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World Thinking Day 2015
Each year on 22 February, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world celebrate World Thinking Day (WTD). WTD is an opportunity to celebrate international friendship, learn about and take action on important issues, and fundraise in support of the World Thinking Day Fund.
We have chosen UN Millennium Development Goal 2 (MDG) as the theme for WTD 2014– Achieve universal primary education.
Education is a key issue affecting girls and young women around the world. Despite progress, an estimated 250 million children of primary school age lack basic reading, writing and numeracy skills, whether in school or not. Globally, 123 million youth (aged 15 to 24) lack basic reading and writing skills; 61 per cent of them are young women. (MDG Report 2013).
This situation can and must be changed. Together, the 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide can help raise awareness and ensure that every girl has the right to learning so she fulfils her potential.
World Thinking Day is a way for girls and young women to learn about life for their peers in other countries and to explore the Girl Guide and Girl Scout experience across the globe. For WTD 2015, we have now confirmed four out of the five focus countries – Egypt, Bangladesh, Armenia and Benin.
With the money you donate to the WTD Fund, WAGGGS will provide grants to the focus countries to take action on MDG 2 in 2015 The WTD Fund also helps girls’ voices to be heard globally, delivers leadership training to young women and gives support for Girl Guide and Girl Scout organizations around the world.