Pohamba Shifeta conferred as patron of Namibian Scouts Association
The Minister of Environment and Tourism, Hon Pohamba Shifeta was recently conferred as patron of the Scouts of Namibia.
In a brief ceremony in Windhoek, Shifeta received a framed appointment certificate, terms of reference for the Patron position, and a national Scout scarf from their president, Dr Audrin Mathe.
Pohamba, 54, an advocate for youth involvement and empowerment since 1988, welcomed the opportunity to support youth development, youth citizenship, and nation-building through scouting. He noted that two of his sons were scouts in their youth.
Scouting is the world’s leading educational youth movement, engaging nearly 60 million young people in 182 countries to be active citizens and create positive change in their communities.
The movement was founded by Lord Robert Baden-Powell in 1907. Lord Baden-Powell is best-known for his role in securing the western front during the Anglo Boer War in what later became South Africa.
Scouting was established in Namibia in 1917. Today there are more than 4000 scouts, boys and girls from all walks of life, and adult volunteer leaders at 72 different scout groups (including schools) in Namibia.
Scouts of Namibia is an affiliate member of the National Youth Council of Namibia.