GAT Badge

GAT poverty badgeWAGGGS’ Global Action Theme (GAT) is girls worldwide say “together we can change our world” which focuses on the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to end extreme poverty by 2015. The theme encourages girls, young women and members of all ages to make a personal commitment to change the world around them.

The GAT Badge is an activity pack with over 100 exciting and informative activities. To earn a badge, complete six, eight or twelve activities. You can purchase fabric badges from Our Shop.

Age range: 5 years to 24 years

Examples of activities:

  • Make up this home-made recipe for oral rehydration solution, which is given to children suffering from dehydration, and give a small amount to the rest of the group to taste: Mix 1 teaspoon of salt, 8 teaspoons of sugar and 1 litre of clean water together until the salt and sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Monitor the amount of packaging that comes into your home in one week. Count how many types of packaging and what materials it is made from. How much of this packaging can be recycled? What can be done to reduce the amount of packaging? Discuss with your group ways to improve the situation.

Sample facts about education and empowerment of girls and women

Education is really important to help deal with poverty. When people have the chance to learn basic life and literacy skills, economies grow faster and poverty rates go down. When people go to school, they are able to eventually earn more money and support their families.

The goal of gender equality and the empowerment of women is a cross-cutting issue important to the achievement of all the MDGs. For example, in many African countries, women aged 15-49 are 50% more likely to be infected with HIV than men of the same age.

Find out more about the Global Action Theme (GAT).

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Suggestions: If you have completed this badge, why not the Food Security and Climate Change Challenge Badge?

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Sumaiya Islam - 11 September 2014 - 4.36PM (GMT)

I am a Ranger MEMBER Bangladesh National Ranger council.... I like This Theme..... It's much interesting and great also. This thought give us A great opportunity to United nation... Give a strength to Girls' guide

Mary - 20 November 2013 - 11.59AM (GMT)

our troop raised awareness and funds for the disaster in the Philippines at our school. What badge or patch do you recommend for the girls? Would GAT work or the GS Global action. We are a troop in Unied States

SHINYOUNG KANG - 11 May 2013 - 6.54AM (GMT)

방문하게 되어서 기뻐요!!
Forever girlguides!

Sharu - 7 October 2012 - 11.23AM (GMT)

these activities are amazing.

mia - 12 May 2012 - 10.04AM (GMT)

what can i or my guide unit do to help achive the mdg's

Mel Meesam - 29 January 2012 - 9.29PM (GMT)

My group of 7-10 year Brownies in the UK are incrediably enhusiastic about the activities and are enjoying them very much! It is so good to see them wanting to change the world, and getting school friends, families and others involved in doing the activities

alia aljandal - 7 January 2010 - 7.53AM (GMT)

I am so proud of all those amazing bees called guides they are working towards there own lovely future with no hesitation.. the whole world is celebrating like a big strong wave made of young leaders who will strike the nations with there briliant ideas :)

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