World Thinking Day 2013 focus countries and theme announced

4 September 2012

The twin themes of child mortality and maternal health, and the focus countries Republic of Ireland, Jordan, Malawi, Pakistan and Venezuela have been confirmed for World Thinking Day 2013.

WTD newsletterOn 22 February 2013, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide will come together to learn about and take action on the themes of “together we can save children’s lives” and “every mother’s life and health is precious”, based on Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 4 and 5.

Four of the five focus countries (Jordan, Malawi, Pakistan and Venezuela), which represent the different WAGGGS Regions, will receive grants from the World Thinking Day Fund which they will put toward action projects based on MDG 4 and/or 5 in their countries.

Find out much more about the theme and focus countries for 2013 by downloading the latest World Thinking Day newsletter. You can pre-order your World Thinking Day 2013 badges and pins from the WAGGGS online shop.

Download the World Thinking Day newsletter now

World Thinking Day is an important fundraising day that ensures the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Movement can continue to grow and prosper  so why not start thinking about how your Girl Guides or Girl Scouts group can contribute to the World Thinking Day Fund?

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Michelle Stronach-Marsh - 22 February 2013 - 3.49AM (GMT)

Kelburn Guides in Wellington, New Zealand celebrated Thinking Day with a special ceremony where we lit candles representing friendship and children (child mortality) with different candles representng: children of different nationalities, religious beliefs, disabilities, richer or poorer etc. And a special candle to represent themselves and their uniqueness. We then had a shared international feast!

U. Savas Baran - 13 February 2013 - 11.29PM (GMT)

This Thinking Day 2013 will be another opportunity to know sisters around the world and and join to priceless services they have done around the world

Kurlyne Alleyne (International Commissioner - Barbados) - 13 February 2013 - 4.40PM (GMT)

From February 16 - 23, we are celebrating Thinking Day Week with an on air/on line link up; a Dance Showcase, our Annual Service Thinking Day Service (Sunday) and a week of special Good Turn commitments by our Blossoms (4-6 yrs), Brownies, Girl Guides, Rangers and Leaders.

At Unit levels, our girls will also research a WTD focus country - Venezuela is in our WH Region and they will be getting special recognition at our Dance-O-Rama event.

Join us, as our girls link with guiding sisters worldwide on Saturday February 16, 2013 - 9.30 a.m. - 2.00 p.m.

To connect to amateur radio call sign 8P6BGG. TDOTI: bggtdoti via SKYPE/ for Messenger.

Celebrate WTD with us on Air/Online... meet a Brownie, Girl Guide or Ranger and make new friends!

Yannette Holness - 5 February 2013 - 5.32PM (GMT)

I have always enjoyed Thinking Day activities, in the parish of St. Thomas.

Elizabeth - 2 February 2013 - 12.18AM (GMT)

I am so delighted! to see the name of my Country Venezuela as one of the five focus countries :)

Elizabeth - 1 February 2013 - 11.42PM (GMT)

I am so delighted!! to see the name of my Country Venezuela as one of the focus countries ;)

sabajo jael - 11 January 2013 - 11.30PM (GMT)

it is a very good idea en let the bp spirit be with us all as scout greeting from suriname

Jessica - 25 October 2012 - 3.21PM (GMT)

Here in Whitehall and Montague in Michigan, United States, our Girl Scout Service Unit used to do things a little different. Last year we switched it up, concentrated on only the WAGGGS chosen countries and offered more fun activities for the girls. They earned the WAGGGS patch and the GSUSA patch. Tons of fun.

Now we're just waiting for the 2013 activity pack so we can start planning!

Ann Berasley - 22 October 2012 - 8.18PM (GMT)

When will the activity packet described in the newsletter be available?

Ramona - 9 October 2012 - 5.25AM (GMT)

delighted to read Republic of Ireland made it as well. We just moved a year ago from there to Canada. We are looking very much forward to many of the toppings this year. Well done ladies!

Rukhsana - 4 September 2012 - 7.23PM (GMT)

Thanks for adding Pakistan & the other four countries.These areas of child mortality,mother's health & care need special attention.

Alli Coyle (Guide Leader, Scotland) - 4 September 2012 - 5.12PM (GMT)

I'm so happy to see that Malawi is one of the focus countries. I have lived in Blantyre, Malawi (8 months in total over the course of 2 years).

When I get back to Scotland (from Malawi) in a couple of weeks I'm going to get the girls thinking about fundraising for the Thinking Day Fund!

Alli Coyle (Guide Leader, Scotland)

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