The World Guide Foundation is a global partnership between people and organizations, who are passionate about developing the next generation of leaders in family, business and society in general — with a focus on guiding girls and young women on their way towards responsible and active citizenship, creating positive change in society. The Foundation cooperates with organizations sharing this mission. Girls and young women are engaged primarily through The World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides (WAGGGS); The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) engages both boys and girls.
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts WAGGGS is our strategic partner in Scouting/Guiding. WAGGGS, having more than 100 years’ experience in developing female leadership, is the umbrella for 150 national Girl Guide/Girl Scout organizations, who may all cooperate independently with the Foundation.
Leadership development is the heart of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting. From the moment a child promises to “do her best”, she joins a values based leadership journey that grows new perspectives and behaviors. Every member has the same leadership responsibility; to reach their fullest potential and work together to build the world they want to see. The global network of almost 10 million resilient girls and young women is a powerful force for social change.
In partnership with the University of Exeter, WAGGGS is creating a major long-term ‘Leadership Development program’, to be rolled out globally to 150 national member organizations. This program creates a clear pathway of leadership practice for all members, from introducing leadership and enterprise mind-sets in the youth programme, to supporting senior decision makers to champion youth leadership. By strengthening leadership practice, WAGGGS will equip the member organizations with the approaches they need to reach more girls and young women in their society with transformational leadership opportunities.
Uganda Girl Guide Association (UGGA)
UGGA is our first national partner. UGGA has presented an ambitious project, — to reach out to 250.000 more girls and young women before the end of 2020 — on top of the current 200.000 members. In Uganda, a huge percentage of the population is under 30 years. This means that there is a tremendous need for education, not only formal education but also non-formal training in order to involve the children in activities giving them life skills instead of ‘bad habits’ in the streets. The young people involved will learn leadership skills as well as life skills, thus developing skills and experience to become leaders of tomorrow. Working with girls and young women also means to develop better gender equality. The potential impact of the project is overwhelmingly positive.
Danish Girl Guides – Entrepreneurship Initiative
The Foundation further works with the Danish Girl Guide ‘Social Entrepreneurship Initiative’. The Entrepreneurship Group helps national organizations enhance their capacity building, membership increase and leadership development, through engaging young people in Social Entrepreneurship.