International Day of the Girl Meeting

This week we completed the WAGGGS #teamgirl challenge for International Day of the Girl.

We started the meeting by having each patrol look at cards with the  Need/Want items on them.  Each patrol separated the cards into two piles and then after horseshoe we asked how each patrol had categorized each item.  For some there was no debate (fizzy drinks are a want, clean water a need) but for others there was more debate.  I asked a few questions a long the way too to challenge their thinking.  For example, the girls all agreed that a garden was a want until I asked if their answer would change if the garden was a major source of food for the family.  Pretty flowers are a want but vegetables are a need they all agreed.

We followed that up with short discussion about barriers for girls attending school around the world.  I was impressed by how much our girls already knew about the subject.

Then we played the giant board game included in the package.  Some of the squares were pretty difficult for Guide age girls but the hardest one was staying quiet until your next turn.

We finished up by having each patrol draw posters of what they liked best about school and what they would miss if they couldn’t go to school any more.

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#TeamGirl 2017

The International Day of the Girl isn’t a Make a Difference Day this year, but if you still want to mark it with your unit you can complete the WAGGGS #teamgirl challenge for 2017.  This year’s focus is on the right to education of Girls around the world.

Before doing this challenge you may want to review the new Advocacy Guidelines.

The is a “letter from Hogwarts” making the rounds that might really help younger Guides understand what is lost when girls aren’t able to attend school.  It seemed quite timely to me as it came across my social media feed just after I was reading the #teamgirl challenge.  Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Waitlist