26th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Conference
The APR Scout Conference is held every three years to gather all the NSOs to deal with major regional problems. It is the toppest governing body of the region. In conjunction with the forthcoming 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Conference, the WOSM Asia-Pacific Region is organizing the Asia-Pacific Regional Course for Leader Trainers (APR CLT) and the 9th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Youth Forum as ancillary events to the said conference.
9th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Youth Forum
The Asia-Pacific Region organized the 9th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Youth Forum in conjunction with the 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Conference.
In pursuance to the 33rd World Scout Conference Resolution 10/93 adopted in Thailand, the purpose of having the regional scout youth forum as an ancillary event to the conference is to provide the young people the opportunity to participate in decision-making. The youth forum gives young people the avenue to enhance their skills in decision-making at the institutional level of Scouting.
“Mabuhay”, the official conference mascot, is inspired from the national bird of the Philippines, among the rarest and the most powerful birds in the world – the great Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) – and was named after the first offspring of Pag-asa (first ever Philippine Eagle bred and hatched in captivity) and Kalinawan (the Philippine Eagle from Zamboanga del Sur). The mascot is also a call to action. Although the eagles are powerful raptors, they are defenseless towards illegal logging, deforestation and other man-made environmental hazards. Scouting, as a potent vehicle for social transformation is called to act to preserve and protect the global environment.
The coat of arms of the 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Conference is created based on two (2) rudiments – the ‘bayanihan’ as the core essence of the Filipino culture and the integral components of the Philippine flag. The Filipino culture of ‘bayanihan’, derived from the Filipino word ‘bayan’ which means nation, town or community, or literally as ‘being in a bayan’, refers to the spirit of communal unity, work and cooperation to achieve a particular goal. The three stars and a sun, taken from Philippine flag, originally a symbol of the ‘Katipuneros’ fighting for the independence of the country, is a symbol of sovereignty, solidarity and understanding. As we mark the 26th installment of the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Conference we honor the instrument of unity that binds us – the Scout Movement – a global movement that continuously reinvents itself to better serve the young people and contribute to nation building; an organized entity that evolves to adapt to the changing times, emphasizing social justice and freedom for all. And although the Movement will transform significantly in the years to come, the Scout Leaders and members, shall remain truthful to the Scout Promise and Law, emphasizing integrity above all.
26th APRSC Breakout Sessions
The spirits kept high among delegates during the “breakout” session at the 26th APR Scout Conference, PICC, Manila, Thursday 18 October 2018. All 600 delegates were assigned to one of seven breakout groups.The seven groups were: (1) APR Plan 2018-2021 and WOSM Triennial Plan 2017–2020, (2) Diversity & Inclusion and Dialogue for Peace, (3) World Adults-in-Scouting (AIS) Policy and eLearning, (4) Educational Methods in Global Support Assessment Tool, (5) Scouting and Sustainable Development Goals, (6) Messengers of Peace, and (7) Growth.Facilitators from the WOSM and APR offices handled the breakout groups.
During the meeting, it was discussed that the APR Plan is aligned with WOSM’s Triennial Plan. It was understood that the needs of each NSO are unique. The plan also aims to monitor and keep track of the NSOs’ development and achievements. It promotes inclusion and diversity having “In Growth, Everyone Counts” as its main theme.
Diversity and Inclusion
The group highlighted the importance of considering the differences of NSOs. Also, NSOs in the Region must be able to initiate efforts on diversity and inclusion through the creation of a position paper. It was emphasized that the program should always be inclusive in all aspects – inter-religious, inter-cultural, and cross-border.
World AIS Policy and E-learning
The meeting highlighted key points on Recruitment, Performance, Decisions for the future and Recognition. The group recommended that Adult Training must be multimodal in delivery, placing emphasis on eLearning opportunities, a creation of a set of guidelines for best practices in all parts of the AIS lifecycle, and the establishment of an APR network or avenue to share ideas for Trainers.
Educational Methods in Global Support Assessment Tool
The World Triennial Plan aims to have 75% of NSOs to complete the GSAT assessment, looking at its 10 dimensions – (1) NSO-WOSM Institutional Requirement, (2) Governance Framework, (3) Strategic Framework, (4) Integrity Management, (5) Communication, Advocacy, and Public Image, (6) Adults in Scouting, (7) Resources Allocation and Financial Controls, (8) Youth Programme, (9) Growth Potential, (10) Continuous Improvement. During the presentations, the facilitator said that APR was not far behind compared with GSAT statistics of the world.
Scouting and Sustainable Development Goals
The session was partitioned based on two objectives. The first was about the relationship between Scouting education and Education for Sustainable Development, emphasizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one of the seven critical issues in the Asia-Pacific Region. The second objective was to make a list of recommendations regarding Education for Sustainable Development.
Messengers of Peace
Scouts around the world have contributed more than one billion service hours for Messengers of Peace (MoP) activities, and around 840 million of those hours were credited to APR. (WOSM made a projection of over 3 billion service hours by the year 2030). AP Region actually achieved over 840 million,but some projects and events in MoP were not reported and documented in scout.org. The group recommended the creation of an approved structure, in collaboration with the Youth Program team, to implement and evaluate the MoP program in the NSOs.
The Growth breakout group discussed the challenges that hinder NSO growth. Some of these were lack of financial resources from the government, increased focus on formal education, retention of existing members, increase in competing organisations, and lack of consistency in leaders’ provision for the program. With these challenges, the group identified the following solutions: formalize leadership recognition, provide logical progression for young people to be leaders to prevent them from leaving the Movement, and projecting the message that Scouting is inclusive.
The seven-day event is a gathering of leaders from World Organization of the Scout Movement, the umbrella organization of all scout associations around the globe. Craig Turpie, chairman of the World Scout Committee, said the conference would “take a closer look at the governance of the scout movement in general.”
“Scouting is investing in the future. We know that a healthy, engaged and active young population reflects the stability of the country,” he said. The BSP has been doing its best to help the government guide the youth to become law-abiding citizens and better leaders of the country, said President Wendel Avisado. Avisado also said it supports the call of the government to end the young people’s “probable involvement in drugs” by coordinating with the Education department and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). He said the DILG has issued a memorandum circular to local government executives to promote scouting in their respective areas.
Sri lanka Contingent
- Smiling hearts of the little daughters of Rural state sector employees project of SLSA was recognized as a Winner and its Project leader Kapila Perera presented a certificate.
- Asia Pacific Region awards the ‘APR Chairman’s Award’ to Deputy Chief Commissioner, Janaprith Fernando for his continued and invaluable service to world scouting and the young people in the past. Mr. Janaprith Fernando, Member of World Scout Committee been presented a plaque and certificate for his service as a member of the Asia Pacific Regional Scout Committee from 2012-17.
- The Asia Pacific scout Region recognizes Prabath Kularatna by presenting him the Certificate of Good Services to scouting and the region.
- Sri Lanka Scout Association received certificate of appreciation on memberships growth 2015-2018