Irish Girl Guides put hands up for campaign

The Irish Girl Guides Unit in Ardagh put their hands up for girls’ education recently. After a successful campaign led by Plan and with thanks to thousands and thousands of petition signatures, in December 2011, the United Nations declared October 11th to be the International Day of the Girl.

The Irish Girl Guides Unit in Ardagh put their hands up for girls’ education recently. After a successful campaign led by Plan and with thanks to thousands and thousands of petition signatures, in December 2011, the United Nations declared October 11th to be the International Day of the Girl.

The Irish Girl Guides are celebrating the first ever International Day of the Girl by supporting Plan Ireland’s Hands Up for the Girl campaign; putting hands up for girls education to shine a light on the importance of educating girls to make choices for their future.

Ardagh Ladybirds, Brownies and Guides wore their uniforms, pictured here in St Mel’s N.S., Ardagh, but also in Scoil Bhride, Glen and Kenagh N.S. to raise awareness of the International Day of the Girl, many thanks to their teachers for supporting them.

The Irish Girl Guides are working with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to draw attention to the different experiences of girls around the world their programme includes varying levels of activities for Ladybirds (5-7 yrs) , Brownies (6.5 - 11 yrs) and Guides (10.5 – 14 yrs) to help understand how to be compassionate global citizens, aware of the different environments children may grow up in around the world.

In light of the horrendous attack on Malala Yousafzai, the fourteen-year-old Pakistani girl shot by militants on Tuesday, it is even more important that we draw attention both to the plight of girls and women around the country, as well as to the need to protect their right to education.

Irish Girl Guides Chief Executive, Linda Peters, stated, “We are saddened to learn of the vicious attack on such a brave young girl which will make the Day of the Girl even more significant to our members who take their right to education for granted.”

Ardagh Girl Guides meet on Thursday evenings in Ardagh Community Centre for further information please contact Joanna on 086 237 2616 or ardaghgirlguides@gmail.com.

Meanwhile Longford girls were out supporting the N4 Autism Run on its Longford Leg, also on the 11th October, pictured here with Mr. Paul McGrath are Longford Brownies and Leaders. Longford Ladybirds meet on Friday evening from 6-7pm, Brownies meet Thursday evenings 6-7pm and Girl Guides meet on Thursday 7 - 8.15pm, all in the Temperance Hall.

The Irish Girl Guides are also active in Clondra with meetings on Wednesday evenings in the school hall, Brownies 6.45 - 7.45pm, Girl Guides girls 8 - 9pm, Rangers (14 - 18 years) 8 - 9pm, for further information on Longford or Clondra Girl Guides contact: Sandra at 0876144626 or longfordigg@gmail.com