Friday, February 21, 2014

Celebrating Education on World Thinking Day

Each year on February 22, World Thinking Day, girls participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries. World Thinking Day is part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Global Action Theme (GAT) based on the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to improve the lives of the world's poorest people. The theme for World Thinking Day 2014 is girls worldwide say "education opens doors for all girls and boys."

World Thinking Day was established in 1926. It is in honor of Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the Founder of Scouting, and Lady Olave Baden-Powell, the World Chief Guide of the Girl Guide/Girl Scout Movement, whose birthdays were both on February 22nd. It is a day when Girl Scouts think of other members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. In 1947, the year this postcard was published, Girl Scouts were engaged in helping their fellow Scouts in the aftermath of World War II. Programs included Schoolmates Overseas, in which girls would pack international friendship bags filled with school supplies for their sisters in scouting, and making Girl Scouting accessible for displaced persons internationally.