Girl Guides from the North celebrate 50 years in Ongwediva
The northern branch of the Girl Guides in Namibia turned 50 in November last year but an opportunity to celebrates the momentous occasion only presented itself earlier this year. The celebration took place in Ongwediva, on the same day that Girl Guides worldwide celebrate World Thinking Day.
The Finance Chairperson of the Girl Guides Association, Mrs Aase Geel said even though Girl Guides northern branch actually turned 50 on 5 November last year, they decided to celebrate their birthday on World Thinking Day.
World Thinking Day is celebrated annually on 22 February by all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. It is a day when they think about their “sisters” (and “brothers”) in all the countries of the world, the meaning of Guiding, and its global impact.
In her Ongwediva speech to the Girl Guides, Karolina Nangolo, the Guide Leader of the northern branch urged the Brownies and the Guides to always remain “Helpful, Friendly and Obedient” reminding the girls that these are also elements of the Guide Law.
The theme for this years anniversary celebrations was “Grow” and, it was also the theme for Thinking Day. As a way to celebrate the “Grow” theme, the Girl Guides planted flowers at their premises to see them grow, prosper and blossom. “When we plant seeds of any type of plant, we compare it to children who must grow to be healthy and successful, said Mrs Geel.
The Girl Guides movement provides non-formal educational programmes which help develop girls and young women personally, spiritually, emotionally, physically and socially. The Patron of the Girl Guides Association of Namibia is the Minister of International Cooperation, and the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.