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P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR | ARAB NEWS
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Fri, 2011-09-30 01:10

In a statement on the occasion of the international scouts camp, which was opened at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, northwest of Jeddah on Wednesday, the minister said the program is the brainchild of King Abdullah, who wanted to promote world peace and stability through dialogue and constructive activities.
The 10-year program aims to mobilize 30 million scouts around the globe to work for world peace. “King Abdullah has instructed the Saudi government to support the program for 10 years,” Prince Faisal said, adding the program would assist scouts all over the world to carry out volunteer activities for the benefit of others.
He said the King Abdul Aziz National Dialogue Center would provide training to scouts in holding dialogue with others. “We’ll also support various scouts programs across the world, including the World Scouts Jamboree,” he told Okaz newspaper.
This year’s Messengers of Peace program coincides with Saudi Arabia’s National Day celebrations. The camp’s launch at KAUST was done in the presence of Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustav, president of the World Scout Fund, and his wife Queen Silvia. Prince Faisal said the camp would host about 1,000 scouts from different parts of the world. The opening at Abrug Al-Raghama in Jeddah was attended by 200 personalities from 97 countries.
King Gustav commended the "Messengers of Peace" program initiated by King Abdullah, saying it would encourage youths to work for world peace. "The world scout movement plays a significant role in enhancing the skills and capabilities of young men and women as it trains them to depend on themselves and work for changing the world for the better," Gustav said.
King Abdullah launched the program as part of his endeavors to promote world peace. In November 2001, King Abdullah declared that the world scouts should be the messengers of peace. "The initiative reflected his farsightedness," Prince Faisal said.
Within six years, about 10 million young men and women in 110 countries responded to the king’s call favorably. "Messengers of Peace" is a simple concept. Every scout doing good deeds and providing services to others will be part of that collective process aiming at changing the world. A single act multiplied by 30 million is the initiative’s real dynamic, organizers said.
"Imagine 30 million young people, just like you, being active in their communities worldwide undertaking simple but important work to change their world. After the launch in Jeddah, we expect many more scouts will want to join us in our quest to change the world," one official associated with the program said.

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