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World Thinking Day 2018

It’s that time of year again when girls in the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts movement put on their thinking caps and focus their minds and hearts on their sisters across the globe. This year’s theme is the final part of the ‘Connect, Grow, Impact’ trilogy of themes. What impact can the girls have on their own lives and the lives of their sisters?
 
World Thinking Day in the classroom
Discuss the meaning of ‘The whole is greater than the sum of its parts’. How does this relate to the efforts of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts on World Thinking Day?

Suggest fundraising activities that would have an impact on the individuals taking part and the community as a whole. How will working together on these activities create a bigger impact than if girls worked alone? Activities could include organising:

  • – a baking session in which the girls plan all the details for baking cupcakes for a school community cake sale. This will have a positive impact on the development of their collective cooperation and collaboration, the school community and their global sisters.
  • – a sponsored rubbish collection session in which they visit a local area and, using appropriate equipment and precautions, collect bags of rubbish. The impact this will have on the community and the environment is clear. As a team, they will learn how to work effectively to achieve their goal and support their global sisters.
  • – a sponsored sustainability challenge; be it saving water or fuel, composting waste or not using plastic bags, the opportunities are endless!

One way for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to have an impact on the lives of their global sisters is to inform others of the daily struggles girls in some parts of the world face. Research some of the disadvantages young girls face in some countries of the world. Organise a fundraising event in support of this cause—anything from book sales or barbecues to sponsored swims or walks.

Information technology is available all over the world but not all individuals own their own devices, as is often the case in Australia. What impact would a day without technology have on each student and their families? How would they spend their time?

  • – Brainstorm ideas for a technology-free day at the weekend. Challenge students and their families to take part and share their experiences. Establish a fine to be paid each time anyone weakens.
  • – Brainstorm ways in which simple actions we do, often without thinking, can have an impact on others. Make a list of ways in which our good and bad actions can affect others; e.g. a smile, holding a door open, picking up someone else’s litter; pushing in front of someone at a queue, not offering a public seat to someone more in need.
 
Anyone out there with any more suggestions? Please share in the comments below!

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