New badge for Girl Guides

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - People -

BLOS­SOMS, BROWN­IES, guides, guiders and rangers now have one more merit badge added to their list.

The Bar­ba­dos Girl Guides As­so­ci­a­tion, in con­junc­tion with the Bar­ba­dos Pro­duc­tiv­ity Coun­cil, an­nounced the ad­di­tion of the Na­tional Pro­duc­tiv­ity Chal­lenge badge last Fri­day dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in the Bridgetown Room, Baobab Tow­ers, War­rens, St Michael.

“We thought that be­ing able to ad­dress and help those in an en­tire four-gen­er­a­tion span . . . would be an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity,” said pro­duc­tiv­ity of­fi­cer Janelle Arthur. She added that this would equip guides with the nec­es­sary skills and knowl­edge needed to forge a path in this world that would make them pro­duc­tive cit­i­zens.

The Bar­ba­dos Girl Guides As­so­ci­a­tion will be cel­e­brat­ing its 100-year an­niver­sary in 2018. Chief com­mis­sioner Na­dia Skeete said the tasks for each badge were age spe­cific.

“As adults we have an idea of what pro­duc­tiv­ity is, but we def­i­nitely can­not ex­plain pro­duc­tiv­ity to some chil­dren the way we would to an adult . . . “This badge is ba­si­cally to en­cour­age them to try to un­der­stand what pro­duc­tiv­ity is, why they should be pro­duc­tive, and how there are a great deal of ben­e­fits that can be af­forded to them per­son­ally, and then of course pro­fes­sion­ally, when they ac­tu­ally be­gin to work,” Skeete said.

There are three parts of the badge. Chil­dren aged four to six will de­sign and cre­ate a per­sonal pledge card on the im­por­tance of be­ing pro­duc­tive. Those seven to 11 have to write an es­say, com­po­si­tion, song or poem, or de­sign a poster about pro­duc­tiv­ity. The guides or se­nior sec­tion will be placed in teams of three or four and they have to de­sign a leaflet en­ti­tled “Tell 12 Per­sons 12 Things About Pro­duc­tiv­ity”, to be shared with the pub­lic.

There will also be some so­cial me­dia in­ter­ac­tion for the older girls. They will be re­quired to post about their jour­ney and use the Coun­cil’s hash­tags. ( RA)

ac­tors must be com­mended for their re­al­is­tic por­trayal of that world.

Punc­tu­ated with hu­mour, it was grip­ping and en­thralling. The change that John, one of the main char­ac­ters, made at the end af­ter be­ing shot was wel­comed, as it showed that any­one could turn their life around.

Their sec­ond of­fer­ing, Con­fes­sions, dealt with HIV/AIDS and the way peo­ple re­spond and re­act to those af­flicted with the dis­ease. It high­lighted the fact that de­spite the plethora of in­for­ma­tion, there was still dis­crim­i­na­tion and more

NA­DIA SKEETE, chief com­mis­sioner of the Girl Guides As­so­ci­a­tion. (RA)

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