The South Asian Association of National Scout Organizations (SAANSO) Trainers Conference hosted by Sri Lanka Scout Association was inaugurated today 15 July 2022 at 10 .00 a.m at the Goldi Sands Hotel in Negombo Sri Lanka.

The Chief Guest for the occasion was Mr. Mohamed Ali Khalid, SAANSO Advisor and Additional Chief Commissioner of Bharat Scouts and Guides.

Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka Scout Association Attorney at law Mr. Janaprith Fernando and Course Director of the Conference received the Chief Guest.
Mr. M.F.S.Muheed Deputy Chief Commissioner and SAANSO NATIONAL COORDINATOR delivered the welcome Address followed by the address by Mr. Abdullah Rasheed Secretary General of SAANSO who detailed the History of SAANSO and it’s beginnings.

Mr. Srinath Gooneratne President of Sri Lanka Scout Association addressed the delegates.

Chief Commissioner Mr. Janaprith Fernando in his address expressed his gratitude to all those Participants and Resource Persons for having come to Sri Lanka at very difficult times.
He further said even during the pandemic scouting was kept active in Sri Lanka. He also referred to the importance of Training to enable to produce good citizens.

The Chief Guest Mr. Mohamed Ali Khalid in his address stated that there has to be exchange among the trainers and this will help to progress in the midst of daily changes taking place and an increase in leaders are required.

24 participants, 6 Resource Persons from 7 South Asian countries Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal,Pakistan and Sri Lanka are participating at the Conference on hybrid physical and virtual mode.
Resource Persons are from Bangladesh, Malaysia, Singapore and Philippines and APR support Centre.
The 3 Day Conference will end on 17 July with the Closing Ceremony.

Dr. Asanka Eriyawa Headquarters Commissioner and Conference Secretary delivered the Vote of Thanks.

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