, Assistant Manager - Market Development, Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) / Committee Member of Asia Pacific Region - 2007-2013
at Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) / World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)
May 2013Asia Pacific Region to Achieve FourMillion Members by 2020At the annual Asia Pacific RegionalCommittee meeting held in Phnom Penh,Cambodia from 2 to 8 March 2013, theCommittee set a new membership target in theRegion. This was after having achieved thetarget of approximately three million membersin the triennium of 2012-2014, two yearsahead of schedule. The new membershiptarget of four million members is tied in withthe Asia Pacific Regional MembershipDevelopment Strategy which sets the directionof the Region until 2020.The Asia Pacific Region has seen acontinuous membership increase since 2009.Total membership has grown from 2.6 millionmembers in 2009 to 2.9 million in 2011, thelatest being almost 3.07 million members in2012. The membership increase was due tothe concerted efforts of all MemberOrganizations in the Asia Pacific Region andthe Asia Pacific Regional Committee.One of the actions under the Asia PacificOperational Plan 2012-2014 is to recognizeMember Organizations which achieve anincrease in membership by 2% or more inthree years. Recent Member Organizationreports showed that 18 out of the 25 MemberOrganizations in the Region achieved this andthe 18 Member Organizations will bepresented with certificates of recognition at the11thAsia Pacific Regional Conference inTokyo, Japan this June.During the meeting, the Asia Pacific RegionalCommittee also discussed various ways toenhance support to the Member Organizationsand to strengthen the growth and developmentof the Region, with great focus on the AsiaPacific Regional Membership DevelopmentStrategy. The Strategy will be discussed withMember Organizations during the 11thAsiaPacific Regional Conference. It consists of sixregional strategic priorities:1. Strengthen the skills of adultmembers.2. Deliver attractive and qualityprogrammes.3. Retain and grow membership andmarket share.4. Build strong structures andorganizational systems.5. Expand and diversify funding inMember Organizations and the AsiaPacific Region,6. Enhance the image and awareness ofGirl Guiding/Girl Scouting
2May 2013Flag for the Future Arctic Competition Winner from Malaysia Chosen by Vivienne WestwoodDame Vivienne Westwood, the world renowned fashion designer, selected the winning flagdesign on 8 March 2013 in London. This design will be planted on the seabed at the North Pole inApril 2013, closing the global competition run by WAGGGS and Greenpeace as part of Greenpeace’scampaign to Save the Arctic.The contest inspired youth from around the world to create a flag that would symbolize peace, hopeand global community, as a statement of the commitment of millions of people who have signed apetition to protect the Arctic from oil drilling and overfishing. The contest ran for three months andinspired designs from young people from 54 countries.The winning design was submitted by Sarah Bartrisyia, a 13-year-oldGirl Guide from Malaysia, whose winning entry featured seven brightlycoloured doves and an Arctic starflower. The seven doves, she said,represented each of the seven continents; each carrying an olive branchwhich when brought together formed a laurel wreath, a symbol of Arcticprotection.Shi Yun Lim, aged 13, of Singapore was a runner-up in the competition, which means her flag willalso be going to the Arctic. “I may live in a hot place, but I know the polar ice is very importantbecause it keeps the whole planet cool. If that ice melts, the earth will heat up even more and smallislands like Singapore will suffer because the sea level will rise.”Shi Yun also knows there are solutions to this problem: “Our world leaders should know that we needto stop using dirty fossil fuel – there are lots of different kinds of energy that we can use, like windpower.”Sarah’s winning design will be produced as a titanium flag to be planted at the North Pole, fourkilometres beneath the ice, and put on the seabed in a time capsule containing the signatures ofmillions of Arctic defenders. At the moment, no single country owns the international waters aroundthe North Pole, but as climate change causes the sea ice to melt, countries and companies aremoving in to exploit the resources including oil and fish in the Arctic Ocean.Sarah’s winning design covered three key areas:1. Hope - The doves are painted with the seven rainbow colours (red, orange, yellow, green,blue, indigo and violet). Rainbow symbolizes hope for the Arctic. The shape in the centre istaken from a seven-petaled flower aptly called Arctic starflower (Trientalis europea) whichgrows in the northern climate. It is categorized as an endangered plant in some places. Thestar is the symbol for hope.2. Peace - The doves carrying olive branches signifies the world living in peace and harmony.3. Global Community - The white circle in the middle of the flag represents the Arctic Circle. Theseven doves carrying olive branches form a laurel wreath (headgear). It represents a united"Arctic Defenders" from the seven continents under Greenpeace flagship. The blue areasoutside the circle are icebergs floating freely which signifies the threats such as globalwarming, over-fishing, oil drilling and conflict between countries."The creativity of young people is one of the most powerful tools we have to build a better world. Thewinning flag for the future is a fantastic representation of peace, hope and global community, and I amproud that it’s on the way to the North Pole,” said Dame Westwood.The judging panel included two Canadian Northern Indigenous artists, Hilary Tam (Chinese/CanadianTV presenter), and 15-year-old Aishah Morshed, a Girl Guide from Ireland. Sarah notes on receivingher award “As a member of Girl Guides Association Malaysia, I feel very happy and honoured to bepart of the Greenpeace and WAGGGS’ effort to Save the Arctic and the historic flag ceremony. I wish
3May 2013to thank Greenpeace and WAGGGS for this once in a lifetime opportunity. We need to protect theArctic because it is the home of many indigenous peoples and many animal species. It should bedeclared a global sanctuary.I found out about the competition during my Environmental Journey in India visit last December toSangam. After looking at a photo of the two brave Girl Guides taken in the Arctic, I decided to do mylittle part by participating and supporting the campaign to Save the Arctic. This is a golden opportunityfor me to send the message of hope and peace to the rest of the world.I named my flag “Star Artica” or “Arctic Star” which means hope not only for the Arctic but the wholeworld. We can only save the Arctic for the future generations if we are united in peace and harmony.The Arctic is one of the last pristine places on earth, home to more than four million people as well asunique animals found nowhere else on the planet. Greenpeace is working with youth organizationslike WAGGGS to ensure that this precious region is protected for generations to come.”World Thinking Day 2013Thinking Day 2013 Celebrations by Yeppoon Queensland AustraliaMembers of Keppel Coast District GirlGuides, Boy Scouts, families and friends wereinvited to Thinking Day activities which beganwith a bushwalk to the peak of Kemp BeachNational Park. There was lots of laughter andstories about the view or the climb on thereturn to the site of the ceremony whichincluded recalling the journey from thebeginnings of Girl Guiding and Girl Scoutingover 100 years ago.There was such a feeling of the Baden-Powellspirit as the flag bearers proudly presentedtheir flags to the eager crowd and a verypoignant moment when Trish Brown made herpromise as a Girl Guide Leader with theTropical Pearl Girl Guide Unit.The story of the Beaded Necklace was read asGirl Guides and Girl Scouts came forward withcardboard beads relating to passages in thestory. Soon the circle became involved inbeads, strengthening bonds as eachdifferently-coloured bead was added,symbolizing the strength in diversity. This storywas adapted from the Canadian Girl Guidewebsite.“Hey,Hey Hey it’s Thinking Day” was sungwhile Girl Guides collected donations for theThinking Day Fund, which helps support GirlGuiding in Ireland, Jordan, Malawi, Pakistanand Venezuela.The Region’s International Consultant shareda display of World Thinking Day post cards,highlighting benefits for all members to beinvolved in World Thinking Day activities eachyear. Contacts were made with four of the fiveWorld Regions, and a letter was read from anEnglish Girl Guide Unit who in turn, enclosed aletter theyhad receivedfrom theAfricaRegion.Through thepost cardexchange,Girl Guideslearnt about cultures, food, badges, gamesand programme ideas from other countries.The day was capped off with a hugehomemade birthday cake provided by amember of the local Support Group. Thewhole area could hear the Girl Guides singinghappy birthday as the cake was cut. What afitting ending to a great day of celebration!
4May 2013World Thinking Day and Let Us Share 2013Carnival Celebrated by the Hong Kong GirlGuides AssociationThe HongKong GirlGuidesAssociationheld “WorldThinking Dayand Let UsShare 2013”Carnival on 2March 2013 at Discovery Park, a popularshopping mall in the New Territories. “Let UsShare” is a programme for delegates ofInternational Exchange Activities to share theirinsights and experiences learned.They combined the World Thinking DayCeremony and “Let US Share” together topromote the image and visibility of Girl Guidingin Hong Kong, and allow Girl Guides and thepublic to understand the characteristics of GirlGuiding such as international exposure andinternational friendship. The carnival includedWorld Thinking Day ceremony, booths forsharing from overseas delegations, promotionof WAGGGS, and membership recruitment.Over 700 participants joined the event.Pax Lodge World Thinking DayCelebrationsAmy Graham, Programme Coordinator-:Events at Pax Lodge, gave an idea of whatWorld Thinking Day was like at the LondonWorld Centre: “World Thinking Day at PaxLodge is always a big event and this year wasno exception.Over the weekend, Pax Lodge opened itsdoors to over 200 Girl Guides and Girl Scoutswho were given the chance to explore thebuilding by following a trail of activities puttogether by the international team of staff andvolunteers.Pax Lodge’s Thinking Day celebrations startedon the afternoon of Friday 22 February asstaff, volunteers and guests gathered togetherto attend the Evensong service at WestminsterAbbey. After the service they were able to visitthe memorial in the Abbey for Lord and LadyBaden-Powell and take time to reflect on whywe celebrate World Thinking Day. With GirlScouts from the USA and Norway present,along with the diversity of the staff, the feelingof international togetherness was strong. Itwas a chance to celebrate the Girl Guidingand Girl Scouting glue that holds us alltogether and focus on what we could do tomake the world a better place not just forourselves, but for all the mothers and childrenaround the globe – as was the theme for thisyear’s World Thinking Day celebrations. It wasa calm and quiet reflection with friends – verydifferent from the craziness that was about tocome!Over every World Thinking Day weekend, asper tradition, there are open days whereguests pick a morning or afternoon slot to visit.This year was no different. When the guestsarrived, they were greeted by an enthusiasticreception team armed with colouredwristbands. These wristbands split the troopsand units up into groups and determined theroute they took around the building. Awonderful collection of the Friends of PaxLodge held a fete in the dining room and oneby one the groups were taken out to start theiradventure. Every single possible area of PaxLodge was taken over by a different memberof the staff and volunteer team who was readyand waiting to share a song, dance, game orcraft from their country. There were also‘MDG’ stations with activities on theMillennium Development Goal themes for thatyear. Each participant had a passport whichthey filled with flags from each of the countriesand they also received a special Pax Lodgepin.The evenings were again a chance to forgetthe boundaries between people as everyonesang songs at a campfire and played games.Everyone knew the songs and games in oneform or another, and were willing to learn, andthis again showed the beauty of ourmovement; bringing us together in ways wenever would have imagined possible. All inall, World Thinking Day 2013 at Pax Lodgewas a truly magical experience and despitethe hard work and long hours, everyone cameout feeling like itwas their bestThinking Dayyet.”
5May 2013Bharat Scouts and Guides Project GivesSupport to Tsunami Affected ChildrenThe Bharat Scouts & Guides organized ayear long project “Support to Tsunami affectedchildren project- Food, Education and Clothingfor all”, for 1,000 Tsunami affected childrenaged 5 to 15 years at the Krishna District,AndhraPradeshwithsupport bytheWAGGGSTsunamiReliefFund. Theproject started on 22 February 2012 andconcluded on 22 February 2013.The objectives of the project were: To equip ten schools by providing teachingaids and educational materials; To improve the learning environment inTsunami affected areas by involving 1,000children in curriculum and extra–curricularactivities within the Girl Guiding/GirlScouting spirit and encouraging theparticipation of parents and other activecommunity members in school; and To open Scouts/Girl Guide units in thelocality.The philosophy of the project was that everyhuman being is a unique individual and thatwe all have a right to good health, educationand basic needs, all of which, the children lostat the time of the tsunami in 2004.The achievements of the project include thefollowing: Eight schools affected by the Tsunami havereopened; Children of 586 families received education; 13 new schools opened Girl Guide/GirlScout Units; Thinking Day materials were distributed tothe children; First Aid boxes were given to the 13schools; Eight children almost overcame leprosydiseases through annual medical treatment; Five parents received treatment fortuberculosis.The project started with a village surveyparticipated in by 1,515 families. The surveycovered all the affected areas of Campbelpet,S.N.Gollpalen, Giripuram, Pallitunnalapalem,Polatitippa, Kunuru, KPT Palen, andMalakayalanka of the Krishna District.After the survey, the Girl Guides/Girl Scoutsidentified the affected families and theirchildren who have suffered from poverty,illness and illiteracy. The Girl Guides and GirlScouts arranged to meet the parents tomotivate them to send their children to theschools.On 15 August 2012 (Independence Day ofIndia) a health checkup camp was organizedwhere around 1,300 children and their parentswere seen by 15 specialist doctors whoprovided their services voluntarily. The localhospital and health care center workedtogether with the Bharat Scouts and Guides.From that dayonward, theHealth CheckupCamp continuedevery secondSaturday of themonth.Necessarymedicines were provided to the patients bylocal health care center.The Girl Guides and Girl Scouts also startedcompany meetings and troop meetings forthose who attended school. During thesemeetings, they learnt Girl Guide and Scoutskills. Regular Girl Guide/Girl Scout classeswere conducted by the Unit leaders tomotivate the children towards school andguide them in proper manner. 13 schoolsregistered with the Bharat Scouts and Guidesduring this period.On 22 February 2013, with the celebration ofThinking Day, a sports day was organized forthe Tsunami affected school children whowere already Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.Around 1,250 girls and boys and their teachersparticipated in different games and sports.Invited guests included Shri G. Surya PrakashRao- I.P.S., D.I.G. of Police, Shri RaoGarlanding, Shri Aroop Sarkar, AssistantDirector and Project Coordinator. Local media
6May 2013and newspapers gave extensive coverage ofthe programme. The project continues with thehelp of local people, health care centre andbonafide Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Theproject was coordinated by Shri Aroop Sarkar,Assistant Director, Bharat Scouts & Guides.Pakistan RunsFirst Aid andRescueTrainingsAnumber of FirstAid and Rescuetrainings wereorganized by Pakistan Girl Guides AssociationPunjab at Lahore, Sahiwal, Faisalabad, Jhangand Gujranwala with the collaboration ofRescue 1122 and the Pakistan Red CrescentSociety. The representatives of theseorganizations trained Girl Guides, Senior GirlGuides and Guiders in handling the injuriesand emergency situations, providing first aidand to treat the bleeding, fractures and viralinfections. They were also trained to makestretchers and first aid boxes with limitedresources. Lectures on Mother Health andChild Mortality were also part of thesetrainings in which trainers learned how toprevent a new born inheriting differentdiseases from her infected mother at the timeof birth.Bangladesh Runs Training of TrainersOn 10 February 2013, a full day trainingwas conducted by the Bangladesh Girl GuidesAssociation at their headquarters. The trainingwas run by Catherine Heath Chiu from theHong Kong Girl Guides Association. Catherineis also a member of the Asia Pacific trainingResource Pool and a certified WLDP trainer ofWAGGGS.13 trainers from regions across BangladeshGirl Guides Association, 25 National ExecutiveMembers and 12 office members of theassociation participated in the training. Thetraining focused on different techniques ofinnovative training, new methods to introduceoneself by identifying strengths, how to identifythe needs of the girls and prioritize thoseneeds, learning by doing, and lastly how tomotivate someone to achieve goals.The association is very grateful to Cathy whospent a full day with the members of theassociation during her annual holiday inBangladesh. The Bangladesh Girl GuidesAssociation is also grateful to the Asia PacificRegional Committee for arranging the trainingfor their association.Bharat Guides and Scouts Hold State LevelExecutives MeetingThe Bharat Guides and Scouts State LevelExecutives namely State Secretaries, JointState Secretaries, State OrganizingCommissioners and State TrainingCommissioners gathered at their NationalHeadquarters, New Delhi, India to evaluatelast year’s performance and to formulate thetimetable of next year’s events. The meetingwas held from 26 to 28 February and theoutcome was ratified at the National LevelPlanning Committee Meeting on 1 March2013.The meeting started with a formal inaugurationwhere Chief Commissioners of both wingswere recognized. Top professionals of theNational Headquarters facilitated the meeting.Fruitful interactions were held on differenttopics such as the state profile, strategies,communications, and regional events. At theend of the meeting the recommendations were
7May 2013presented to the National Commissioner forfurther action and follow through.New Zealand Rangers Looking Forward totheir January 2014 Event, F14MERangers in New Zealand are alreadylooking forward to hosting their own event inJanuary 2014. Called F14ME or Flame, theevent will be held near Auckland, NewZealand’s largest city. A girl consultationgroup has been set up to ensure eventactivities are pitched at the right level andleaders with specialist expertise have beenasked whether they would like to lead a two tothree day activity offsite.F14ME will be held from Saturday 4 Januaryto Saturday 11 January 2014 at WesleyCollege inPukekohe, southof Auckland.Rangers from allover the worldare invited to jointhe New Zealandgirls for this funmid-summerevent.For more information firstname.lastname@example.org or visit GirlGuidingNew Zealand’s websitewww.girlguidingnz.org.nz.Girl Scouts of Japan: Dont Look Down onthe Power of Canned Tuna!Canned tuna is by far Japans number onetop seller among canned goods.Amazing skills to maximize the use of cannedtuna were introduced on a popular Japanesemorning information television programme.The Girl Scouts of Japan (GSJ) was invited toappear on the programme. GSJ introduced away of using canned tuna that would be usefulin the event of a disaster. By using the oil inthe can, if you make a hole in the can (with thetuna stillinside) and set light to it, you can use it as alamp in the event of a power failure.A Girl Scouttrainer who hasbeen teachingGirl Scouts howto respond todisasters sincethe Great EastJapanEarthquake inMarch 2011,went on TV andshowed viewershow to do it. Shedemonstrated how to insert a wick made fromtissue paper into a hole in the can and showedhow the flame burned for more than an hour.She conveyed how ingenuity in times ofemergency is what Girl Scouts "Be Prepared"is all about.Girl Guiding New Zealand Helping Out inthe CommunityPippins, Brownies, Girl Guides andRangers helped out in communities throughoutNew Zealand during last year’s inaugural GirlGuide Action Month. The annual Action Monthruns during May and June each year andprovides the girls the opportunity to take partin communityservice and tohelp otherswithin their localareas. GirlGuide ActionMonth not onlyhelpscommunities butalso strengthens and heightens GirlGuidingNew Zealand’s profile and visibility.“Although our girls are always out and about inthe community, it was a great opportunity tofocus on helping others in a concentrated wayfor a month,” said Sonia Faulkner, GirlGuidingNew Zealand’s National President. “It is also achance to be involved with other local groupsand services.”Community work undertaken during Girl GuideAction Month included collecting money for thelocal hospice, food for the SPCA and booksand toys for doctors’ surgeries along withvisiting retirement homes in their area. In NewPlymouth, Pippins aged five and six raised
8May 2013money for the Kiwi – New Zealand’s nativespecies of flightless birds - on Mt Egmont bypicking and selling feijoas and making craftsand cards. Girl Guides in the Manawatucontinued their community work in the regionby doing a HeartStopper Challenge with teamsdressed in Girl Guiding clothes from differenteras jumping into pools of icy water – in themiddle of winter! All the money raised went tothe @Heart cause for children with heartissues.Girl Guide Action Month also fits in with thegoals of the organization that focus onleadership development, communityengagement and their mission to enable girlsand young women to develop their fullestpotential as responsible citizens of the world.“Girl Guide Action Month is also a great way topromote GirlGuiding New Zealand throughoutthe country and the way we help girls developskills and confidence,” said Sonia Faulkner.This year, girls will be out and about fromSaturday 4 May to Monday 3 June 2013,Queen’s Birthday Weekend.Microsoft Supports Sri Lanka Girl Guidesto Strengthen Rural Girl GuidingMicrosoft donated $5,284 in Microsoftsoftware to Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association(SLGGA) in support of a project to strengthencommunication between the SLGGA and theirmembers in the rural areas of Sri Lanka. Theproject will enable Sri Lanka Girl Guides toenhance programmes at the grassroots level,especially in the rural areas. SLGGA hasmany community development programmesincluding those related to the empowerment ofwomen and wellbeing of the girl child.Said Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director,Microsoft Citizenship and Public Affairs noted“At Microsoft, we believe technology can doamazing things. That’s why we partner withthousands of organizations around the worldto help each one achieve its mission. “Among the objectives of the project are toconvey messages from headquarters todistricts and provinces, bridge the sisterhoodand to meet Girl Guides in the rural areas, linkrural Girl Guide companies with Girl Guidecompanies in other areas, develop life skills ofthe Girl Guides and share knowledge with GirlGuides and youths.The first step of the project was the launch ofthe programme during World Thinking Day thisyear through Skype calls with Girl Guides/GirlScouts locally and overseas.The first overseas call was with Alba from ElSalvador. Several other countries alsoparticipated, including Cambodia andMalaysia. Girl Guides and Little Friends ofSLGGA were very excited to have theopportunity to meet Girl Guides/Girl Scoutsfrom other countries online, especially onWorld Thinking Day.Thailand Receives Letter of Commendationfrom Former President United NationsWomen’s Guild GenevaThe Girl Guides (Girl Scouts) Association ofThailand (GGAT), has received acomplimentary letter from Mrs. Yvonne Ismail-Urfer, the former President United NationsWomen’s Guild Geneva, for GGAT Chiang Mairegarding the Chern Bampen Campsite atMaejo, Chiang Mai. High praise was given tothe Chairperson, Miss Utai Isro, for thebeautiful buildings and landscape, as well asGGATChiang Maicapability toorganize acamp for 400girls.
9May 2013Her Majesty the Queen of BruneiDarussalam Donates USD20,000 tothe Asia Pacific RegionHer Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran AnakHajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum PengiranPemancha Pengiran Anak Haji MohamedAlam, Patron of the Girl Guides Association ofBrunei Darussalam (GGABD), consented toreceive in audience Low Lih Jeng, Chairmanof the WAGGGS Asia Pacific RegionalCommittee and Ching Ching Wee-Ong,Regional Director of Asia Pacific Region on 2February2013. Theaudience tookplace atIstana NurulIman in theafternoon.Also presentwas HerRoyal Highness Princess Hajah RashidahSaadatul Bolkiah, as the President of the GirlGuides Association of Brunei Darussalam.The Asia Pacific Regional Team wasaccompanied by GGABD’S ChiefCommissioner, Hajah Siti Hafsah binti HajiAbdul Halim, Deputy Chief Commissioner,Hajah Viviyanti binti Haji Ali and the HonorarySecretary, Aida binti Haji Abdul Rahman.The royal audience was granted during theAsia Pacific Team’s Partnership visit toGGABD held from 31 January to 3 February2013. In the one-hour audience, the AsiaPacific Regional team thanked Her Majesty forher support for GGABD and previousdonations to the Asia Pacific Region. Theyalso shared with Her Majesty the activities ofthe Asia Pacific Region, WAGGGS initiativesand GGABD’s progress and initiatives for2013-2016.After the audience, the Asia Pacific Teamreceived a donation of USD 20,000 from HerMajesty to the Friends of Asia PacificWAGGGS (FAPW). Her Majesty has been aMajor Donor of the FAPW since 2011.Low Lih Jeng, Chairman of the Asia PacificRegional Committee said “The Asia PacificRegion is deeply honoured by Her Majesty’ssupport for our work and that Her Majestyshares our vision to develop girls and youngwomen to their fullest potential to becomeresponsible citizens of the world. We areinspired by Her Majesty’s continued supportfor the Girl Guides Association of BruneiDarussalam in their work to develop the girlsand young women of Brunei Darussalam intoleaders with confidence, character andcourage to serve their community, theircountry and the world.”During the visit to Brunei Darussalam, the AsiaPacific Regional Team also attended afundraising dinner organized by the Friends ofAsia Pacific WAGGGS Brunei Darussalamwhich raised donations amounting to GBP1,500. The dinner was graced by the DeputyMinister of Culture, Youth and Sports of BruneiDarussalam, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina bintiOthman.The Partnership visit to Girl GuidesAssociation of Brunei Darussalam providedopportunities for the Asia Pacific RegionalTeam to have working meetings with theExecutive Committee of GGABD andinteracted with both girl and adult members.The Asia Pacific Regional Team also had thehonour to plant a tree in the Asia PacificGarden in the compound of GGABD.Links to media articles/videohttp://www.rtbnews.rtb.gov.bn/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7904:dinner-reception&catid=34:local&Itemid=66http://www.brudirect.com/index.php/Local-News/the-girl-guides-association-of-brunei-darussalam-hosts-dinner.htmlhttp://www.bt.com.bn/news-national/2013/02/02/brunei-girl-guides-membership-driveNepal Scouts Revisits Strategic Plan toAchieve Membership Target of 60,000 in2020WAGGGS Asia Pacific Region workedhand in hand with the World Organization of
10May 2013the Scout Movement- Asia Pacific Region(WOSM-APR) in order to help Nepal Scoutsachieve a membership of 60,000 by 2020.This goal was shared by 49 participantsrepresenting 35 districts who attended theNational Strategic Plan Review at the NepalScouts National Headquarters from 16 to 20January 2013.Dr. Abdul Rahim Mikarani, Hon. Member ofNational Planning Commission, opened theworkshop on 16 January, with Mr. HariPrasad, Secretary of Youth and SportsMinistry, as a special guest at the openingceremony. Shree Ram Lamichhanne, ChiefCommissioner welcomed the participants andguests from abroad and gave an overview ofthe achievements of Nepal Scouts over thepast three years.Among the notable achievements are increasein membership of Nepal Scouts; support ofcore government personalities to Scoutingresulting in a grant of 2.5 million for the currentfinancial year; inclusion in the Sports Ministrybudget the construction of one to two trainingcentres; and renovation of existingheadquarter buildings. Other notableachievements are the regular publication anduploading of Scouting bulletins, newspapers,and events on the website; and the improvedon-line communication exchanges with 30districts. This includes the dissemination ofinformation for upcoming events, and theresults are apparent with the effectivemobilization and success of recent eventssuch as the Youth Forum and various training.Normala Baharudin, Vice Chairman, AsiaPacific Committee and Katheri Ann Charcos-Puyo, Development Executive, Asia PacificRegion represented WAGGGS at this event.Both are proud to note the active participationof women leaders in the event and challengedthem further to do more for the girls and youngwomen in Nepal.Achala Thapa, Lalitpur District ExecutiveMember and Unit Leader of the Vajra ScoutTroop, shared her experience:“After 20 years of teaching Science insecondary and higher secondary studentsaged 14 to 18, I changed my profession toPrincipal for primary school students (3+ to 10years) five years ago. As the school upgradedone class per year, I felt a strong need forScouting to be introduced to my students asthey play a vital role in society. I thought ofintroducing Scouting will help the children to bephysically, socially, intellectually, emotionallyand spiritually developed and have strongcharacter. Also, Scouting gives them theopportunity to learn and practice leadership,team work, unity, improve self-confidence,reliability, trustworthiness, responsibility,readiness and other characters of a modelhuman being.Today, Nepal Scouts asked me to be afacilitator in the National Strategic PlanningReview Workshop for 2013. It has made mevery proud at being the part of the workshopnot only as a group facilitator but asrepresentative of the women and girls of Nepal.Through this workshop, I gained skills and feltmore confident not only in my professional lifebut also encouraged me to be more responsiblein working with Nepal Scouts in order to moveits growth forward.“New Zealand Finds New Ways to IncludeEvery GirlThe determination of GirlGuiding NewZealand (NZ) that every girl in the country bepart of theorganization hasled to a new way ofdeliveringprogrammes towhat was formerlyknown as LoneGuiding. Thecreation of the Aotearoa Region enablesGirlGuiding NZ to reach these girls bydelivering programmes in a different way,through mobile phones, the post, email andthe internet."As we work towards developing our currentprogramme content to be more technologyfriendly we will start to use the internet formore programme delivery,” said Kathy O’Neill,Aotearoa region’s Regional Coordinator.
11May 2013There are currently 50 girls within GirlGuidingNZ who cannot attend regular unit meetings,whether it is because they live in isolated ruralareas or overseas, they do not have a unitwithin their local area or have gone toboarding school. Within the Aotearoa units,these girls now have the opportunity to choosea Buddy Unit so they can interact with othergirls when they can. These units could be thenearest one to where they live, they have afriend going to that unit or it is near where theirgrandparents live. Once the girls have chosentheir Buddy Units, the leaders of that unit theninvite her to activities, events, camps or skillsdevelopment sessions.”This give the girls the opportunity to interactwith other girls and learn things which mightbe difficult on their own,” said Kathy O’Neill.The name Aotearoa is the Maori name forNew Zealand and means land of the longwhite cloud in English.“Through the Aotearoa Region and the BuddyUnits, we want to make sure that ourprogrammes are available to every single girlin New Zealand, no matter where they live orwhat barriers are in place as far as attendingregular unit meetings,” said Kathy.”We are very excited about this new way ofdelivering programmes to these girls.”canGirl Guides Australia InternationalJamboree – Fantastic 2013More than 1,600 Girl Guides and Leadersattended “fanTAStic", the AustralianInternational Jamboree in Tasmania inJanuary 2013. As Tasmania is a rural islandstate of Australia, the vision focused onMillennium Development Goal 7: EnsureEnvironmental Sustainability.The “fanTAStic" vision statement was: “Tooffer Girl Guides from around Australia andoverseas a unique Tasmanian experiencefocused on friendship, fun and theenvironment linked to the fundamentals of theAustralian Girl Guide Program. “Girls had the opportunity to be informed,challenged and were given take homestrategies to be the change they want to see inthe world in relation to the environment as partof an integrated, challenging and funprogramme at “fanTAStic“.The natural environment of Tasmania and theicon and jamboree mascot of the endangeredTasmanian Devil provided a uniqueopportunity for Girl Guides Tasmania to delivera camping experience that met the needs oftoday’s girls and young women. The groupand sub camps were named after Tasmanianthreatened vulnerable or endangered animalsor plants.At the opening ceremony the message givento the girls was that ‘Together we can changethe world’. This theme was repeatedthroughout the camp with the aim that theparticipants come to understand that workingtogether makes a huge difference. Everybodyendeavoured to ensure environmentalsustainability through recycling: for instance,150 polystyrene vegetable boxes werecollected to be used for storing resources,activity and food items while the lovable groupcamp mascots were created reusing preloveditems and recyclable materials. Prelovedhandbags and shopping bags were repeatedlyused to pass out instructions to the Leadersand the Girl Guides.An afternoon programme initiative,“enviroTAStic”, saw participants samplingeight activity pods comprising more than 100different activity-based ideas includingTasmanian flora and fauna, energy, recycling,thinking about the environment and back tobasics craft ideas. A youth forum was alsoincluded in this session to engage Girl Guidesin the issues that really matter to them.Both the “fanTAStic" campfire and GuidesOwn were interwoven with the theme ofMDG7. The campfire was based upon thebook The Lorax by Dr. Seuss which followedthe narrative told by the ‘Once-ler’ about howhe exhausted the natural resources of theenvironment. The Guides Own took the themeof "Plant a seed, Let it grow"The 10 – 13 year old Girl Guides had thechallenging opportunity to bivouac (camp inthe bush with only the basics provided). Thiscreative programme element was based on arefugee wide game where Girl Guides movedaround in patrols (refugee families) betweensix make believe refugee bushland camps,
12May 2013participating in a wide variety of activitiesincluding completing a family entry sheet in anumber of languages. Girl Guides wereexposed to what it might feel like to be arefugee with no home, job or knowledge ofwhere their next meal may come from. Thegirls were told at the end of the wide game thata new refugee camp was being establishedalong the road where they were given atarpaulin, ropes and pegs to create their homefor the night. The next morning was acelebration of unity supported by migrantcommunity members from Launceston,Tasmania (refugees themselves) with aconcert and the Girl Guides having theopportunity to join in with activities based onthe cultures of the community members.Water Filter Project Run by Girl GuidesAssociation of Cambodia through Fundingfrom Girl Guides Australia, Queensland-Gold Coast RegionThe Girl Guides Association of Cambodiaran a successful Sanitation and Water filterProject with support from Girl GuidesAustralia, Queensland- Gold Coast Region.Cambodia is one of the countries in Asia thathas a lot of easily accessed water systems.Despite this, many Cambodians lack basicaccess to clean water and sanitation. Poorcommunities, particularly children, face manyhealth problems related to water. Problemsinclude intestinal and stomach issues, typhoid,dysentery and skin problems and largeepidemics of diarrhoea caused by cholera.To addressthis issue, agroup ofyoung GirlGuide leadersinitiatedprojects inKhandal,Takeo,KampongThom, Kampot and Kampong Speu provincesto teach families and communities to changetheir behaviour from drinking raw water todrinking filtered water and using proper andclean toilets.Srey Touch, an 18 year old girl who joined thewater filter project in Khandal province said“Previously, my family drinks raw water directlywithout boiling or filtration like the time of ourgrandparents. But I noticed that my family andthe people living in our community usuallyhave a lot of health problems like childrenhaving intestinal problems, diarrhoea, typhoidand even death caused by cholera. Doctorssuggested that we drink safe and clean waterbut because it is difficult to find wood to boilwater and we are not happy to wait for theboiled water to cool before drinking, my familystill have the same problem. We are getting sopoor as every month, my family spends a lot ofmoney to buy medicines.”The idea of the project is to work with smallgroups of people to educate other youngpeople who will then educate their parents.The project funded the building of 80 waterfilters and five toilets for Girl Guide membersand some families from poor communities.From 2007, Girl Guide members were giventhe message of the importance of drinkingclean water, basic knowledge of hand washingand using toilets at every Girl Guide meeting.This training was also included in the unitLeaders training schedules. Water filters areprovided at every place where Girl Guideweekly activities are held to encourage girls todrink clean water.The water filter project has brought changes tothe personal behaviours of Srey Touch’sfamily and community.“Right now, I can drink water as I wantbecause this water is safe and makes myfamily healthy too”, Srey Touch said.Girl Guides Association of Cambodia is verythankful to Girl Guides Queensland (GoldCoast Region) for their support in this project.Every patrol in each Girl Guide unit in GoldCoast Region of Girl Guides Queenslandraises $15 to fund the water filter project. GirlGuides Cambodia also raises their own fundsfor this project by having girls make crafts tosell.Joy Ord, member of Girl GuidesAustralia who helped raise funds for this
13May 2013project said “I believe strongly that unit leadersof Girl Guides Association of Cambodia canmake important changes in people’s lives with“small” things. A water filter is a small thingreally but it has big consequences for health.”Girl Guides Association of Cambodia wouldlike to ensure the sustainability of this projectand to support more communities across thecountry. To donate to this project, pleasecontact Girl Guides Association of Cambodiaat email@example.comGirl Scouts of Japan Peace Project Greenerx GreenerGirl Scouts of Japan launched the Greenerx Greener Peace Project in 2010. The projectuses profits earned from local actionprogrammes related to environmentalconservation in Japan to improve theenvironment in refugee camps. This projectstarted with activities in Japan, but from 12-20January 2013, the third year of the project, afour-member delegation visited two refugeecamps near CoxsBazar in southernBangladesh, madean inspection tourand engaged inactivities to increasethe amount ofgreenery in the camps.Girl Scouts of Japan was delighted that it waspossible for the delegates to enter the refugeecamps on this visit and implement theprogramme in cooperation with Uniqlo andUNHCR whose activities are supported byJapanese Girl Scouts.At the site, the delegates were able to workwith the staff of Uniqlo and Bangladeshi NGOsas well as the staff of UNHCR Coxs BazarOffice, and in addition to implementingactivities to make the camps greener, it wasan opportunity to share as well, what the GirlScouts have organized in the refugee camps.The activities implemented consisted inplanting fruit trees and other trees in thevegetable gardens that were already there andin the newly created Girl Scout Garden inorder to improve the environment in therefugee camp; holding workshops to teach theyoung people and camp scouts who act asleaders in the camps about the importance ofthe environment and conducting a survey onthe lives of the refugees.Asumi Urushibata (29), a Girl Scout Leaderwho was a member of the delegation, showedher strong desire to contribute to activities inJapan and abroad, saying, "We did nothingmore than look for places with the potential tobe used as fields and start to plough them. Ihope that the Greener x Greener project willbe continued so that the refugees will go on tosow seeds, water them and watch them grow,and that Japan and the refugee camps will belush and green."The delegates will report on their visit to GirlScouts in Japan, encouraging them to thinkabout global environmental issues and theissue of refugees, and Girl Scouts of Japanwill continue to work towards increasing thegreenery in Japan and in refugee camps.Japan Disseminates the Value of Girls’Education through a ForumOn 24 March 2013, Girl Scouts of Japan(GSJ) held a forum under the theme of“Empower girls, -girls can be empoweredfurther. The competency and environmentneeded for girls who will build the future.”106 participants including GSJ members andnon-member adults gathered at the NationalOlympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo.This forum contained a keynote address byMariko Bando, President of a women’suniversity and women’s junior collage, underthe theme of “Develop women as globalleaders.”During theforum therewas a paneldiscussionby schoolofficials whoare expertson girls’education inJapan and this included Teruko Wada,member of the World Board of WAGGGS.Parts of the result of a survey on girls’education held by GSJ were reported in thisevent, and there was also a video messagefrom Yuriko Koike, a member of the House ofRepresentatives of Japan and a former GirlScout.
14May 2013In Japan, equal opportunity for girls and boysin education is provided. Co-education hasbeen promoted following the war. Today,almost 100% of public elementary schools,and 96% of junior high schools and highschools are co-educational schools. Thepercentage of girls going on to high schools isabout the same as boys’. However, Japanranks 101st out of 135 countries in the GlobalGender Gap Index 2012. The proportion ofwomen in managerial posts and in politics isespecially very low. It clearly shows the issuethat women are educated academically butnot empowered enough in Japan. In addition,the Japanese Boy Scout Association has beenaccepting girls as their members since 1995.Facing these facts, Girl Scouts of Japanbecame strongly aware of the necessity toindicate their intention to continue girl-onlyactivities to both members and non-members.GSJ has formed a task group and is studyingthis further.To prove the effectiveness of the movement, asurvey was organized for teenage membersand non-members. The survey shows that75.6% of Girl Scouts aged 15-18 are able towork with other people positively while 58.1%.of non-member girls said that they are able todo the same. The same results for girls aged12-15 were seen-- 64% of Girl Scouts while50.7% of non-members answered yes. Fromthe results, GSJ found that Girl Scouts areable to work with other people positively, toaccomplish something working together withtheir peers, and to challenge them to allowthem to have self-affirmation. Also GSJfocused on the fact that these girls haveexperiences of co-operation, decision-making,and to think and act for themselves. Further,Girl Scouts have a wider variety of lifeexperiences than non-members.One of the most important results of thissurvey is that half of the girls surveyed, bothGirl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts, said theycould challenge more things in a single genderenvironment. This ratio tends to increase asthey get older. Even more, 63% of boysanswered the same. Through the survey, GirlScouts described the meaning of the singlegender environment as follows: “We can doanything that usually boys would do”, “Whenwe work with boys, girls tend to show only thegood side and they are afraid to fail. Then weavoid doing the things we do not have enoughconfidence in. But when we work with girlsonly, we will try anything as much as we can.”At the forum, a young leader said her GirlScout experience helped her in making adecision when she faced a very difficultcircumstance in her life. From her words, all ofthe participants were convinced that GirlScouting was meaningful. Also, one of theparticipants said, “We often waiver in our usualGirl Scout activities. But I reflected on the goaland objectives of our movement and gained anew perspective to work with girls through thisforum.”Girl Guides Singapore Partners with Gardens by the Bay for “GB Ambassadors”, a newVolunteer Engagement and Outreach ProgrammeOn 16 February 2013, more than 9,000members of the Girl Guides Singapore (GGS)and their families celebrated World ThinkingDay with two new Garden Trails that werejointly developed by GGS and Gardens by theBay (GBB) as part of the new “GBAmbassadors” programme.“GBAmbassadors”is a newvolunteerengagementand outreachprogramme ofGBB, withGGS as its inaugural partner. Tocommemorate the launch of the programmeas well as the partnership between GGS andGBB, a tree was planted by Mrs Mary Tan,Patron of GGS, at the Gardens’ Fragile Forest.Girl Guides and Brownies will have theopportunity to be involved in different projectsat the Gardens, from Girl Guiding, tofacilitating programmes, to assisting in theGardens’ operations. For a start, 50 GirlGuides from five units have been trained asGarden guides to facilitate the two newGarden Trails. The trails – “Nature and Me” forBrownies and “Experiencing Nature” for GirlGuides – consist of a series of fun andeducational activities that encourage childrenand youth to explore the gardens and discoverits diversity of flora and fauna.Moving forward, GGS and GBB will continueto collaborate on various projects, includingexpanding the series of Garden Trails for use
15May 2013by schools and the public, and looking into thecontent development for a new “GBProficiency Badge” for Girl Guides andBrownies.The partnership is part of GGS’ and GBB’efforts to engage the young and to encouragethem to play an active role in Singapore’snatural heritage. It is also in line with theMinistry of Education’s 21st CenturyCompetencies, which seek to developstudents to become independent learners,concerned citizens, active contributors andconfident individuals.Mrs Chua Yen Ching, Chief Commissioner ofGirl Guides Singapore noted: “The theme forWorld Thinking Day 2013 is “Forging FamilyTies” and this celebration is unique in that thegirls are celebrating it with their familymembers in these beautiful Gardens. TheGarden Trails help strengthen the bondbetween the parents and girls. Qualityrelationship is essential in building strongfoundations of the family unit and I am surethis will be a memorable event for everyone.”Mrs Joy Balakrishnan, President of Girl GuidesSingapore stated: “This is an important andstrategic partnership with Gardens by the Bay- for the girls to have access to the Gardensfor learning beyond school and for GGS toshare our expertise in developing the materialsfor learning. In GGS, we remain committed tothe mission to enable girls and young womento develop their fullest potential as responsiblecitizens of the world.”Dr Kiat W. Tan, Chief Executive Officer ofGardens by the Bay, said, “Children have away of seeing things differently and the newGarden Trails will give young people a wholenew perspective of looking at the Gardens.Our GB Ambassadors programme is anopportunity for the Gardens to engage theyoung and tonurture amongthem a love fornature andbiodiversity, whiledevelopingleadership skillsand a sense ofresponsibilitytowards thecommunity. We aredelighted to haveGirl GuidesSingapore as ourinaugural partner inthis programme.”World CentresFPax Lodge upcoming eventsImagine More SeminarGirl Guides and Girl Scouts are ‘ImaginingMore’ for the next 100 years. They’re‘imagining more’ for the world in which theylive and ‘imagining more’ for their futures.Would you like to gain skills, tools andknowledge to help change your world for thebetter?Pax Lodge is leading an introductory seminarand training on WAGGGS themes for youngwomen aged 18-25.Imagine more for Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting,imagine more for yourself, imagine more foryour community and imagine more for theworld!Explore the Millennium Development Goalsand WAGGGS advocacy campaigns whilegaining an international perspective on howthese issues affect individuals, communitiesand our world.Taking place from 8 to 14 September 2013,email firstname.lastname@example.org for moreinformation.New Year in LondonAre you looking for a new way to bring inanother year? Have you always wanted to visitLondon and see the famous world-classfirework display? Well now you have thechance!Why not join Pax Lodge’s New Years inLondon event and pick and choose whatsessions and activities you want to take partin? From ice-skating at a beautiful Londonvenue to learning how our international teamcelebrates the New Year in their differentcorners of the world, there’s no friendlier ormore exciting place to be when 2013 becomes2014.Email email@example.com to join us –quickly, before it’s too late!
16May 2013Hot off the press!It’s been a while since Pax Lodge has had anAsia Pacific volunteer so we’re very excited toannounce that by the time you read this, wewill have a new Resident Volunteer fromAustralia, Tandra. We’re looking forward towelcoming her to the team!Sangams Community ProgrammeHave you ever wanted to volunteer for a greatorganization and really make a difference, butdont have 12 weeks to spare? Then Sangamhas just the thing for you! In addition to our 12week Community Programme, we now have ashorter four-week Programme. Participants inthe four-week Programme will jump right intotheir volunteer experience with one ofSangams many Community Partners. You willbe paired with a 12-week participant andimmerse yourself in Indian culture andtradition, while staying at Sangam WorldCentre. For more information on theCommunity Programme or scholarshipopportunities, visithttp://www.sangamworldcentre.org/en/programmes/cp01 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Are You Ready to Be the Change?Come to Sangam’s Be the Change event toexperience first-hand the advocacy andcommunity leadership our community partnerorganizations are doing right here in India.Make your own plan to take home and createlasting change in your community. Join GirlGuides and Girl Scouts from around the worldcoming together to learn to be the change theywant to see in the world. And of course, getthe full World Centre experience of Sangam.To book your space now, email@example.com orcheck outwww.sangamworldcentre.org/en/programmes/events/bethechange to see our future Be theChange events.Arts exChangeSangam World Centre is excited toannounce a special event coming up in March2014, the Arts exChange! This is an event forpeople interested in changing the world andconnecting with other cultures throughart. Come together to connect, create andshare your artistic talent or your passion forthe arts. We’ll explore art in many forms.Special guest facilitators include Girl Scoutsinger, songwriter Melinda Caroll, known forWe Change the World and Ignite! To apply forthis exciting event, send a creative expressionof interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by30 September 2013 or before, spaces for thisevent will be filled on a rolling basis. For moredetails, visithttp://www.sangamworldcentre.org/en/events/20982.Asia Pacific ScholarshipIn 2012 Sangam was delighted to welcomefive Amy Bush Bursary participants from theAsia Pacific Region. They participated in ourCommunity Programme, Gifts for Change andBe the Change events. If you would like totake advantage of this scholarship, onlyavailable to the Asia Pacific Region, ask yourInternational Commissioner for moreinformation.Party Time at Sangam!Every year Sangam gets older, but the partygets bigger! October 2013 will be our 47thbirthday, and weve already started planningfor our 50thbirthday in 2016. We have morethan one surprise in store for our goldenbirthday, so reserve your spot today! Contactguestservices@sangamworldcentre.org formore information.
17May 2013CondolencesThe Asia Pacific Region is saddened by theuntimely demise of Mrs. Mereani Cama,Deputy Chief Commissioner Fiji Girl GuidesAssociation last 26 May 2013.Mrs. Cama has beeninstrumental inhelping build Fiji GirlGuides Associationinto a strong andleading organizationfor girls and youngwomen in Fiji. Shealso attended twoPacific StrategicMeetings: 2009 PSMeeting in Brisbane & the 2010 PS Meeting inNew Zealand. She also represented FGGA inthe APR Conference in 2007 in Malaysia.