Day 2 Highlights from the Youth Forum

Participants gathered again for the second day of the 9th Africa Scout Youth Forum – a day full of learning and inspiration. They continued to work in their International Teams sharing experiences and jointly contributing to the sessions of the day.

Youth Advisors Report
The participants heard the report of the Youth Advisors to the Africa Scout Committee 2018-2021 and how they were able to follow-up on the recommendations of the 8th Africa Scout Youth Forum held in Harare, Zimbabwe in 2018. Download a copy of the report here.

Capacity Building Sessions
The day’s programme was filled with sessions designed to build capacity of the participants in different areas including youth engagement through organisational changes (policies, structures, governance), Safe from Harm, mental health and well-being, better world framework, entrepreneurship, and advocacy

The highlight of these was a session titled “Young Africans as Leaders, Entrepreneurs and Innovators” delivered by Evans Njoro, National Director at Young Scientists Kenya who challenged the participants to be the entrepreneurs and change-makers that Africa needs to overcome the challenges it faces.

Keynote Address
Edwin Kimani, the Global Operations Director at the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation delivered an inspiring keynote address, covering the theme of the Youth Forum “Shaping Connected Futures” in the context of youth and leadership. This was followed by a Question-and-Answer session with the participants. His message focused on what her referred to as the three things you need to do to live a hundred years:

Human Capital – every single minute every single day make sure you continue to sharpen yourself through education and experiences. “You can Google everything, but you can’t Google experience,” he said
Social Capital – make sure you have the right connections by deliberately investing in building social networks
Mental Capital – always look for something that gives you a spark other than what you do on a day-to-day basis. Something that connects you with the community, with nature and with your God.

He further urged the participants to be of service to others and ask for help to grow themselves; and to not forget to bloom like the flower they were planted to be.

The participants were taken through the proposed draft Regional Triennial Plan 2022-2025 and the 1st Africa Rover Moot to be hosted by Kenya Scouts Association from 15-15 April 2023. The day ended with an exhilarating African Night where participants danced their hearts out dressed in their traditional/national attire. What a memorable day!

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