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2014 World Thinking Day Cadette Activities

Note to Volunteers

The World Thinking Day award is an OFFICIAL Award that may be worn on the front of the Official Uniform sash or vest.

The theme for World Thinking Day 2014 is girls worldwide say "education opens doors for all girls and boys." This theme is based on United Nation's Millennium Development Goal 2, to achieve universal primary education, and is especially focused on making sure girls have access to education. Educating girls is one of the most powerful and effective ways to reduce global poverty.

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2014 World Thinking Day Cadette Activities

To earn the award, girls learn more about this topic by completing one or more activity below.

  1. Show the brief Girl Effect video at your meeting, and discuss it with your group. What is meant by the girl effect? What's the role of education in the girl effect? What impact can the girl effect have on communities?
  2. Host a Global Reading Fair. Get some books from or about other countries. Read them and design a poster that shares the story with people who haven't read it. Include some statistics on what going to school is like in the country and what challenges kids might face in learning to read there. Check out the Room to Read website to gather information on countries in Asia and Africa.
  3. Girls fight to stay in school and the girl who dreamed of school videos from UN Web TV depict the lives of girls in Pakistan and Egypt. After watching these brief films, discuss with your group what some of the challenges are that girls in other countries confront in trying to get an education. One big challenge is that girls are often asked to go to work before completing school to help support their families. What choices would you make if you had to either stay in school or help support your family? Discuss with your group.
  4. Invite a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer to speak to your group about her/his Peace Corps experience in the country where she/he served. Specifically, ask the volunteer to speak about schools and education in the community. Not familiar with the Peace Corps? Watch A Legacy of Service and see Peace Corps Speakers Tip Sheet (PDF). If you cannot find a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in your community, contact a local university and invite an international student to speak.
  5. Room to Read produces children's books like "Floating Markets" that tell stories about everyday life. Create your own story about daily life in your community. You can write and illustrate your short story or make a video.
  6. With your friends, do some fact finding research and create a Global Education trivia game. Use the Global Campaign for Education resources to find data. Once finished, set up a table at a World Thinking Day event to test other people's knowledge about global literacy and education.
  7. Visit a local pre-school or day care center. What are things you can do to help support children's learning? Do they need a reading game or flash cards to help them learn to read? Or maybe they would like you to read stories aloud to them? What other ways can you and your friends help younger children learn?
  8. Stories are an important way that we learn about ourselves and the world. Investigate where the stories about girls in other countries that we see portrayed in the media come from – do you think they portray accurate media images or stereotypes? Take the MEdia Girl Scout Leadership Journey and learn more.