HOW GIRL GUIDES PROMOTES EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND TOLERANCEFebruary 02, 2017
What do you get when you put a bunch of Girl Guides into Parliament and tell them they can change the world? They change the world. I...
What do you get when you put a bunch of Girl Guides into Parliament and tell them they can change the world?
They change the world.
I wish I could share with you all the times I have seen Girl Guides go on to make positive changes, big and small, in communities, workplaces, families, civil society organisations and government.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was a Girl Guide. Michelle Obama was a Girl Guide. Hilary Clinton was a Girl Guide. The Queen was a Girl Guide.
And these young faces with me at Parliament House a couple of years back will one day be change makers.
Here's how the Girl Guides of today and learning to be tolerant, self-respecting, empowered leaders of the future:
Ages 5 to 6, Girl Guides ask girls to try and:
- Play a game or activity from another country.
- Tell your leader how you care and share with other people.
- Play a game that shows you know how to be a good friend.
Ages 7 to 8, Girl Guides ask girls to try and:
- Do a Good Turn for someone outside your immediate family.
- Participate in Unit decisions.
- Make a list of people in the community who help other people.
Ages 9 to 10, Girl Guides ask girls to try and:
- Find out about a charity or service organisation.
- Find out about Guides in another country. Share this information with members of your Patrol or Unit by running a game or activity.
- Exchange a peace message with a Girl Guide or Girl Scout living in another country.
Ages 11 to 12, Girl Guides ask girls to try and:
- Research other faiths and share your finding with your Patrol.
- With your Patrol, identify and take part in a Service project.
- Find out about another religion, belief or culture and share this with your unit.