2014 World Thinking Day Senior 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 Senior Activities

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

  1. Check out the literacy rate in your state. The findings may surprise you. Find a local literacy program, and volunteer to help someone who is learning to read or learning English.
  2. Invite a local professor or organization that works on global education to speak about the issues. Not sure who to ask? Check out the Coalition for Education's partners or invite a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer to speak about schools and education in the community where she/he served.
  3. View To Educate a Girl, a documentary about the struggle girls face in accessing quality education. In the film, Sujani stated, "To educate a girl, you have to have the support of the family." What do you think this means? Do you agree with this quote? Why or why not? What do you think is needed to educate a girl? Check out the complete viewing guide (PDF) for more discussion questions.
  4. Helping girls stay in school is an important issue around the world. Read Room to Read's Girls Education Yearbook and put yourself in the shoes of one of the girls featured there. Write a follow-up essay or journal entry from her perspective. What might be some of your hopes, dreams, fears or favorites? Make sure to research life in her country before you start!
  5. Girl Rising tells the extraordinary stories about impoverished girls fighting impossible odds to realize their dreams of going to school. Host a movie night featuring Girl Rising. Consider these questions to spark a conversation about how you envision a society that respects girls' needs, values, and interests: What does Girl Rising teach you and others about the way girls are raised outside the United States? What opportunities do you have that these girls have to fight for? How can you unite with your Girl Scout sisters to advocate for a world where all girls are being educated and encouraged to fulfill their potential?
  6. Print out the Can you take me safely to school (PDF) board game. Find a die and game pieces to use to play with friends. See who can make it to the finish line first. Then discuss some of the obstacles you encountered on the way. Were you surprised by any?
  7. What would you like to see changed in your school? For example, some schools don't have enough money to support arts programs or provide tutoring to kids who are struggling to read. Advocate on the issues that are important to you by contacting your government representatives to tell them that education should be a priority. Here's a quick guide on writing a letter to your member of Congress.
  8. Globally, completion rates and learning levels of girls are lower than those of boys. Participation of girls in school also decreases as girls' progress through the education system, yet educating girls has benefits not just for themselves but also for their families, communities and countries. Access to education is a sisterhood issue! Take the Mission Sisterhood Girl Scout Leadership journey to explore ways we can lift up and support our sisters' access and ability to achieve, both globally and locally.