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Afghanistan is Scouting’s 171st Member


There are 171 national Scout organization who are members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). Afghanistan is Scouting’s 171st Member. This means, Afghanistan National Scout Organization (ANSO) is the latest WOSM member.

History of Scouting in Afghanistan

On 7 January 2020, World Scouting welcomed the Afghanistan National Scout Organization (ANSO). Afghanistan National Scout Organization is a founding member of Scouting in the Asia-Pacific Region.

“This is a defining moment for Scouting in Afghanistan. We would like to extend our appreciation to the Afghan government, partner organizations and NGOs for the continuous support to prepare ANSO to rejoin the Scout Movement.”

Craig Turpie, Chairperson of the World Scout Committee.

Scouting existed in Afghanistan from 1931. However, when the local situation was not favorable to Scouting, activities were stopped in 1979. Consequently, Afghanistan lost WOSM membership in 1981. However, since 2004, the World Scout Bureau through its Asia-Pacific Support Centre has worked to re-introduce Scouting in Afghanistan. This happened with the support of Scout leaders from the region, in collaboration with the government’s Ministry of Education. To know more about the Scouting in Afghanistan, may invite you to read a more detailed history here.

“The resurgence of Scouting in Afghanistan has been made possible thanks to the dedication of volunteers and the enthusiasm of young people. As a result of this renewed commitment by government and local leaders, a new generation of young Scouts will redefine their purpose and contribute as active citizens towards building stronger, more resilient communities.”

Ahmad Alhendawi, Secretary General of WOSM.
In January 2020, Afghanistan became the 171st member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). Listen to WOSM Secretary General welcoming Afghanistan National Scout Organization.

Thian Hiong Boon

While I was developing my content calendar for this blogsite, I thought of writing my experiences when I visit national Scout organization. Alphabetically, Afghanistan is the first national Scout organization in the list. My problem is I have not been to Afghanistan – not yet! So, I requested somebody who did!

Thian is a co-worker and very good friend of mine. He has been to Afghanistan eight times and has many stories about each visit. Below is an interview with Thian which went live in Facebook on Friday 26 June 2020.

This is the interview with Thian Hiong Boon which went live in Facebook on Friday 26 June 2020.

Thian joined the Scout Movement as a Cub Scout in 1966, when he was at 10 years old. He then continued his Scout journey as a Boy Scout, Senior Scout, and Rover Scout from 1969 to 1981.

He held various leadership positions as Adult Unit Leader of Scout Troop and as an Assistant Group Scout Leader from 1974 – 1981. He was also appointed as an Assistant District Commissioner for three years, from 1982-1984. He was appointed as first local Professional Scout Executive from April 1985 to April 2000, in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia.

He joined the World Scout Bureau in 20 May 2004 and currently the Director of Administration, HR and Finance (November 2018 – present). He also held the position of Director of Adult Resources.

Afghanistan National Scout Organization accepts girls into Scouting.

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