Girl guides 51st AGM : Ten million guides in 146 countries | Sunday Observer

Girl guides 51st AGM : Ten million guides in 146 countries

From Left: Ms. K.G.D. Priyanthi - District Commissioner, Ms. T. N. Galappaththi - Deputy Provincial Commissioner, Sabaramuwa Provice; Ms Mangalika Liyanage - Provincial Commissioner, Sabaragamuwa Province; Mr. S P Jesupillai - Deputy Director of Education, Sabaragamuwa Province, Provincial Department of Education, Ratnapura, Prof. Anoja Fernando - President - Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association, Chief Guest - Dato Jeyadhevi Subramaniam - Chief Commissioner, Girl Guides Association, Malaysia, Mr. S. Kuruppu Arachchi - Provincial Director of Education - Sabaragamuwa Province, Ms. Visakha Tillekeratne - Chief Commissioner - Sri Lanka Girl Guide Association, Ms. Rajendra Mallawa - Former Provincial Commissioner, Sabaragamuwa Province, Ms. Anoja Wijesinghe - Deputy Commissioner - Sabaragamuwa Province, Ms. Nirmala Perera - District Commissioners - Kegalle District and Dr. Shanti Wilson - Deputy President - Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association

The Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association (SLGGA) successfully concluded their 51st AGM with Dato’ Jeyadhevi Subramaniam, Chief Commissioner of the Girl Guides Association of Malaysia as the Chief Guest. “My wealth is my experience, my strength is my knowledge”, said Dato Jeyadhevi Subramaniam , who has 50+ years of guiding experience and 36 + years of teaching experience,. She is an accomplished sportswoman, with experience both in Malaysia and internationally. She has served on various boards and forums related to Guiding.

Chief Commissioner, Ms Visakha Tillekeratne and President, Professor Anoja Fernando, together with Manishini Ekanayake, International Commissioner, SLGGA, also addressed the gathering.

“To enable girls and young women to develop their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the country and the world is our Mission” said Professor Anoja Fernando

The lives of millions of girls and women around the world have been influenced by the Girl Guide Movement ,which today has more than 10 million members worldwide in 146 countries. This Movement which began in the United Kingdom in 1909 spread to many countries in the then British Empire and in 1917 the Movement took root in Ceylon (as Sri Lanka was then called).

“The Association has also targeted the expansion of our membership to include at least 10% of the girl population of Sri Lanka by 2020, so that we could be a strong voice for girls and young women”, said Chief Commissioner, Ms Visakha Tillekeratne. “The Guide Movement today counts 91,000 members in Sri Lanka and we are confident of reaching our target of 250,000 by 2020” as many new leaders have been trained. A number of strategies are in place to increase membership rapidly, while maintaining quality standards.

The Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association prides itself on being a voluntary, non-government secular organization which is open to girls and women from all walks of life, irrespective of their social or economic standing.. It is also an inter-generational organisation bringing together children, youth, older persons all working together to implement an innovative non-formal education, program combining community service activities with the usual Girl Guide activities such as camping, hiking and adventure programs.

Being a diverse and inclusive organisation the Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association encourages, disabled girls and women to join and be integrated into society. Many social issues such as violence, malnutrition, sexual and reproductive health, poverty, education and mental health are addressed by the Association.

The Guard of Honour, Grand Salute, Grand Flutter, presentation of a detailed Annual Report, adoption of accounts and other matters, concluded the AGM.