South Sudan Scouts hosts regional counterparts
By Kidega Livingstone
South Sudan Scouts Association hosted Eastern African Zonal Scouts delegates last Friday in Juba.
The delegates who were invited from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, and Ethiopia were also briefed about the peace process.
South Sudan Scouts Association hopes to participate in regional and international scout conference in December this year.
Speaking to Juba Monitor, Evans Gogonya Israel the Secretary General for South Sudan Scouts Association said it was the first time for South Sudan to host its counterparts.
“The purpose for hosting our counterparts was to prepare our youth to participate in the East African Community scouts conference that will take place this year. The delegates came also to see the sites where these activities are going to take place because we are going to have three main big events this year in different locations in East African countries,” Gogonya said.
“We are going to have scouts educational camps where the youth will be engaged in educational activities that contribute to their citizenship especially they will deal with environmental protection, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS awareness,” he added.
Gogonya said that South Sudan Scouts officials have requested the delegates from East African Community to give free visa to South Sudanese youth in order for them to participate in the conferences.
He emphasized that the delegates were also in South Sudan to see the security situation.
“They also came to confirm the security situation but we told them that the country is in peace. We never know they may bring one of the activities here,” Gogonya said.
On his part, Jordan Modi, a delegate from Burundi said the regional scouts wanted to come up with strategic plans in order to take East African Community to an international level.
“The vision of East Africa Scouts Zonal is to get a bigger picture in future as regional and we want to come with strategic plans for zonal,” said Modi.
East Africa Scouts aimed at being the leading educational scouts in the world, according to the delegates.