Fifth World Centre pilot events take place in Africa Region

25 July 2012

The first of four experimental Fifth World Centre pilot project events has taken place in Ghana, attended by 25 participants from eight African countries.

Ghana Girl Guides Association hosted a Fund Development and Leadership Development training event from 21 to 27 July.

This was part of a larger ongoing pilot project to test the concept of a mobile World Centre in the Africa Region.

The two-year pilot project – which was ceremonially launched at the Ghanaian event – will test whether WAGGGS could use Member Organizations’ existing training venues to deliver World Centre events.

The event in Ghana will be followed by subsequent Fifth World Centre pilot project events in South Africa (October 2012), Kenya (January to March 2013) and Rwanda (May 2013). The Fifth World Centre pilot project will last for two years overall and has been funded by a grant from the Maersk Moller Foundation.

The pilot project findings will be presented at the 35th World Conference in Hong Kong in 2014.

You can get updates on the pilot project by liking the Fifth World Centre pilot project Facebook page, watching for updates on the WAGGGS website, and checking out photos from pilot project events on the WAGGGS Flickr feed.

Fifth World Centre pilot project history

The pilot project is the product of years of discussion to develop a financially and operationally viable World Centre presence in the Africa Region.

In 2010, the Africa Regional Conference unanimously agreed that the Africa Committee would explore opportunities to deliver World Centre experiences within existing facilities in Africa, and that the World Board should consider innovative delivery approaches for a Fifth World Centre and for hosting international experiences for girls and young women in Africa.

In July 2011 during the 34th World Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, a motion was passed to create an experimental two-year pilot project that could potentially lead to the creation of a Fifth World Centre in the Africa Region.

A grant was secured to fund the pilot and former Africa Region development executive Marie-Paule Rafenoarisoa was recruited to work on the project full time.

A year after the motion was passed at the World Conference, and after countless hours of work, the pilot project events are now happening!

Your comments

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Ali Herbert - 28 November 2012 - 10.50PM (GMT)

So pleased to see this taking off. I pray that all goes well.

Ony (madagascar) - 22 October 2012 - 7.15PM (GMT)

It sound great!!!

Anne Rise - 4 October 2012 - 12.29AM (GMT)

It is such a remarkable year - with more events taking place at 'our' 5th World Centre. The theme combined of two core issues for both Africa Region and WAGGGS: Fund Development and Leadership, leaves me full of excitement to see the outcome and to hear the voices from South Africa. My best wishes for fruitful discussions and a good experience for all participating!

Barbara Norris Duerk - 10 September 2012 - 7.37PM (GMT)

Girl Scouts and Girl Guides WAGGGS story is incomplete with the destination to this 5th world center. Girl Scouts walk the talk and we need to support our sisters around the world by implementing courage, confidence and character to every girl every where!

Ashley Geddes - 13 August 2012 - 10.24PM (GMT)

I was so excited when I heard the 5th World Centre was a go! I have been eagerly awaiting this since I was a Girl Member!! I wish the Centre and everyone involved all the best!

Emili Peake - 11 August 2012 - 11.21AM (GMT)

As a young women at the 34th World Conference, it has been the proudest moment of my life being in the room when the pilot scheme was agreed. The reception of this was immense and I still get tears in my eyes when I describe it (even as I write this).

I wish all the success for the 5th World Centre.

Katerina Agorogianni - 3 August 2012 - 6.15PM (GMT)

It is amazing to watch the birth of a new World Center that has so much to offer not only to Africa Region but to all of us! Guiding has many forms and exchanging experience, knowledge and best practices is what makes Wagggs special. Young leaders have a lot to gain from these events!! May they all have the success of the Ghana project!

Josephine Wade - 1 August 2012 - 6.23AM (GMT)

I was honoured to meet so many FABULOUS GIRL GUIDES in the many countries within the Africa Region, including Marie-Paule in Madagascar last year. Every country had amazing women and girls, changing the world for females everywhere. A 5th World Centre can be a showcase for the rest of the world to show how women do it better - team working, peacefully, without tribal jealousies to cooperate and share a common vision together for the sustainable betterment of its members. xx

tracy lynn walker - 25 July 2012 - 8.55PM (GMT)

Yahoooo! I want to come to Hong Kong and be there as history ( HERSTORY) unfolds!

esther amakyi - 25 July 2012 - 7.31PM (GMT)

we hope Ghana Girl Guides association will be given the mandate to be the first guides in west african country to host the fifth moblie world centre.

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