Number of Girl Guides in 2017
I promise that I will do my best: To do my duty to God, To serve the Queen and my country and other people, and To keep the Guide Law.
Malawi Guide Law
- A Guide is loyal and can be trusted
- A Guide is helpful
- A Guide is polite and considerate
- A Guide is friendly and a sister to all Guides
- A Guide is kind to animals and respects all living things
- A Guide is obedient
- A Guide has courage and is cheerful in all difficulties
- A Guide makes good use of her time
- A Guide takes care of her own possessions and those of other people
- A Guide is self-controlled in all she thinks, says and does
Development of the movement
Guiding began in Malawi in 1924 when the first Brownie, Guide, and Ranger units were registered in Zomba the then capital of Malawi. However Guiding was banned for a time and it was not until 1995 that the state president lifted the ban following discussions with the Kenya Girl Guides Association. The first training was held in 1997 in Blantyr, Lilongwe (the new capital) and Mzuzu where 46 Guiders enrolled. After these training courses, small units opened in a few schools in the Northern, central and Southern regions of Malawi. An interim Committee was elected with the aim of organising the Guiding activities and a National Executive Committee was elected in 2000. This has 17 members. This development was supervised by the Ministry of Gender Youth Community Services and the National Youth Council of Malawi. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology also assists the Associations by allowing teachers and pupils to become members and participate in various activities.