The Scout Association of PNG (SAPNG), the largest voluntary youth movement in PNG, prides itself in producing respectable young men and women through their practical training activities for up to 90 years.
Since its inception, SAPNG has continued to grow and expand and today, the government acknowledged its importance through its inclusion in the Annual National Budget.
Governor General, Sir Michael Ogio, announced this at SAPNG’s 2016 Annual General Meeting today.
The Governor General declared that the policy documents have been approved for the Annual National Budget allocation with a funding of K1 million, starting this year.
He further noted that through the policy document, scouting programs can now be incorporated and be part of our National Education Curriculum.
Through a Memorandum of Understanding, a review of the ACT of the Scout Association of PNG is now underway to capture these legislative endorsements.
Sir Ogio acknowledged SAPNG’s efforts, with assistance from the International Scouts Movement, for developing the Membership Database, for the registration and records of all scouts joining the Scout Movement.
Newly appointed Chief Commissioner for SAPNG, Noel Pinda, stated that a system was a solution to the problem the organisation faced with unregistered groups claiming to be under SAPNG.
Pinda was officially signed in by the Governor General himself as the Chief Commissioner to SAPNG today.