2014 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 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.

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.

2014 World Thinking Day Junior Activities

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

  1. Here's a chance to play reporter. Interview a teacher or school principal about why it's important for all children, including girls, to go to school. Share what you learned with other Girl Scouts, family members, neighbors, or friends.
  2. By going to the library or getting online (with adult supervision), choose a country and then investigate in your chosen country: (a) how children travel to school; (b) what they study and how they learn; (c) typical class sizes; (d) how long children attend school during the day; (e) the length of the school year; (f) extra-curricular activities available; and any other questions you have. Share your findings with others.
  3. Can you picture daily life for someone in a faraway place? Watch Room to Read's A Day in the Life of Sahdna to learn what it's like for one young girl in India as she gets ready for school and tackles her homework. Then make a compare and contrast list of your daily routine and Sahdna's!
  4. Have fun with an exchange student role play. First decide who will pretend to be the exchange student. An exchange student is a student who is visiting from another country. Everyone else gives a tour of your school to the "exchange student," highlighting the purpose of each area or resource. Make sure you cover things like: How you start your day in class? What is the proper way to ask a question? Where do you eat lunch? Where's the bathroom? Anything else you can think of!
  5. Invite a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer to speak to your group about her/his Peace Corps experience in the country where she/he served. Specifically, ask the volunteer to speak about schools and education in the community. Not familiar with the Peace Corps? Watch A Legacy of Service and see Peace Corps Speakers Tip Sheet (PDF). If you cannot find a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in your community, contact a local university and invite an international student to speak.
  6. For the next two weeks, track how much time you spend watching TV versus reading books outside of school. With your group, chart your collective hours. Then challenge yourself and your friends by reading a book instead of turning on the TV for one whole week. After it's all over, discuss what you leaned.
  7. Help a younger child in a subject you are good at for at least a month. Arrange at school to help a younger kid with reading or math. Or teach a younger sibling or neighbor how to do other activities like ride a bike or catch a baseball.
  8. Check out the Agent of Change Girl Scout Leadership Journey, and how girls raise awareness about an issue of concern to them. What are ways you can take action to make sure that both boys and girls get the education they need?