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Girl Guides Challenged

The Fiji Girl Guides Association National Camp 2015 started yesterday with a march through the host town, Sigatoka. The jamboree with the theme ‘Empowering girls to be the agents of
27 Aug 2015 09:32
Girl Guides Challenged
The march through Sigatoka Town marked the opening of the Fiji Girl Guides Association National Camp 2015. Photo: Sheetal Prasad

The Fiji Girl Guides Association National Camp 2015 started yesterday with a march through the host town, Sigatoka.

The jamboree with the theme ‘Empowering girls to be the agents of change through girl guiding’ is hosted by the Nadroga/Navosa Girl Guides Association.

More than 700 girls aged between 11-15 years from the Southern, Northern, Eastern, Western and Central divisions are taking part.

The camp was opened by Ministry of Education director Primary Education, Kolinio Takali, at Lawaqa Park.

“Practising girl guides in schools is a deliverable or a priority of output in the Ministry of Education Business Plan,” Mr Takali said.

“Girl guiding is all about enhancement of students understanding life skills.”

He said girl guiding could develop self-confidence, self-esteem, ability to cope with change, appreciation of others, leadership skills and healthy lifestyles for girls.

“We are empowering girls to be agents of change through girl guiding by upholding and encouraging the seven aspects of development. They are spiritual, moral, physical, mental, social, intellectual and emotional aspects.”

Activities during the week-long jamboree include excursions, sporting activities and activities related to violence against women and girls.

“This is for young girls to improve their way of thinking and how they respect the environment.

“We should encourage children to appreciate the natural environment and its creatures,” Mr Takali said.

He said the Girl Guides movement was an important part of Fijian primary school education.

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