The Malawi Girl Guides Association
Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting introduced: 1931
Number of Girl Guides/Girl Scouts: 54144 (31/12/2012)
Status: Full Member
Admits boys: No
PO Box 1264
Telephone: 00 2651753392
Girl Guide Promise
I promise that I will do my best:
To do my duty to God,
To serve the Queen and my country and other people, and
To keep the Guide Law.
Girl Guide Law
1 A Guide is loyal and can be trusted.
2 A Guide is helpful.
3 A Guide is polite and considerate.
4 A Guide is friendly and a sister to all Guides.
5 A Guide is kind to animals and respects all living things.
6 A Guide is obedient.
7 A Guide has courage and is cheerful in all difficulties.
8 A Guide makes good use of her time.
9 A Guide takes care of her own possessions and those of other people.
10 A Guide is self-controlled in all she thinks, says and does.
Development of the movement:
Guiding began in Malawi in 1924 when the first Brownie, Guide, and Ranger units were registered in Zomba the then capital of Malawi. However Guiding was banned for a time and it was not until 1995 that the state president lifted the ban following discussions with the Kenya Girl Guides Association. The first training was held in 1997 in Blantyr, Lilongwe (the new capital) and Mzuzu where 46 Guiders enrolled. After these training courses, small units opened in a few schools in the Northern, central and Southern regions of Malawi. An interim Committee was elected with the aim of organising the Guiding activities and a National Executive Committee was elected in 2000. This has 17 members. This development was supervised by the Ministry of Gender Youth Community Services and the National Youth Council of Malawi. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology also assists the Associations by allowing teachers and pupils to become members and participate in various activities.
The Association ensures its programmes keeps pace with the social changes and life styles. This is achieved by following the school calendar. The programme is renewed at the end of every term and together with the young leaders, a new programme is arranged for the beginning of every school term.
The programme combines the essential beliefs and principles of the Movement with the expanding role of girls and young women in society. It is designed to help a girl achieve her highest potential as well as helping her community through increasing skills and leadership abilities.
Girls and young women with special needs are integrated into the Association as much as possible.
To enable girls and young women to develop economically, socially, culturally, and spiritually so that they become responsible and useful citizens of Malawi.
To give girls the opportunity for self-training in the development of good character and service to others based on the spiritual and moral values according to the principles embodied in ‘The Guide Promise’ and ‘The Guide Law’ as laid down by the founder, Lord Baden Powell.
To encourage girls and young women to undergo skills training in Science and Technology with the aim of making them economically independent.
To foster among girls and young women love of their country and develop in them an interest in homecraft, health, social services, nature and culture.
To encourage national and international goodwill, peace and understanding among girls and young women in Malawi and the whole world.
To collaborate with stakeholders in Girls Education
To encourage girls and young women to get involved at all levels of decision making.
Relationship to society:
The Guides are dedicated to the protection of the environment and participate in tree-planting and solar cooking programmes. This project is in conjunction with Rotary International. City cleaning is one of the activities during the Global Youth Services Day programme. Guides also participate in the reproductive health campaigns and are working in partnership with UNICEF and UNFPA, the government and other national NGOs to bring about better education for women in this area.
The Guides learn homeskills such as cooking, sewing baking and gardening but are also taught entrepreneurial skills through fundraising and other like activities.
The Guides visit the sick in their homes and in hospitals and give support, both emotional and material, to orphans.
Communication and Co-operation
World Thinking Day, Day of Africa Child, Education Day, World Food Day, World AIDS Day, Women’s Day are all marked by the Girl Guides. The girls dance, sing, put on drama displays, recite poems and conduct press conferences.
The Association works with various UN agencies, such as UNICEF and UNFPA on some of its projects and also with Rotary International on its Solar Cooking Project.
The Association informs other NGOs in Malawi of its work and enjoys relations with other organizations and the Government which provides financial support in certain areas, especially adult leadership and girl membership.
Training for adult leaders is regularly conducted every year. Training of young leaders started in 2002. Trainers’ training is a priority for the Association. The Training Committee is responsible for training plans, reviews training programme material, organises training courses and supervises training sessions at all levels.
The Association plans to conduct ‘on the job’ training sessions for leaders and trainers and also workshops on topics such as finance, project planning, maintaining and evaluation, women’s issues, leadership
- Community Gardens For Agricultural Skills Training and Fundraising
- Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme for Girl and Young Women
- Capacity Developing Programme
- Psychosocial Suppor For Orphans, Other Vulnerable Children and the Aged
- Girls Education Programme
- Sexual Reproductive Health (Hiv/Aids Awareness)