Scout Movement: State Counsellor Appointed as Chief Scout in Myanmar

20 July 2019
2019-07-20 14:26

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was appointed as the Chief Scout of Myanmar Scouts Association on Saturday.

Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe and heads and members of the Myanmar Scouts Association were present at the ceremony in Diamond Jubilee Hall of Yangon University. State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi took an oath and gave guidance to the members of the Association.

State Counsellor of The Republic of the Union of Myanmar, H.E. Aung San Suu Kyi said "I am so glad to have been appointed as Chief Scout. This is kind of preserving family tradition as my mother Daw Khin Kyi was a Chief Commissioner. Since I was young, I became a scout and participated in many scout movements. Looking back to my scout movements after nearly 5 decades, I have no regrets as I did well and sincerely. I truly value this Chief Scout post. I wish I can work and participate in all scout movements not only for the country but also for the world."

In 1916, scouting in Myanmar was first initiated and had seen brilliant years of scouting in the 1950s as the Union of Burma Boy Scouts (UBBS) was one of the founding members of the Asia-Pacific Region in 1958. As history would have it, scouting was inevitably dissolved in 1964.

Chief Commissioner of Myanmar Scouts Association, Dr. Tin Nyo said "In 2013, during a state visit to Canberra, the former President U Thein Sein expressed the Governor General and Chief Scout the desire of Myanmar to re-establish Scouting. And it set the wheels in motion for the revival of scouting in Myanmar and Ministry of Education initiated re-introduction of scouting in the country."

With the vision to become the largest Youth Movement in the country with 100,100 members, the Myanmar Girl Guides has been giving training to scout members.

Trainer of Myanmar Girl Guide, Lin Lin Htike said "The missions of Myanmar Scouts Association and Myanmar Girl Guides are the same. It is to contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society."

There are nearly 60,000 scouts serving duties in Myanmar. Myanmar Scouts Association is joining hands with the social welfare and education departments to promote scout movements.

Scout from Thanlyin Technological University, Win Nu Zan said "I joined the Scouts Association as I was impressed with how the scouts are so smart, active and helpful. I have participated in rescue and rehabilitation works in natural disaster like flood and also charity works as well."

Myanmar became the 164th member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement on the 11th of August in 2016.

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