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Continuing on our Rio+20 focus, we present another inspiring story of success from World Scouting. In December 2006 the Asia Pacific Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement launched Ticket To Life – APR. The Initiative, modeled on a similar programme by National Scout Organizations in Africa, has been designed to address the needs of street children by enabling them to join Scouting. It began as a three-day workshop in Manila intended to train Scout leaders in the eight countries participating in Ticket To Life: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Philippines. Following the workshop, the leaders returned home and established Scout Groups for children living and working on the streets in their respective countries. The Project has now been working to help socially integrate these children and youth and offer education and skills training so that the newly recruited Scouts are able to live independently in future.
This outstanding programme has been a true success in the Asia-Pacific too, encompassing over 1,100 Scouts, in 34 Groups, in eight countries! At least 25% of the Scouts in the programme have advanced to the next level of Scouting and at least 60% have received valuable vocational training. World Scouting’s flagship initiative Messengers of Peace has been helping in the expansion of Ticket To Life.