The European Scout Office reports:
"On 18 April, the number of national member organizations of the World Organization rose to 144 when it welcomed in 3 new member countries: Armenia, Moldova and Tajikistan…."
"Scouting was started in Tajikistan in 1991. In spite of the civil war which broke-out in May 1992, Scout troops took root in Dushanbe, the capital, and in Khodjiant, the second city situated in the north on the plain of Fergana, at the border with Uzbekistan, far from the deadly conflicts. The return to relative calm at the beginning of 1995 allowed the expansion of the Movement in the country. A Scout troop has even been created in the prison for juvenile delinquents in Dushanbe. Associatsia Skautov Tadjikistana (The Scout Association of Tajikistan) was officially registered in October 1993 and is the only non-governmental youth organization which is structured and active in the country, enjoying the support of the authorities, notably the National Commission for UNESCO, and several foreign development agencies represented in the country. The Association’s credibility is largely due to its openness to all ethnic and religious groups, and also to its efficiency and effectiveness in working under very difficult conditions with extremely limited resources. The association has about 1,200 members, boys and girls, in 15 towns or areas,with several groups in three zones of conflict: Garm, Chartus, and the high valleys of Badakhchan, populated mainly with Ismailis."
Reprinted from Eurofax 56, May,1997. Eurofax is the monthly newsletter of the European Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). It is produced by the European Scout Office and is distributed by fax to all member associations in the European Scout Region and the Europe Region WAGGGS, and others.
Tajik Scouts Attend the 1995 World Jamboree
As reported in Terra Nova, the Jamboree News, August 1, 1995.
"WE NEVER CYCLED BEFORE"
"For many of the participants the World Jamboree has started already five days ago. In over three thousand Dutch host families Scouts learned a lot about the Dutch way of living. For some everything was familiar, but others did things they had never done before. Eight Scouts from Tadzjikistan, Central Asia, learned how to cycle and for the first time in their life they saw the sea. "In our country we also have some bikes, so we now how it works and what it is used for. But we never cycled before," says Rustam Karimov. "With our host families we cycled to the town centre and to a forest. We also walked there." Rustam stayed for five days in Veendam, a city in the north of the country."
"The Tadzjikistan Scouts visit the Jamboree thanks to Operation Flevoland. Back home, they live all over the country, sometimes over 800 kilometres away from each other. They also speak different languages, like Persian and Russian. The Scouts discovered many differences between Tadzjikistan and Holland. Rustam: "The houses you see here are in our country only for the rich people. Most of our houses are made of grass. Our houses are much smaller. The food is also very different. We don’t have that much choice. We did not like the peanut butter. " On Sunday evening, some Scout groups from Groningen organised a barbeque for all home hospitality guests in the area. Apart from the Tadjziikistan Scouts there were forty Scouts from Denmark. "Life here does not differ much from life in Denmark", Stine says. However, she liked her stay in a Dutch host family. For the campfire after the barbeque the Danish Scouts prepared some popular Danish songs and sketches."
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