I want Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to be everywhere, not just 10 million. Every girl deserves to feel this strong
What is the Olave Award theme for this triennium?
“REAL experience for more girls”
As WAGGGS’ 2015-2017 theme is Connect – Grow – Impact, we would like you to imagine a world where more girls and young women can connect with each other through Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting, grow in confidence, resilience and life skills, make a difference in their communities and build the world they want to see.
Around the world, girls and young women face barriers to all types of quality education. Our vision calls for a world where “all girls are valued”. How can we make sure that the life changing non-formal educational experiences of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting are truly accessible to all girls in our communities?
For the Olave Award 2017, we want to celebrate Girl Guide and Girl Scout groups that are growing the Movement by reaching out to girls and young women in their communities who don’t otherwise have access to Girl Guiding & Girl Scouting.
So how will winning Olave Award projects make a difference?
This will happen by:
- Making Girl Guide and Girl Scout experiences more inclusive and accessible to all girls
- Breaking down barriers that stop girls from different backgrounds or with different needs taking part fully in Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting activities
- Creating innovative and flexible Girl Guide and Girl Scout experiences that enable more girls to take part
- Experiencing the full diversity of their community and taking action to ensure Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting meets the needs of the full community and lives the values of inclusivity and citizenship
- Taking action to welcome girls into membership who would not otherwise have joined Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting
- Ensuring that the experiences offered to young people are REAL (relevant, exciting, accessible and learner-led) and meet their needs in a modern world.
Who can take part?
The Award is open to Girl Guide and Girl Scout groups/units/troops that plan and carry out a project based on the theme. Each Member Organization can select up to three groups to submit for consideration. Please do not submit projects that have been submitted before.
How are projects evaluated?
Group projects can be of any length, of any size, and focus on any community group. They will be evaluated according to six criteria:
- Relevance: Did the project address this year's Olave Award theme, and bring REAL experiences to reach girls and young women in marginalized communities, or who would not otherwise have accessed Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting?
- Innovation: Did the group find new and creative ways to bring change?
- Effectiveness: How far did the project meet or exceed its objectives? How many young people did the project reach?
- Impact: What has the project meant for the people it reached? How far has the group made a real difference in their community?
- Sustainability: How far has the project been planned to bring lasting change? Will it have lasting impact, or grow over time?
- Group engagement: How far did the girls and young women in the group take the lead in planning and running the project? Was it a girl led initiative? Did leaders play a supporting or mentoring role?
Judging Process and Winners: Award winners will be selected by a panel of judges that represent all five regions of WAGGGS and will be announced at the 36th World Conference in 2017.