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Minister challenges Scouts to shape young people

by lloyd last modified 2008-09-30 13:53

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana who is the second in command in the South African Scouts movement, has challenged the Movement to play a significant role in shaping young people.

Released by Department of Labour on 28 April 2008

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana who is the second in command in the South African Scouts movement, has challenged the Movement to play a significant role in shaping young people.  He was speaking at the Southern Africa region conference in Midrand at the week-end. 

 

 “We are faced with children in war situations, child rape and abuse, crime involving young children and child labour – where is the scout movement?

 

“You have a responsibility to prune and guide young people.” he said.

 

Mdladlana joined the scouts as a young boy over forty years ago.  “Scouting made me what I am today .. .basic principles and values do not disappear. They guide you in later life.” he said.

 

About 200 delegates from Angola Botswana Lesotho Malawi Mozambique Namibia South Africa Swaziland and Zambia Zimbabwe at the 3-day conference exchanged ideas on what contemporary young people expect from the movement.  Mdladlana reminded them about challenges facing the region.  He cited the political situation in Kenya and Zimbabwe and implored the scouts to look out for young people caught up in difficult situations.

 

“Children must be allowed to grow in a safe environment.  The power you have is not that of a gun … but you can make yourselves champions for the rights of the children, especially the girl-child.” he said.

 

The thirty fifth southern zone conference also looked at the role of women in the scouting movement and the spiritual development of young people.  It was a prelude to the World Scouts movement conference to be held in Japan in 2015.





 

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