I began my scouting journey in 1996 as a Cub Scout, and for the past 27 years, I have remained dedicated to this wonderful experience. My first international scouting experience was in 2007 at the 21st World Scout Jamboree, where I truly grasped the incredible diversity and strength of our movement. In 2009, I was honored to receive the President’s Scout Award, the highest award in the Scout Section in the Maldives. That same year, I was also recognized as one of the 5 Outstanding Scouts in the Asia Pacific Region.

Scouting taught me the value of friendship and instilled in me self-reliance and a sense of service to the community. Passing on these lessons and ensuring the success of scouting is a responsibility I feel compelled to fulfill, as it has shaped me into the person I am today.

Since 2009, I have been actively involved as a Scout Leader, contributing to the delivery of the Youth Programme. I have been actively involved in supporting local Scout Groups and later serving the National Scout Organization in various roles. My main interest lies in educational methods, especially in designing and developing the Youth Programme. In 2013, I was appointed as the National Commissioner for Youth Programme, a position I held from 2013 to 2015 and again from 2018 to 2020. One of my significant achievements was establishing the National Scout Youth Forum and the National Scout Youth Council system in the NSO, ensuring youth participation in decision-making was enshrined in the Association’s Constitution.

My strength lies in developing essential literature and resources for the Scout Association of Maldives, an area where the Association needed support. Recently, I led the team in developing the National Youth Programme Policy, a groundbreaking initiative for our NSO. I have also been supporting the Adult Learning and Development work that is being undertaken at the Association, supporting in developing and reviewing content and mateiral for facilitated adult learning. Today, I oversee the management of the Scout Association of Maldives as the Chief Commissioner.

Here are some of the key roles I undertook at The Scout Association of Maldives over the years:

  • Chairperson – Youth Programme Committee, 2019 – present
  • Member, Youth Programme Committee, 2017
  • Member, Planning Committee, 2013 – 2015
  • Member, Adult Resources Committee, 2013 – 2015
  • Vice Chair, Youth Programme Committee, 2012 – 2014
  • National Scouts of the World Award Coordinator, 2019 to present.
  • National Coordinator, World Scout Environment Programme, 2013 – 2015.
  • Member of the National Training Team.

I have always been passionate about advocating for increased youth voice and involvement in decision-making, especially within the Scout Movement. In 2009, I took part in the APR Youth Forum, offering myself to contribute as a member of the APR Young Adult Members Group (now known as the Regional Youth Representatives). I was elected as a member and later chosen by the group to serve as its Chairperson. In this role, I had the chance to represent youth interests in the APR Regional Committee from 2009 to 2012. During this period, I played a role in the committee’s governance work while also leading the YAMG and participating in various regional events.

In 2014, I challenged myself and ran for the position of World Scout Committee Youth Advisor at the World Scout Youth Forum. Luckily, I was elected to represent the participants as a Youth Representative on the World Scout Committee from 2014 to 2017. During my time, I also served on the Steering Committee of the World Scout Committee. I supported the Innovating Scouting Work Stream, focusing on strategic priorities like Youth Engagement and Educational Methods. Additionally, I led the Scouts of the World Awards (SWA) Unit. This experience exposed me to governance practices, inclusive decision-making, and evidence-based approaches. Serving in various capacities at the global level not only allowed me to contribute to the movement’s growth but also helped me develop as a leader.

Scouting has consistently provided me with invaluable learning opportunities, for which I’m truly grateful. I continue to serve as a WOSM Consultant, lending support to World Scouting whenever possible.

Here are some of the key roles I took up in World Scouting:

  • Member, Steering Committee of the World Scout Committee, 2014 – 2017
  • Member, Innovating Scouting Work Stream core team; (World Scout Committee work stream looking after the strategic priorities, Youth Engagement and Educational Methods), 2014-17
  • Lead Volunteer of the Scouts of the World Awards (SWA) Unit; the unit task was mainly to coordinate the programme network and to produce the updated SWA Guidelines and NSO Manual, 2014 – 17.
  • Member of the Youth Engagement Unit, 2014 – 2017.
  • Member of the Wood Badge Review Team, 2014 – 17.
  • Member of the World Rover Moot Review Unit, 2014 – 2017.
  • Member of the WOSM Team at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan 2015.
  • Member of the WOSM Team at the 13th World Scout Youth Forum and 41st World Scout Conference in Azerbaijan.
  • Service-related Trainer – WOSM Consultants Training – October 2019
  • Chairman, 7th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Youth Forum, Bangladesh – Asia Pacific Region, 2012
  • WOSM Consultant on Youth Engagement, World Organization for the Scout Movement, (Providing consultancy to member organization on request of WOSM) 2019 – present.

Some of Maeed’s achievements:

  • National Award of Recognition by the Government of Maldives for his contributions in Social Services; Youth Empowerment, Social-work, and Charity work. Presented on 26th December 2020, by the President of Maldives HE Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
  • First Maldivian recipient of the Commonwealth Points of Light award in recognition for exceptional service supporting young people and environment conservation given by Her Majesty Queen Elizebeth. Recognized as the Commonwealth’s 174th Points of Light, Presented by Lord Tarig Ahmed of Wimbledon on 17th February 2022 at the British High Commission in the Maldives.
  • Asia Pacific Region Outstanding Scout Award – given by the Asia Pacific Region – World Organization for the Scout Movement in 2009.
  • President’s Scout Award – Given by President HEP Mohamed Nasheed in 2009. This is the highest Award given to a Scout in the Maldives.
  • Environmental Champions Award – Given by the Government of Maldives recognizing efforts for environmental stewardship and conservation, presented by HEP Maumoon Abdul Gayyom in 2008.