By Confidente Reporter
THE Girl Guides Association of Namibia (GGAN) held its annual Guide Sunday at the Hosiana ELCIN Parish in Katutura on Sunday, November 20. Although the Girl Guides is not affiliated with any religion, culture and tradition, it is customary that every year the Girl Guides selects a church to host their annual Guide Sunday.
The Guide Sunday offers a platform where young girls are exposed to self-esteem and leadership building frameworks, in this case public scripture reading, and assistance with gift offering.
Other activities which thrilled the congregation were the introduction of girls to one another and their performance of motivational songs to the congregation.
For some girls, it was their first time appearing in front of a crowd for a public performance, however it was a pleasant experience to them.
“I felt nervous and excited at the same time, but I hope we get to perform in front of people again,” said one of the participants.
After the church service the Girl Guides held a cupcake sale, and the funds raised will be used to carry out activities such as camping and leadership programmes for the 2017 financial year.
“We always encourage parents to enroll their children for the Girl Guides, as non – formal education also plays a big role in child development. For instance, selling cupcakes teaches children entrepreneurial skills and money management,” said Aase Geel, finance chairperson of the Girl Guides Association of Namibia.
The Girl Guides Association of Namibia was founded in 1923, and provides non-formal educational programmes which develop the skills of girls, and help them become confident and strong women in the future. The association is currently active in the north, west and central regions of Namibia.
The association is supported by the Ministry of Arts, Education and Culture, and guiding activities take place in such a way that they do not disrupt the normal school schedules. The girls are divided into two categories. These are namely Brownies and Guides. Brownies comprise of girls from the age of 5-11 while the Guides are made up the girls age from 12-16.
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