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Girl Guides observe World Thinking Day.

HYDERABAD -- Girl Guides and Girl Scouts across the globe including Pakistan observed 'World Thinking Day here on Friday with a commitment to promote volunteerism and encourage youth to protect the environment.

Both public and private organisations had arranged a number of activities to mark the day which is also the birthday of Scouting and Guiding founders Robert Baden-Powell and Olave Baden-Powell.

Therefore, this day is also celebrated as Founders' Day. The theme for World Thinking Day 2013 is for the girls worldwide to say "Together we can save children's lives." This theme is based on United Nation's Millennium Development Goal- 4 focused on reducing child mortality rates around the globe.

The Girl Guides and Girl Scouts use the themes as an opportunity to study and appreciate other countries and cultures, and equally increase awareness and sensitivity on global concerns.

In 1926, at the Fourth Girl Guides/ Girl Scouts International Conference, held at Girl Scouts of the USA's Camp, Edith Macy, a delegate highlighted the need for a special international day, when Girl Guides and Girl Scouts would think about their worldwide spread.

It was decided by the delegates that this day would be Feb 22, birthday of both Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout movement, and Lady Olave Baden-Powell, his wife and the First World Chief Guide. At the Seventh World Conference in Poland, a Belgian delegate

suggested that the girls' appreciation and friendship should not only be shown by the exchange of wishes but also through presents, which are after all typical of birthdays, in the form of a voluntary contribution to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

In her first letter about the World Thinking Day Fund Lady Olave Baden Powell asked the Girl and Girl Scouts to donate "just a penny," in order to support the movement. In 1999, at the 30th World Conference, held in Ireland, the name was changed from "Thinking Day" to "World Thinking Day", in order to emphasise the global aspect of this special day.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Feb 23, 2013
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