The third International Scouts and Guides Fellowship (ISGF) Africa Regional Conference was launched in Accra on Tuesday with a call on the youth to make discipline a hallmark.
This year’s edition, which is slated for April 30 and expected to end on May 4, 2019, is on the theme, ‘Discovering the potential in Africa, the role of Adult Scouts and Guides.’
It would provide a platform for members of ISGF to discuss how best they could partner with governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and individuals to advance the welfare of the society.
Launching it, former chairman of the National Media Commission (NMC), Karbral Blay-Amihere, said it was very important for society to place more emphasis on discipline, honesty, morality, respect for others and good conduct and service to others because “they are what modern society needs”.
He encouraged scouts not to abandon the calling of the movement but rather feel motivated to serve and also let their light shine on others.
“Beyond this dedication, there is also the need for a serious drive to mobilise more boys and girls to join the movement, so that together we can promote the development of our dear nation,” he said.
According to Mr Blay-Amihere, there was the need for the society to make a conscious effort to adopt a national policy that sought to inculcate in the youth, a sense of civic and social responsibility, and some of the values of the Scout and Guide movements, which include honesty.
He hoped that the ISGF conference would also help explore ways of spreading the movement on the African continent.
The president of ISGF Ghana, Prosper Bani, stated that he was glad the event was going to be held in Accra, adding that the first and second editions were held in Zambia and Burkina Faso respectively.
He assured the public that the event would be a success, and urged participants to come in their numbers.
The ISGF is a worldwide organisation of adults in scouting and guiding, who have come together to help promote development in the society through discipline and selflessness.
BY RAISSA SAMBOU