It has been 100 years since scouting came to Myanmar, and the anniversary did not go uncelebrated, with officials, scouts and students marking the centennial yesterday from morning until evening.
Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein and Old Scout Thura U Tin Oo of Myanmar Scouts delivered speeches at a ceremony to usher in the centennial of Myanma Boy Scouts at the Diamond Jubilee Hall in Yangon yesterday.
The opening ceremony commenced with the performance of a band from Basic Education High School (2), Latha Township and the display of scouting skills by university boy scouts.
The ceremony was formally opened by Dr U Than Oo, a university rover scout, Daw Barbra Old, an old girl guide, Dr Tin Nyo, the Chief Scout of Myanma Boy Scouts and Dr Daw Tin Hla Kyi, Chief Girl Guide.
After the opening ceremony, boy scouts and girl guides from BEHS (1) Dagon sang “Always Ready for the People” to pay homage to late heads of boy scouts and girl guides. Dr U Than Oo, a university rover scout, Daw Barbra Old, an old girl guide, Dr Tin Nyo, the Chief Scout of Myanma Boy Scouts and Dr Daw Tin Hla Kyi, Chief Girl Guide made speeches before old scouts and guides sang group songs.
Then, scouts from BEHS (1) Latha sang the “Foreword Step of Scouts”.
In the afternoon, the band of BEHS (1) Dagon and Myanmar Traditional Orchestra of BEHS (6) Botahtaung sang the song composed in honour of the centennial of Myanma Boy Scouts by Alingakyawzwa Hinthada Myint Ngwe, a rover scout.
Mr Wendel, the representative of The World Organization of the Scout Movement for Asia-Pacific Region, and Ms Kunlko Tatamitani, the regional representative of World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, spoke on the occasion.
The regional representatives also presented Old Scout Thura U Tin Oo, the chief minister and the chiefs of boy scouts and girl guides centennial gifts at the ceremony. Later, the chief minister and the mayor of Yangon presented awards to outstanding boy scouts and girl guides.
Performances by boy scouts and girl guides continued into the evening. An exhibition on the history of Myanmar boy scouts and girl guides and their current activities were displayed at the ceremony. —Ko Latt (MNA)