The Project

Arab Republic of Egypt

Hayley, Kate, Becci, Gemma, Helen & Sarah have been selected to participate in the third Gold project in Egypt. In 2008 and 2009 GOLD teams spent time in Cario and Alexandria where they ran various training sessions to encourage young women to stay in or join guiding and become leaders. As a result of the trip and with support from local guiding, Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units have opened in the centre.

The 2010 project, lead by Hayley Weeks, will be based in Upper Egypt from 1st to 29th October. The team are spending a week in Minya, a week in Qena and a week in Aswan. The focus this year is on employment and leadership skills. Planned training sessions include; an introduction to English, self esteem, communication, team working, time management and leadership. The sessions will also incorporate the Global Action Themes (GAT), Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and advocacy. All are on the request of the EGGA (Egyptian Federation for Scouts and Girl Guides). Participants will be local women aged between 18-30 from non government organisations, government schools and guiding backgrounds. There may also be a chance to organise some activity days to ignite the interest of younger participants.

The personal development of members of the team is also important, all members are active adult volunteers in Girlguiding UK and can pass on their experience within their units in the UK. Also, the team will be the only GOLD team out on project to mark 20:10, 20/10, 2010 and the end of the Centenary celebrations.

Each team member has fundraised their own project and travel expenses by participating in various activities including; selling our very own limited edition GOLD Egypt 2010 badges, cycling from Cardiff to London and running.

(Guiding Overseas Linked with Development) gives Girlguiding UK members aged between 18 and 30 the opportunity to undertake vital Guiding development projects on the invitation of overseas Guiding Associations. Teams of 4-6 run training sessions and camps and deliver activity days.

There are 9 projects running in 2010 – Guyana, Tanzania, Armenia, Chile, Honduras, Egypt, Russia, Fiji and Malawi.

Sadly it seems likely that 2010 will be the last year of GOLD in Egypt. However, the team will be working hard to promote GOLD with a view to sustaining and developing its links with the Arab region.

Girlguiding UK has over half a million young members aged between five and 25.

One in four eight-year-old girls is a Brownie.

Almost half of all women in the UK have been involved in guiding at some stage in their lives.

We’re part of a worldwide organisation with over ten million members in 145 countries

Key Messages

  • We give girls and young women a voice;
  • We provide a unique girl only space;
  • We promote equality and diversity;
  • We’re relevant to today’s girls.

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