Expansive, full of green area with a view to the highest active volcano in Africa, Mount Meru. This mythical view is Arusha – the place of this year’s Africa Scout Day. Hundreds of scouts from African countries for four days were experiencing the adventure working together and taking part in workshops. All of this was to “leave this world a little better than you found it”.
The Polish Scouting and Guiding Association was enthusiastically involved in this event. The main field of cooperation was training and help for local scouts in carrying out promotional activities. In November, the first group of Polish coaches went to Tanzania to perform weekly training on communications and promotion of scouting. The second part and the project’s summary was Africa Scout Day, where Poles were involved in Media Team.
Moreover, as a part of the partnership, the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association has prepared activities related to Tanzania’s real needs. There were workshops conducted with Poland-East Africa Foundation, led by Robert and Małgorzata Zduńczyk, about production of the fuel briquets from waste. This method presented by the foundation allows to produce very good source of energy with very low cost and materials available on site.
Besides of taking part in Africa Scout Day, the Polish representation visited Polish exiles’ cemetery from 1942-1952. The tribute to Polish exiles and refugees was paid by the Chief Guide of the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association, Małgorzata Sinica.
The ending ceremony was an event which brought a substantial value that has touched the continent’s current issues and thanked all those involved in Scout Movement for their work and input. In the ceremony took part the representatives of Tanzania’s Government, World Scout Bureau and also the representatives of Africa Scout Region. One of the most important moments of the ceremony was handing on the flag of Africa Scout Days to the next scout organisation which will be organising it the next year. The Polish Scouting and Guiding Association was honourably invited to join the Africa Scout Foundation deepening the existing cooperation and commitment in this region. The presence of the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association representatives and long-term cooperation during Africa Scout Day was appreciated by the organizers. Małgorzata Sinica, the Polish Chief Guide, received acknowledgements for the Polish Scouting and Guiding organisation.
See the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNEYyM8sOtU&feature=youtu.be.