Arusha 16th December: “Girl guides – be prepared!” were familiar words we heard coming from our 15 Junior sisters as they participated in a special programme prepared for them during their Junior Get-together this December. Thirteen of them, as well as three teachers from Notre Dame Primary School: Benedicta, Zainas and Margaret, became “Certified Trainers for Guiders of Girl Guides.”
The programme planned by Sisters Mary Shobana, Neelima and Sangeeta was supported and also conducted by Patricia, the Regional Girl Guide Trainer, Esther, the Regional Girl Guide Commissioner, Mama Annatoli, the Regional Treasurer and Nancy and Grace from the Girl Guides of Tanzania. All that can be said for all that took place, is “Bravo, Bravo, Bravo!”
In 1909, Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, decided that girls should not be in the same organization as the boys, and the Girl Guides were founded in the UK in 1910. Many, though by no means all, Girl Guide and Girl Scout groups across the globe trace their roots to this point. Agnes Baden-Powell was in charge of Girl Guiding in UK in its early years
The Tanzania Girl Guides Association is the national Guiding organization of Tanzania. It serves 17,233 members (as of 2003). The first Guide Company was founded in Tanganyika in 1928, and the girls-only organization became a full member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 1963.