Day 5 - 4th March- Side event
A century of empowering girls through non-formal education
Today was the highlight of our entire trip, our UN CSW delegation team accomplished two essential missions in the United Nations!
Nefeli made a three minutes oral intervention on the general commission. Although the rest of us couldn't be there to support her, we all knew that she would do an amazing job on behalf of all of us (or even the global girl Guides!). The rest of us hosted a side event on empowering girls through non-formal education at the Church Centre.
Six of us all came from different countries and only spent five days together, but you would be amazed how easily we just click with each other like that and created a strong blinding. I guess we all speak the same language -- Girl Guide language.
We had two guest panel speakers from YWCA and Youth Forum, and three Girl Guides representing WAGGGS. Susanna spoke about her experience leading brownies in Australia. Lizzie is an expert in peer education, so she shared her learnings working with the brownies in UK. As for me, I took the audience onto an imaginary trip to Asia experiencing a normal day of Asian students, then talked about how important non-formal education is. Through Girl Guide activities, young girls learn to take leadership, become a global citizen and learn to give back to the society. After the speeches, Rachel and Maria led the audience with a small practice helping them understand what is "learning by doing." Even though it was just a small game, everybody seemed to love it!
All of us grew up as Girl Guides and now we are taking the lead to advocate for what we believe in. It was exciting that we received very positive feedbacks from the audience, and got some amazing questions. After the side event, a women gave us a piece of paper saying that she was a Girl Scouts in the States, and am now mother of two Girl Scouts. She is very happy to see that we were here to advocate for Girl Scouts!
We are all blessed to be able to present WAGGGS attending the United Nations. I wish that there will be more girls going on the amazing journey as we do!
Girl Scouts from Taiwan