“Scouting: Building Bridges, not Walls”, Africa Scout Day message
This Sunday 13 March 2011 the 37 African National Scout Organizations (NSOs) will mark Africa Scout Day. The main event will be held in Gitega, Burundi, from 10 to 14 March and it will bring together over 1000 Scouts from various countries, including Angola, which will host next year’s event. The guest of honour will be H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza, the president of Burundi.
As Africa gets ready for what is expected to be the biggest Africa Scout Day celebration ever, please find below a message from Ms Jemima Nartey, Chairperson of the Africa Scout Committee.
Dear Scout leaders,
Each year after Founder's Day, African Scouts look forward to another significant celebration on the Scouting Calendar – Africa Scout Day, 13th March (A day set aside by the OAU now AU in recognition of Scouting’s role in Africa’s development).
As we commemorate this day, we also aim at “Creating a Better World”. Obviously we can only achieve this by focusing not only on ourselves but by lending a hand to others through sharing and strengthening of our human and financial resources among other things. Thanks to modern means of communication, barriers between people are disappearing, giving a lot of possibilities to establish contacts and links between people. It is now up to us to explore and strengthen partnerships with others at all levels be it governmental, non-governmental organizations or other Scout Associations.
We need to build bridges so to speak with a smile, a touch, a helping hand but most importantly with trust and honesty. Let’s eschew from actions that set us apart from others or create brick walls between us. The Scouting movement in Africa has the largest number of young people who given the right support will contribute to solving the many challenges facing Africa such as poverty, HIV/AIDS, environmental degradation etc. The future is bright.
Bravo! to you all on behalf of The Africa Scout Committee for your dedication, commitment and support to Scouting in Africa. May we celebrate this day meaningfully through activities that will touch the lives of others and also create much awareness of our movement.
Let’s all strive as Scouts to build bridges and not walls. Congratulations to you all as we celebrate Africa Scout Day.
Chairperson - Africa Scout Committee