March 8, 2011
Groups come together to celebrate World Thinking Day

Rangers, Girl Guides, Brownies, Bim Bims and Boy Scouts came together on Sunday, February 27, at the Kingstown Methodist Church, to celebrate World Thinking Day, an international event celebrated by Girl Guides, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts around the world.{{more}}

World Thinking Day is celebrated each year on February 22, in memory of Lord and Lady Baden-Powell, the founders of the movement. This year’s theme is “Millennium Development Goal 3: Gender equality and empowering women.” The theme adapted for the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Girl Guides Association was “Empowering Girls will change our World.”

Speaking briefly at the service, President of the Girl Guides Association Gwendoline Russell stated that it is the goal of the organization to empower girls through education and to develop their leadership skills by allowing them to participate in several activities, such as community programmes, as well as exposing them to training.

She added that the organization provides several opportunities for girls to advance themselves and urged the guides to take full advantage of such opportunities.

The purpose of World Thinking Day, Russell explained, was to remember Girl Guides all around the world and their efforts and contributions to their societies. She added that greetings are sent all around the world to Girl Guides.

Also making remarks at the ceremony was member of the Girl Guides Association Claudette Reddock-Lewis who stated that women have to act as agents of change in the world. She added that women are central to growth in communities and that the challenges that women face in the world only strengthen them.

She added that women should take advantage of the opportunities in media and technology to reach out to nations, adding that girl guides should continue to make meaningful contributions to their societies.

The event also featured choral speaking by the Number 10 Kingstown Guide Company and the distribution of Chief Commissioner Awards to Rangers Ariane Baynes, Halima Michael, Kalina Ellis-Browne and Swana John.