Ethiopia's Emperor Hails Selassie opened the three-day Second Africa Scout Conference in Addis Ababa on Monday (9 July) and said that the meeting was a landmark in the development of the scouting movement in Africa.
GVs Scouts marching to conference hall (3 shots)
SV Haile Selassie along corridor
GV PAN INTERIOR Conference
CU PULL OUT Haile Selassie
SV Delegates from Ghana, S. Africa, Cameroun (3 shots)
CUs Haile Selassie speaking
SV PAN ALONG Delegates, right to left, Zambia, Swaziland, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Nigeria, Mauritius, Ethiopia, Central African Republic, Arab Regione listening to speech (4 shots)
SV Delegates applauding
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Background: Ethiopia's Emperor Hails Selassie opened the three-day Second Africa Scout Conference in Addis Ababa on Monday (9 July) and said that the meeting was a landmark in the development of the scouting movement in Africa.
When he arrived at Africa Hall to open the conference, the emperor was welcomed by world scout leaders and officers of the host committee of the Scouts Association of Ethiopia. More than 300 boy and girl scouts lined the route to the conference hall and honoured the emperor by standing at attention with the traditional scout salute.
Delegates to the conference came from Zambia, Swaziland, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Nigeria, Mauritius, Ethiopia, the Africa Committee and Arab Regions.
SYNOPSIS: Hundreds of scouts from most African countries marched to the big Africa Hall in Addis Ababa on Monday for the official opening of the three-day Second Africa Scout Conference by Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. Delegates to the conference began arriving in addis Ababa almost a week before it was due to begin.
As the flags of the countries represented at the conference flew aloft outside Africa Hall, the emperor was given a traditional about welcome to the meeting. Nearly three hundred of the boys stood at attention and gave him the boy scout salute. The conference has been organised in co-operation with the Africa office of the Boy Scout World Bureau. Some of the delegates were from Ghana, South Africa and Cameroun.
In his opening address to the conference, Emperor Haile Selassie told the delegates that the big meeting was a landmark in the development of the scouting movement in the continent. He said that because of the very fact that Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, lived for many years in Africa, the movement he started had a special significance in the continent. The emperor said that when scouting was allowed into Africa thirty-nine years ago, it had some military motives...but he said that today, it was different. He said scouting was stressed as fostering understanding, the brotherhood of mankind, and the establishment of lasting peace throughout the world.
Nearly two hundred delegates took part in the first session of the conference.