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The first workshop of the Unguvu Project came to a close on Saturday 19th February and the 35 participants, from 11 different European and African Scout organisations, are now all safely home. During the workshop, participants were encouraged to explore the meaning of partnership and to examine the life-cycle of partnerships, through an interactive role play exercise. Participants identified the challenges and prejudices that can be associated with partnerships and discussed how they could meet these challenges head on. The experience of course also provided a chance for the participants to make new friends and forge new relationships and through; learning by doing and the sharing of experiences they began to further formulate their ideas and to begin work on the two tools.

As they continue to develop these tools between now and the next working meetings in Nairobi (April) and Burg Rieneck (June) they will gain further experience of working in partnership and further develop their capacities. During the next few months the participants will also be facilitating national consultations within their organisations. This input will further enrich their work on the tools and allow as many young people, as possible, in the partner countries to contribute to Unguvu. 3 working groups have now been formed; one for the Handbook, one for the Training Module and one for the national consultations.

During the closing ceremony attended by Dominique Preira Lamine Personal Secretary to the Senegalese Minister of Youth and Sport, the participants highlighted their work to the Secretary. The secretary praised Scouting and its ability to bring young people together and also to adapt to the needs of young people today.

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To keep updated on the progress of the Unguvu project you can follow the project on Twitter @unguvuscout or join the Facebook group “Unguvu Project“.

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Timothy Watson
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Timothy Watson

Tim comes from UK and is Project Officer, Cooperation at the European Scout Office. He is following the Region's work on Partnerships with other Regions and on international development issues.

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