World Thinking Day 2014
15 November 2013
Each year on 22 February, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world celebrate World Thinking Day (WTD). WTD is an opportunity to celebrate international friendship, learn about and take action on important issues, and fundraise in support of the World Thinking Day Fund.
We have chosen UN Millennium Development Goal 2 (MDG) as the theme for WTD 2014– Achieve universal primary education.
Education is a key issue affecting girls and young women around the world. Despite progress, an estimated 250 million children of primary school age lack basic reading, writing and numeracy skills, whether in school or not. Globally, 123 million youth (aged 15 to 24) lack basic reading and writing skills; 61 per cent of them are young women. (MDG Report 2013).
This situation can and must be changed. Together, the 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide can help raise awareness and ensure that every girl has the right to learning so she fulfils her potential.
World Thinking Day is a way for girls and young women to learn about life for their peers in other countries and to explore the Girl Guide and Girl Scout experience across the globe. For WTD 2014, we have now confirmed the five focus countries – Egypt, Bangladesh, Armenia, St Vincent and Grenadines, and Benin.
With the money you donate to the WTD Fund, WAGGGS will provide grants to the focus countries to take action on MDG 2 in 2014. The WTD Fund also helps girls’ voices to be heard globally, delivers leadership training to young women and gives support for Girl Guide and Girl Scout organizations around the world.
- Download the WTD activity pack for activities and fundraising ideas, available soon!
- Purchase the WTD badge now, which accompanies the activity pack, or WTD pins – proceeds from sales go towards the WTD Fund www.wagggs-shop.org
- Fundraise for the WTD Fund; check out ideas in the activity pack and the WTD website
- Take the WTD e-learning course on GLOW, available in 2014
- Join our advocacy campaign, launching in 2014
- Attend a WTD event at a World Centre as an independent guest or with a group
- Download the new WAGGGS’ handbook on non-formal education, available in February 2014