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Building the capacity of Sierra Leone Scouts Association

Building the capacity of Sierra Leone Scouts Association

Experts from the Africa Support Centre of the World Scout Bureau have capacitated members of the Sierra Leone Scouts Association on contemporary scouting issues. The training which took place at the Grafton Scouts Camp from 9th – 14th May, 2018 saw the participation of the Association’s top managers.

Facilitated by Director of Operations, Mary Waweru and Youth Programme Manager, Jonathan Omondi, World Scout Bureau, the training focused on Organizational development and capacity strengthening for managers of the Sierra Leone Scouts Association.

Delivering the keynote address before declaring the workshop open, the Commissioner, National Youth Commission, Anthony Koroma stressed the importance of making the association relevant and opening it up for greater opportunities.

He reiterated the need for scouts to set a new vision and partner with the private sector because the greatest resources “comes from the private sector.”

In her opening remarks, Chairperson of the Monuments and Relics Commission, Madam Isatu Smith who chaired the programme noted that although the association was established to contribute to the development and education of young people, is has surpassed that level to even include the training of young people to be agents of change in their communities.

Over the years, the Sierra Leone Scouts Association has helped tremendously in the areas of social mobilization, Ebola response, the infamous mudslide, general cleaning and many more.

The managers were equally trained on Global Self-Assessment Tool (GSAT) which would go a long way in helping them maintain standards whilst delivering quality programmes.

The Chief Commissioner, Abu Bakarr Nylender-Kargbo noted that their organization desperately needs finance and human resource support for better transformation.

The Sierra Leone Scouts Association was founded in 1909 at the CMS Grammar School by the then Principal, Rt Rev. Garret Garrick.

It was established to contribute to the development and education of young people to be self-reliant, good citizens and better leaders.The Association is a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). With a current membership of over 12,000 the Sierra Leone Scouts Association is one of the largest youth-based organization in Sierra Leone. 

By Mohamed Faray Kargbo

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