About Guiding in Namibia
Guiding is a voluntary educational activity for girls and young women in Namibia. The Association was founded in 1923 and has been a full member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) since 1999. The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts has a membership of 10 million in 146 countries.
Guiding provides a non-formal educational programme which develops girls and young women personally, spiritually, emotionally, physically and socially.
Guiding gives its members the opportunity of learning new skills and teaches them to think for themselves and others and to take responsibility for their actions both as leaders and team members.
Guiding requires a commitment to the Promise and the Law, based on spiritual values, personal development, family values and service to the Community.
The Guide Law
- A guide is to be trusted
- A guide is loyal
- A guide is helpful
- A guide is friendly
- A guide is polite and thoughtful of others
- A guide cares for the earth and all living things
- A guide is obedient
- A guide is brave and cheerful
- A guide is thrifty
- A guide is pure in all that she thinks
Guiding teaches about
To care about their health and that of others in the community, to prevent HIV Aids and teenage pregnancy, to eat the right foods and to say 'no' to drugs, smoking and alcohol.
To learn about nature, camping and outdoor fun, to learn and care about living things, the earth and the weather.
To learn to take responsibility for their education, to learn about the different cultures, language groups and social levels, to learn to give service in their home and school, church and community.
The Patron of the Girl Guides Association of Namibia
The Hon. Nandi-Ndaitwah, the Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia said the following words in her speech for the 100th anniversary of World Guiding in 2010:
As a young person, I found guiding interesting and rewarding and as an adult, I found it important and indispensable... Your first step is to commit yourself with the help of God, to love and respect God, other people and your country which includes land, water, animals and plants and obey the guide laws. As guide, you remain a whole person, able to handle situations in the best interests of all around you.