Come to think of it

16 March 2017 | Youth

The Girl Guides Association of Namibia (GGAN) recently held its annual “Thinking Day” at its premises in Klein Windhoek.

World Thinking Day is celebrated annually on 22 February by all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. It is a day when they think about their "sisters" and "brothers" in all the countries of the world, the meaning of Guiding, and its global impact.

That date was chosen as it was the birthday of Scouting and Guiding founder, Lord Robert Baden-Powell and of Lady Olave Baden-Powell, his wife and World Chief Guide. “Thinking Day also offers a platform where the Girl Guides can speak out on issues that affect girls and young women, and this ties in with the health programme that is taught to our girls,” said Mrs Aase Geel, finance chairperson of the GGAN.

This year’s theme for the day was “Grow” and, the Girl Guides planted a tree at their premises with the hopes of seeing it blossom and flourish, just like their association. “Planting seeds was exciting for me, as I love the nature and outdoor life,” said one of the Guides.

Another highlight on Thinking Day was that the Girl Guides collected N$400 as a voluntarily donation to the Guides Association. The money will be used for logistical expenses at GGAN. “Making a difference by fundraising for projects at GGAN is also what Thinking Day is about,” said Geel.

With Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah as its patron, GGAN was founded in 1923 and provides informal educational programmes which develop girls and young women personally, spiritually, emotionally, physically and socially. GGAN has been approved by the ministry of arts, education and culture, and guiding activities take place in such a way that they do not disrupt the normal school schedules.

The guiding branches consists of three categories, namely Brownies (7-11 years), Guides (11-17) and Rangers (18 years and older). All girls can join the GGAN regardless of their religious, cultural or ethnic background.

Enquiries: Aase Geel on 061 225225 or [email protected]

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