Bangladesh Girl Guides Association
Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting introduced: 1928. Founder Member of WAGGGS
Number of Girl Guides/Girl Scouts: 93323 (31/12/2012)
Status: Full Member
Admits boys: No
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Girl Guide Promise
On my honour, I promise that I will do my best:
1 To do my duty to God, and my country.
2 To help other people at all times.
3 To obey the Guide Laws.
I promise to do my best:
1 To do my duty to God and my country.
2 To help other people every day especially those at home.
Girl Guide Law
1 A Guide’s honour is to be trusted.
2 A Guide is loyal.
3 A Guide’s duty is to be useful and to help others.
4 A Guide is a friend and a sister to every other Guide.
5 A Guide is courteous.
6 A Guide is a friend to animals.
7 A Guide obeys orders.
8 A Guide faces all Challenges with smiles.
9 A Guide is thrifty.
10 A Guide is pure in thought, word and deed.
1 The Yellowbird gives in to the older folk.
2 The Yellowbird does not give in to herself.
Ranger 16 - 24
Guide 10 - 16
Yellowbird 6 - 10
Development of the movement:
Since 1928 Girl Guides have been active in the area which is now Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Girl Guides Association was welcomed as a separate member of WAGGGS in 1973 and is now the country’s largest national organization, offering leadership training to girls and young women.
In addition, Guiding has been incorporated into the student curriculum at the college of physical education and at the institute for primary teachers’ training, and every year more than 80 young women participate in training. Guiding is also an integral part of the secondary school curriculum for girls.
Bangladesh Girl Guides Association uses an eight-point programme in all three branches under the headings: mind, character, physical fitness, outdoor enjoyment, relationships with people, creativity, readiness to help others and homecraft skills. The aim is to develop the full potential of each girl, and encourage her to actively participate in the life of her community.
Relationship to society:
Members of the Association are involved in many types of service including adult education, planting trees, digging canals, running campaigns to grow more food, launching nutrition projects, and farming fish and poultry. Rangers are involved in community development in rural villages where they help to administer injections, distribute medicine, run courses on hygiene and family life education, and conduct surveys in slum areas.
Members give service, for example distributing relief materials and medicines, during and after natural disasters, sometimes in co-operation with other organizations. A special Guides Relief Fund was established after the floods and cyclone of 1988.
Bangladesh Girl Guides Association is well known for its youth welfare work and runs a literacy project for the children of low-income families. The school has a special class for children with mental disabilities, and members organize social activities and sports days for the children. Bangladesh also operates a child day-care centre and a home for vagrant girls and orphans in Dhaka. The home was established to minimize the problem of vagrancy and to encourage the girls to be useful members of the community by offering them vocational skills training to help them achieve self-sufficiency. In addition to formal education, the girls are instructed in social skills and encouraged to take part in leisure activities.
Communication and Co-operation
Bangladesh Girl Guides Association encourages its members to take part in international events whenever possible.
Bangladesh is twinned with Guides Australia Incorporated, on the Bangladesh-Australia Child Health project. It also works in co-operation with other national Girl Guide/Girl Scout organizations, receiving support for such projects as its home for vagrant children.
The Association liases with the government, and with national and international non-governmental organizations involved in work with children, young people and women. Activities include workshops, seminars and combined rallies and festivals. The Association makes every effort to observe United Nations designated years.
Guiding in Bangladesh is well received by the authorities and the public. The Association organizes radio and television programmes for each age group, and Guides take part in cultural evenings of dance, music and drama to promote contact between members of the
Movement and the public. The Association has produced a film show on Guiding in Bangladesh. Posters and banners on Guiding are featured on public display, and the Association also publishes a quarterly periodical, Sangbad Bichitra.
In order to extend Guiding to every part of the country, the Association has trained 24 junior trainers to spread Guiding to villages under the leadership of the district commissioners. Training is also carried out at the Association’s National Training Centre in Dhaka for leaders from remote villages.
The Association organizes many training courses on specialized subjects including block and batik print, sewing, karate, cutting vegetables, making and arranging artificial flowers. Training camps for Patrol Leaders and adults are arranged as part of the camping programme.
Outdoor and Environmental Activities
District and regional camps are held each year and national camps every two years, while special camps are organized for underprivileged Guides and for members of shelter homes.
The Association is involved in regular tree-planting projects in co-operation with the Bangladesh Forestry Department. In the summer, Guides throughout the country organize programmes to plant and maintain trees at school premises, at roadsides, and in villages.