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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Maldivian Scout Leaders!!!

In the past few years the Scout Movement in Maldives has grown in number. It has a become one of the most famous co-curricular activity in the schools. Parents support this activity. Scouting famous for its methods of teaching young children Life-skills, building Character in them and developing citizenship in them is indeed a very success full and fruitful activity every parent want their kids in. Some people have done a lot to bring up this movement to what it is today!

Scouting in Maldives has come so far. It has broaden so well, it has spread out across the Maldives. Scout activities have increased so has its popularity.

However, we have problems, we have issues that need to be dealt and dealt fast. We need to change things. Need to revise stuff. !!! I have no intention of going into all that details here.

Maldives will mark its 53rd anniversary next year. Well for one thing that period is a long time in one humans life!!

Lets take a ride down the memory lane!!!

  • First Maldivian to achive the Wood Badge was Ahmed Imad Mohamed. 16.07.1990, awarded by His Excellency Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom at a Ceremony held at National Youth Council premises.
  • Maldives became a member of the World Scout Movement on 23rd July 1990.For this historical ceremony Maldives Was represented by Scouter Ahmed Imad Mohamed(Assistant Chief Commissioner for Service Scouts).
  • In 1995 Longest Served Chief Commissioner the Late Hon. Ahmed Shathir was awarded the Silver Tuna - The Highest Scouter Rank in Maldives. Scouter Ahmed Shiran Was Awarded the Silver Crescent for Bravery. Assistant Chief Commissioner for Training and Programme Scouter Ahmed Imad Mohamed was awarded a Meritorious Award the Bronze Coconut.

Now why did I BOLD this name? Who is he?

Well for one thing he is still alive!!

Mr. Ahmed Imad Mohamed has been one of the FOUNDING FATHERS of the the Maldivian Scout Movement.

How many Scout Leaders Know him?

How many have heard of him?

How many have actually met him?

All questions !!!

Scouting is a voluntary service. The only reward for a Volunteer would be appreciation and recognition!!!

Imad Sir is one of the most Oldest and Most experienced Scouters in the country. Its high time we being responsible Scouters appreciate this fact. Its high time for us to listen to him. Ask him for advise and opinion. Hear what he has to say.

We have issues and problems as I mentioned earlier we have a lot of that!! I recommend we ask him seek help from him!!

My point here is to all Scouters of Maldives learn to lead with a bit of guidance and get that guidance from people like him while they are still around!!!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Scouts join in with Youth and Future Generations Day at UNFCCC COP 15

Scouts join in with Youth and Future Generations Day at UNFCCC COP 15

On Thursday 10th December the voices of young people around the world were heard at the UNFCCC COP 15 Conference. Youth and Future Generations Day was an opportunity for youth organizations to share their thoughts and ideas on climate change through a variety of actions, workshops and presentations. Scouting joined in this celebration of youth with a presentation explaining why Scouts are part of the solution to climate change. The presentation, given to a wide audience of conference participants, focused on showcasing what Scouts are doing all around the world to raise awareness of climate change and how Scouts are taking action to improve the environment.

The importance of youth involvement in the climate change debate is clear at the conference. There are young people present from all around the world. They are here to learn about the problem and the solutions and they are here to make sure the voice of youth organizations and young people is heard. This passion is acknowledged in the workshops, meetings and presentations, given by delegations and institutions, in which the importance of the youth voice is encouraged and supported.

The UNFCCC COP 15 Conference is a special opportunity for young people to learn more about climate change: the causes, the solutions and the challenges. It is also an opportunity for youth organizations to share with the world what they are doing and Scouting is making sure that its actions towards creating a better world are heard.

taken from:

http://www.scout.org/en/about_scouting/the_youth_programme/environment/united_nations_climate_change_conference/news/scouts_join_in_with_youth_and_future_generations_day_at_unfccc_cop_15

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)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Vulnerability and Adaption to Climate Change in the Maldives: Expectations for COP15

Climate change is the 21st Century’s greatest human rights issue and security challenge. To stave off disaster, world leaders meeting at Copenhagen must agree to deep, rapid and binding emissions cuts.

Dr Mohamed Waheed, Vice President of the Republic of Maldives
21/10/2009 10:05

For an effective agreement in Copenhagen, developing countries must drop their objections to making serious emissions reductions of their own. The rich world can help alleviate developing countries’ reticence in two ways: firstly, by helping developing countries secure access to the capital and the technology necessary to pursue green growth. Secondly, by increasing their aid budgets to ensure poor, vulnerable nations can protect themselves from inevitable changes to the climate expected over the next half Century.

For many developing countries, such as the Maldives, climate change is no longer a theoretical concept or a future threat. Climate change is happening now. Increased outbreaks of mosquito-born tropical diseases such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya are also straining the health system. More than one third of our inhabited islands are suffering coastal erosion, in part attributed to climate change.

Our third more populous island, Fuvahmulah, requires a sea wall with an estimated price tag of $40m. For a small, developing country whose total government revenue is a mere $450m per year, these sorts of capital outlays are prohibitively expensive without outside help.

For countries such as the Maldives, both emissions cuts and adaptation funding are crucial to long term survival. On the former point, the Maldives accepts that negotiations in Copenhagen must be driven by the demands of science, not politics. The news coming from the world’s most eminent scientists is increasingly dire, if not desperate, reading.

The commitment by the G8 to contain global temperatures rises to no more than 2 degrees Celsius, implies concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere of around 450 parts per million (ppm), is woefully inadequate.

The world has warmed by less than one degree Celsius since the Industrial Revolution but even this modest temperature rise is tipping the global ecosystem dangerously off kilter. The sudden and unforeseen collapse in Artic ice of the past two years has compelled previously cautious scientists to hit the panic button. Today’s emissions stand at 390ppm. Scientists warn anything over 350ppm could result in climate meltdown.

Developed countries, with the money and technological know how, must lead the way in slashing emissions. But if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change, it is clear that developing countries must rapidly halt emissions growth, including a rapid phase out of coal and an immediate halt to tropical deforestation.

To this end, the Maldives announced this year plans to become carbon neutral in a decade. Spearheaded by a switch from oil to 100% renewable energy production, the government aims to eliminate the use of fossil fuels on the Maldivian archipelago by 2020.

For the Maldives, which already has very high electricity costs, going carbon neutral is not just the right thing to do, it also makes economic sense. Some of our schools, for instance, spend up to 25% of their budget on diesel for their electricity generators. Renewable power might be more expensive to install but once those investments are made, the recurrent savings are substantial.

To persuade all developing countries to steer clear of fossil fuels, however, requires massive investments in green technology over the coming decades. Developing countries do not have the money for such investments and it is unreasonable to expect the rich world to foot the entire bill. However, rich nations could help poorer countries gain access to international finance for green development, perhaps by underwriting some of the risks. That way, poorer nations will not be asked to choose between economic growth and protecting the environment.

Rich countries also need to stop prevaricating over adaptation financing. For two decades, the most vulnerable countries, such as small island states, have been forced to jump through procedural hoops in the hope of being granted international aid for adaptation. But while the Maldives, for instance, has met all of its obligations, precious little, if any, assistance has been forthcoming.

This hardly inspires confidence in other developing world capitals, where politicians fear there is insufficient money to green the economy and protect the country from the impending storm. If the rich world wants poorer nations to follow low-carbon development, they must provide an adaptation financing mechanism that is adequate, easily accessible and flexible. The most very vulnerable countries, such as small island states, should be assisted with special status and provided emergency funding over the next few decades.

The risks climate change poses are so great that nations must put their historical differences aside and talk as friends at Copenhagen, rather than negotiate as enemies. Ensuring adaptation funds start to flow to those who need them most, and creating new routes to capital for green-minded poorer nations, would be an excellent way to build trust between the global North and South.


Dr Mohamed Waheed is Vice President of the Republic of Maldives

Saturday, December 5, 2009

7th SAF SCOUT FRIENDSHIP CAMP 2009


Been quite sometime since I put up any Posts up here. I recently came back from the 7th SAF Scout Friendship Camp held from the 20-26, November,2009 National Youth Complex, Gadpuri, India. I was up there with SYD from APR to help organize the Youth Forum there. Boy to get to there from Bangalore i had to travel on a train for two days. Now this is a great experience i tell you!!! Maldivian Contingent was also there, 16 of them. In the end I ended up being with them.

The forum went on smooth of course with SYD as the mastermind!

Below is the final recommendations from the SAF Youth Forum:

7th SAF Scout Friendship Camp

20-26 November 2009

Gadpuri, India

Youth Forum Recommendations

We, the participants of Youth Forum during the 7th SAF Scout Friendship Camp held from the 20-26 November 2009 National Youth Complex, Gadpuri, India, attended by 151 young people from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka:

A. We define Peace as a state of calm atmosphere where people belonging to different nations enjoy their own and respect the basic human rights of others and live freely according to their law, customs, traditions and religion. We define Solidarity as the integration of society to achieve a common goal.

B. Peace and Solidarity is important for people of South Asia because of the following:

1. For sustainable, socio-economic and cultural development;

2. To share knowledge and technologies;

3. To use our potential positively;

4. To overcome difficulties;

5. To use the resources efficiently;

6. To reduce environmental degradation;

7. To develop and maintain better relationship;

8. To improve cultural exchange among all the countries;

9. To gain trade advantages;

10. To promote health and welfare; and

11. To remove discrimination.

C. To achieve peace and solidarity in South Asia we promise on our Honor to do the following:

1. By organizing more friendship camps;

2. By organizing awareness programs, like workshops, environmental camps to spread the message of peace and solidarity;

3. By organizing youth conferences;

4. By working with NGOs in promoting peace and solidarity;

5. By submitting articles to media our experiences in SAF-Scout Friendship Camp;

6. By passing the message of peace and solidarity through words of mouth;

7. By virtual volunteering starting with joining in scouting4peace.org and scoutface.com;

8. By extending Scouting to children in extremely difficult circumstances;

9. By taking part in the Scouts of the World Award rogram; and

10. A copy of this recommendation should be sent to respective governments and visa offices to solve the visa issue for Scouts

D. We consider SAF Camps as the basic platform for the development and prosperity of peace and solidarity among the youth of South Asia and therefore it should be continued so that there is Peace and Solidarity among young people.

Approved by the young people of the 7th SAF Scout Friendship Camp on 22 November 2009, National Youth Complex, Gadpuri, India.


I got to see a lot of India with the Maldivian Contingent! We did quite some sight seeing !! :)

places visited include the famous Taj Mahal, The Red fort in Delhi and also the Red Fort in Aagara, Akbar's Tomb, famous India gate etc ... Haryana, Delhi and Aagara are some of the most amazing and cool places in India!!!

At India gate!


At the Taj Malal


At Akbar's tomb


At the Red Fort in Delhi

Had an awesome time with all and really enjoyed!!!
:)

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