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Area Girl Scouts Mark ‘World Thinking Day’

Hanover — Nearly 50 members of the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains Four Rivers Community took part in a recent event marking “World Thinking Day.”

The event last month at the Richard W. Black Community Center included exhibits, hands-on activities and talks about education in Egypt, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Benin, along with food from each of the countries.

Topics included career exploration and the serious challenges facing students in various countries, such as war and laws banning girls from school.

Keynote speaker Lisa Torres, a Lebanon High School science teacher, described her experience teaching in El Salvador, and the Girls Scouts donated school supplies to send to the students Torres worked with in that country.

World Thinking Day was created by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. It’s based on the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals, which aim to improve the lives of the world’s poorest people.

This year’s theme, “girls worldwide say, ‘education opens doors for all girls and boys,’” relates to the goal of achieving universal primary education, and is especially focused on ensuring girls have access to education. — Staff report