2014 World Thinking Day Ambassador Activities

Note to Volunteers

The World Thinking Day award is an OFFICIAL Award that may be worn on the front of the Official Uniform sash or vest.

The theme for World Thinking Day 2014 is girls worldwide say "education opens doors for all girls and boys." This theme is based on United Nation's Millennium Development Goal 2, to achieve universal primary education, and is especially focused on making sure girls have access to education. Educating girls is one of the most powerful and effective ways to reduce global poverty.

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2014 World Thinking Day Ambassador Activities

To earn the award, girls learn more about this topic by completing one or more activity below.

  1. Literacy and education are important issues around the globe. Make a Global Literacy Wall display to show how critical it is that kids everywhere learn to read. Start by doing research on literacy rates in your city or state. How many people know how to read? How many kids are enrolled in school? Visit UNESCO Institute for Statistics or the World Bank's EdStats to hunt for similar facts about the rest of the world. Illustrate what you find and post it prominently at a community space or World Thinking Day event to help educate others.
  2. View To Educate a Girl, a documentary about the struggle girls face in accessing quality education. Afterward, discuss what, if any, inequities exist in education within your community—that is, in your school, your teams, your city or town, or your state? If so, what are those inequities? What steps can you take to change any inequities? Also discuss what role you think boys and men can play in helping girls achieve equal access to education? Check out the complete viewing guide (PDF) for more discussion questions.
  3. Are you a blogger? Why not write about the importance of girls' education for World Thinking Day? Need some stats? Check out this fact sheet on Educating Girls for a Better World (PDF).
  4. Tutoring is a great way to take action on education. Start by conducting a survey in your school, neighborhood or local youth group to find out who needs tutoring and what skills are needed the most (literacy, math, science, history, etc.). Partner with a local tutoring organization or establish your own to help younger kids.
  5. ¿Habla español? Parlez vous francias? Or maybe you speak another language? Use your language expertise to help other students who may need some support in their language studies.
  6. Do some investigative reporting about all the ways teachers get their kids excited to read. Even try visiting some local classrooms and take notes. When you're done, write a blog post or newspaper article to share what you learned.
  7. Is education a right or a privilege? What historical events have made education accessible to the masses? Investigate the history of education in the US, and when it became a right for all children. Can you think of places where education is still not a right, but a privilege? Investigate why.
  8. Watch this video of Malala Yousafzai rallying youth to stand up for the universal education at the United Nations. What can we learn from Malala's experience? Learn how to become an advocate for change on children's access to education by taking the Your Voice, Your World Girl Scout Leadership journey.