20th September 2013
Country Director, Dave Husy
Remarks on the launch of the Scouts Handbook, 20th November 2014
Your excellency, Mr Vice President
Leaders and Commissioners of the Scouts Association of South Sudan
Scouts, Friends, Guests, Colleagues
I am very pleased to be part of launching the Scouts Handbook. This is a product of the partnership between Plan International South Sudan and the Scouts Association, and represents a joint commitment to the development of young people in South Sudan.
I am also very pleased that this launch is taking place today on the 20th November, as it is Universal Children’s Day and the anniversary of the day on which the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the rights of the Child in 1959, and the Convention of the Rights of the Child in 1989.
For Plan International this is a special day. It is a day when we recognize the value of children in the society as meaningful and vital to creating a better tomorrow. Plan is an international child rights organization supporting children and young people in 75 countries across the globe. In South Sudan, Plan has been working with children and young people since 2006 to support them to contribute meaningfully to their community and to peace and stability.
Plan is working particularly with youth, engaging them in research and support for developing alternative and sustainable livelihoods. This includes our investment in the facilities and curriculum for vocational schools supported by Plan in South Sudan. Among them are Juba technical vocational school, Lainya vocational school, Kapoeta South and East Vocational schools which offer courses on auto mechanics, tailoring, electrical wiring and Business Entrepreneurship and supplementary courses such as computer and English literacy.
Plan and the South Sudan Scouts association share a common interest in supporting children and young people, and both recognize the value of youth and see them as a consistent determining factor for peace and nation building. Plan recognizes the value to children and youth of the scouts movement, and this is why we see the training manual as an important way to promote their contribution, including:
• Scouts are organized youths with commitments to help people in the society. The manual will help groom scouts into understanding their roles in the society and activities they can engage in to make the society a better place.
• The youth are the backbone of the nation and if supported can have meaningful contribution to peace and development.
• The scouts network with their commitment to do good in the society serve as an example to other youth in the country encouraging them to also engage in activities that add value to their lives and to the lives of others.
• The handbook is also very useful to trainers and other people in the society as it covers various topics from as simple as how to put out fire to administration of first aid
In conclusion, Plan is very happy to be launching this handbook in partnership with the Scouts Association and we see it as the first step in our partnership. We look forward to discussing how we can work together to assist youth to build peace and development in South Sudan.