Space for Youth Engagement
Day 7 of the 1st Africa Rover Moot saw another group of participants travel to Nyeri, another went hiking on Ngong Hills while the other remained onsite for activities at the Africa Development Village, WOSM tent and Uvumbuzi Zone. We closed the day with another edition of the Moot Baraza.
Moot Baraza is a safe space for young people to debate and discuss contemporary issues and popular themes. It provides an opportunity to generate ideas and advance arguments in favor of or against different issues, to share experiences and offer practical and innovative solutions to different issues in their communities.
The Moot Baraza is organized in three sessions under the themes of innovation, nature & sustainable habits, and people. In today’s baraza under innovation the participants discussed topics like artificial intelligence, spaces for growth, and tools for better work, while the baraza of two days ago on people focused on tolerance, respect, and safe from harm. The next baraza on 23 April will be on nature, and sustainable habits where they’ll engage on adopting and advocating for meaningful habits towards developing an eco-friendly and healthy lifestyle - how to contribute to sustainability with daily personal habits. The participants will reflect on their daily waste management habits and suggest ways to improve their practices. They will also be ignited to focus on the solutions and initiatives they work on, vis a vis the effect they have on the environment.
Today we talk to the lady that leads Moot Kitchen team without whose efforts this wouldn’t be a good camp. She works to ensure everyone is well-fed.
What is your name and which part of Kenya do you come from?
My name is Rahab Wanjiku and I come from Kiambu.
Are you a Scout and what is your role at the kitchen?
Yes, I am a Scout. I’m the team leader at the Moot Kitchen.
What do you think about Scouts?
They’re good people with helping hands, warm and welcoming hearts.
What do you think about this African Rover Moot?
I think bringing together people from different countries and helping them to love each and help each other is a very good thing.
What are the biggest challenges of the Moot kitchen?
It was too muddy and the beginning and low power voltage sometimes.
We asked some people about Baden-Powell’s last messages and what it means to them.
Ratafika Faly and Rakotomalala Njiva (Madagascar)
“We try to continue what Baden-Powell did. It’s not finished and perfect. 5; Try to continue what I do and create better world.”
Thomas Hirt (Switzerland)
Yes, I do. I know the all four Baden-Powell’s last messages: to boy Scouts, to Girl Guides, to leaders and rovers and to general public. They contain messages that are still very relevant today. I’m trying to live by the Scout promise and the Scout law just like Baden-Powell asked us to do. I think leave the world little better than how I found it.”
Peter Corbasson (Canada)
“There are different ways to derive happiness, but the most meaningful way is connecting with others and the world around you. There are many ways to this like sharing cultures with Scouts from other backgrounds, bettering yourself with practical skills, and volunteering in the community to make a difference. Elements that are important to me include becoming a more well-rounded person through the above ways and leaving the world a better place.
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Here's how things went down on the seventh day: https://youtu.be/MNc3aJJitCo