its leaders to participate in trainings organised by neighbouring NSOs for a long time.
The association has challenges, as most of its planned activities have not been completed, due to lack of resources. The training of Trainers, Adult in Scouting Policy and the printing of the Youth Program are some of the activities that are still to be finalised. The association also needs support in capacity building including review of the current constitution so that it serves the current realities.
The participants who successfully completed this training will now join in with local experts and will be very instrumental in the strengthening of the volunteer support. As a result more Unit Leader trainings will now be conducted locally.