MUSCAT — Dr Madeeha bint Ahmed al Shaibaniyah, Education Minister, announced that the Governorate of North Al Batinah won His Majesty the Sultan’s Cup for Scouts and Guides Excellence.
In a press statement yesterday, Dr Madeeha said that the Scouting and Guidance Commission in the Governorate of North Al Batinah came first at the Sultanate level for the school year 2011/2012 and thus qualified to win His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Cup. The Scouts and Guides Commission in the Governorate of South Al Sharqiyah came second, the Governorate of Muscat came third, the Governorate of Al Dakhiliyah came fourth, the Governorate of Al Dhahirah and the Governorate of Dhofar shared the fifth position.
The Education Minister added that dedicating a cup in the name of His Majesty is a recognition of the importance of the scouting work.
She added that the competition for the Cup of the Supreme Scout, which His Majesty the Sultan dedicated, is recognition by His Majesty of the importance of scouting and guidance work in building students capacities and developing competitiveness among teams and scouting commissions.
She stressed the importance of the competition in instilling values and directing their energies towards values, physical, mental and social capacities, as well as deepening concepts of loyalty to the country and the Sultan. Dr Madeeha pointed out to the constant evaluation by the Centralised Committee for Scouts and Guides Commission. She added that the remarks made by the committee will enable the ministry to develop the work of the scouting and guidance commissions in line with the global trends in this field.
Khamis bin Salim al Rasbi, acting Director-General of Scouts and Guides stressed the importance of the competition in activating the scouting and guidance activities and programmes.
He further said that the scouting and guidance competition helped in activating the scouting curricula and encouraged those supervising it to exert more efforts to develop the scouting programmes and activities to meet needs of the scouts, guides and the society aspirations as well.
He added that it promoted a healthy competition among the scouting and guidance units, as well as teams all over the Sultanate. — ONA