Associação de Escuteiros de Angola
|Associação de Escuteiros de Angola|
Associação de Escuteiros de Angola|
Scout Association of Angola
The Associação de Escuteiros de Angola (AEA), the national Scouting organization of Angola, was founded in 1994 and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement on June 13, 1998, and officially welcomed into WOSM at the World Scout Conference in South Africa in July 1999. The association is a member of the Comunidade do Escutismo Lusófono (Community of Lusophone Scouting).
The coeducational Associação de Escuteiros de Angola has 13,753 members as of 2004, in 54 groups spread over the country. Angola is the ninth and newest member of the Southern Zone of the Africa Region. Although Scouting is growing, the country is plagued by years of civil war and political unrest, and this is hindering development, especially in rural areas.
Angolan Scouting was widespread in the colonial years, working closely with Portugal's Catholic Corpo Nacional de Escutas. When Angola gained its independence in 1975 and came under Marxist rule, Scouting was banned by that government. Scouting was officially started again in February 1991. In 1994, the interreligious Associação Nacional de Escuteiros and the Catholic Associação de Escuteiros Católicos de Angola merged forming the AEA. Today, Scouting includes an inter-religious pastoral commission which brings together the main religions represented by the members of the Scout Association.
Scouting enjoys special support from the Catholic church and some groups are closely linked to the church, and excellent relations exist with UN agencies. Together with UNICEF, Scouting has been in the forefront of the campaign for children's immunization against polio. Scouting activities focus on improving the quality of life in local communities. These include humanitarian assistance to those who have fled armed conflict, working with UNICEF on Oral Rehydration Therapy programs, and an anti-polio campaign led by the Ministry of Health.
Scouts from Angola participated in the 1998 World Jamboree in Chile.
|Members of the Africa Scout Region|
|Full members: Angola | Benin | Botswana | Burkina Faso | Burundi | Cameroon | Cape Verde | Chad | Comoros | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Côte d'Ivoire | Ethiopia | Gabon | Gambia | Ghana | Guinea | Kenya | Lesotho | Liberia | Madagascar | Malawi | Mauritius | Mozambique | Namibia | Niger | Nigeria | Rwanda | Senegal | Seychelles | Sierra Leone | South Africa | Swaziland | Tanzania | Togo | Uganda | Zambia | Zimbabwe|