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Thursday, December 10, 2009

APR SCOUT YOUTH FORUM RECOMENDATIONS

The forum was held on the 22nd October to 25th October 2009 at the venue of International Youth Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 109 participants from 27 National Scout Organizations, including guests from Finland and Uganda took part in the forum.

Youth Forum Steering Committee who managed the Youth Forum, Mohd Hafiz Bin Ariffin from Malaysia, Muhammad Waqas from Pakistan, Ari Wijanarko Adipratomo from Indonesia, Nobuyuki Takasugi from Japan and Jose Chan Rodrigues from Macau. The Chairman of the forum was the Young Adult Member Group Chairman Manabu Hiratsuka from Japan.

The Youth Forum mainly discussed four topics. They are:

· Youth Involvement in Decision Making Process,

· Scouting’s Impact to Society,

· Retention and Promotion of Scouting,

· The future of Scouting.

The participants of the 6th Asia Pacific Regional Scout Youth Forum from the countries of:

Australia,

Bangladesh,

Bhutan,

Brunei Darussalam,

Cambodia,

Scouts of China,

Hong Kong,

India,

Indonesia,

Japan,

Kiribati,

Korea,

Malaysia,

Maldives,

Nepal,

New Zealand,

Pakistan,

Papua New Guinea,

Philippines,

Singapore,

Sri Lanka

and Thailand

with French Polynesia,

Macau,

Timor Leste,

Uganda as observers

Recommend that:

Youth Involvement in decision-making process at National Level

Youth should be fully included in the decision making process at all levels, and given voting

rights.

In view of this, the 6th APR Scout Youth Forum recommend that:

1. To set up a National Rover Council (NRC) and/or National Youth Council (NYC) in each

National Scout Organization.

2. APR Scout Committee to provide mentoring to the YAMG and newly formed NRC and/or

NYC elected members.


We need to increase the communication between NSOs and YAMG.

In view of this, 6th APR Scout Youth Forum recommends that:

1. The YAMG members have an annual meeting face to face, and in conjunction with this

meeting, there should be a meeting with scouts from the country where the meeting is

being held.

2. All NSOs should elect at least one youth member to be a contact person for the NSO to

the YAMG

3. NSOs actively support their YAMG representative to attend at least one meeting per

year. (e.g. Jamboree, youth forum, subcommittee meeting, etc.)


There should be representative from each NSO to keep a good network and communication.

In view of this, 6th APR Scout Youth Forum recommends that:

1. It is suitable to select a representative from each NSO from youth. Get members from all APR countries at least 1 to represent their countries in the YAMG.


World Scout Environment Programme

The World Scout Environment Program is not being advertised effectively in all levels of

scouting.

In view of this, the 6th APR Scout Youth Forum recommend that;

1. NSOs should set up specific seminars or display boards at national and regional events

to promote the World Environment Program.

2. NSOs should create environmental education materials to teach scout leaders how to

implement the program effectively to their scout groups.

3. NSOs should incorporate the World Scout Environment Program into their Scout

progressive award schemes systematically.


Scouts of the World Programme

Scouts are not fully aware of the Scouts of the World Program. In addition to this problem,

NSOs are reluctant in providing support and financial assistance for the program.

In view of this, the 6th APR Scout Youth Forum recommend that:

1. Each NSO support a SWA coordinator that communicates with others coordinators and

share ideas.

2. NSO try to gain support from other NGOs to assist with the implementations and

participation of programs

3. A target of having all NSOs to finish at least one SWP program by 2012.


Information Communication Technology on Scouting

A more diverse way to promote Scouting. Scouting resources are not being well organized

and distributed and people are having difficulties in finding the materials and information about Scouting.

In view of this, the 6th APR Scout Youth Forum recommends that;

1. The promotion of the WOSM Website portal to all scouts in APR

2. NSOs should utilize all current media such as Internet sites and social networking

platforms to assist in recruitment, promotion and development of scouting.

3. All NSOs produce promotional material aimed at the youth target group

4. Hardcopy publicity materials and information should be disseminated to NSOs where

countries do not have access to the Internet.


Governance

APR Scout Committee should consider granting voting rights to Macau and French Polynesia

as Associate Member in the Asia Pacific Regional Scout Youth Forum

In view of this, the 6th APR Scout Youth Forum recommends that;

1. The APR Scout Committee should strongly consider granting voting rights to Macau and

French Polynesia as associate members, at future APR Scout Youth Forums.


Street Children with difficult circumstances

This issue is for less fortunate street child who lives on streets and had lost the opportunity

to be educated, to live a normal young life, to make friends with others.

In view of this, the 6th APR Scout Youth Forum recommend that;

1. Each district should ask some support to the NSO to help these children.

2. National Scout Organizations provide every once or twice a month to hold an

educational training first start in basic education.


These recommendations were taken to the APR Scout Conference.

The Youth Forum Participants elected the New Young Adult Members Group period of 2009 ~ 2012. There are:

Dicky, Lam Kwok Hei (Hong Kong)

Ari Wijanarko Adipratomo (Indonesia)

Seo Ji Eun (Korea)

Mohd Hafiz Bin Ariffin (Malaysia)

Oliver Lim Zi Kai (Singapore)

Kritttee Tantivisitul (Thailand)

And Maeed Mohamed Zahir (Maldives) as the Chairman of the new Young Adult Member Group,

The 2006-2009 Young Adult Members were:

Manabu Hiratsuka, (Japan) as the Chairman,

Nikketah McGrath Cuneo (Australia)

Karman Choden (Bhutan)

Rio Ashadi (Indonesia)

Muller Bato (Philippines)

Sarah Ho Wing Sei (Singapore)

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