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2015 World Thinking Day Junior Activities

Note to Volunteers

The World Thinking Day award is an official award that may be worn on the front of the official Girl Scout uniform sash or vest.

The theme for World Thinking Day 2015 is girls worldwide say "we can create peace through partnerships." This theme is based on the United Nations' Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 8: to develop a global partnership for development. This goal is about all countries, rich and poor, working with one another to support the MDGs—and the MDGs are themselves a global partnership. In order for poorer countries to reach the other seven goals, more-prosperous countries must provide more effective aid, sustainable debt relief, and fair trade rules.

Before getting started, please read our Statement of Trust (PDF).You may want to explain to girls that in different parts of the world, some girls and boys don't get to go to school because schools are far away and families can't get them there. Sometimes children have to work to raise money for their families, and therefore cannot attend school. Girls are more frequently denied an education than boys in some parts of the world. In fact, there are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school. That's approximately the number of all school-age girls in the United States.

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Activities for Juniors (ages 9–11)

  1. Keep a peace diary. Every time you see someone compromising and working together, make a note of what they did and how they did it. Share your observations with the group. Share with your troop/group about a time you could have solved a conflict in a more peaceful manner. Was there a tactic you observed when keeping a peace diary that you could have used in your conflict?
  2. Read One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference. Discuss what a micro-loan is and how individuals can assist others around the world.
  3. Watch Tipping the Balance or read Fair Trade First by Ingrid Hess and learn what fair trade is. Then go to your local grocery store or mall and see if you can find three fair trade items sold there. Are there fair trade items at your house?
  4. Shop fair trade. Collect empty boxes or packaged items of different brands of chocolate, coffee, sugar, tea, etc. If you can't find empty packages, print out pictures of the brands. Ex (coffee): Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Lavazza, Folgers, Maxwell House. Chocolate: Cadbury, Dagoba, Hershey, Godiva, Amano. Tea: Twinings, Hampstead, Tazo, Lipton, Yogi, Mighty Leaf. Then take a shopping trip with the packages and/or photos. Ask everyone to "shop" what they think is fair trade. Why did they choose those products? Have you ever considered checking the produce in the supermarket to see if it was fair trade? What other products can be fair trade certified? Flowers? Honey? Wine? Fruits and vegetables? Next time you're in the supermarket look for the fair trade logo on different brands.
  5. Collect an old plastic coffee cup cover. Clean it. Draw the fair trade logo on it with a marker. Put a piece of thread in the mouth hall and tie around your back-bag. Explain to people who ask you what this means what you learned about fair trade ("products where people who make them get the amount of money they deserve and no less"). Note that some farmers get less than $1 a day when products are not fair trade.
  6. Photograph for social change. You will need a camera for this activity. Many charities and organizations use photography or movie making as a tool to help individuals and communities speak out about their needs and views. In a group, take three minutes to take a photo to represent an issue that matters to the girls. Take turns showing the photo and explaining the issue it represents.
  7. Check out the Agent of Change Girl Scout Leadership Journey and how girls raise awareness about issues of concern to them. What are ways you can take action to end conflict in your community or promote learning about fair trade?