SHARJAH: Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and Patron of Sharjah Girl Guides (SGG), reiterated the importance of creating a community spirit among girls and encouraging them to take the initiative in serving all people in the UAE, irrespective of their culture, creed or nationality.
Her Highness underlined the need to equip girls with the necessary skills and tools to perform their roles in giving back to the country, safeguarding its resources and raising its level of accomplishments.
Sheikha Jawaher honoured 130 girls, including 78 Brownies (aged 7-11), and 52 Guides (aged 12-15), who were decorated with badges in recognition of their participation in SGG’s array of workshops and training courses conducted throughout the year.
The badges of excellence were awarded for five main categories: sports, community service, guiding world, arts and culture.
The annual badge ceremony was held as part of the Sharjah Girl Guides annual festival, which was held at its headquarters in Sharjah under the title “Future Pioneers” on Wednesday evening, and continued until Thursday evening.
Before the ceremony commenced, Sheikha Jawaher toured the accompanying exhibition, which included five “gates” in the exhibition area, where each gate hosted a specific workshop tailored to its theme for the Guides and Brownies.
Sheikha Jawaher listened to the Guides and Brownies about their achievements and the goals they seek to achieve from their participation at SGG.
Her Highness expressed her pride in SGG’s members and their unswerving commitment to serve as role models.
She paid tribute to the girls’ dedication in inspiring their peers to follow in their footsteps, noting that they chose to take up guiding and voluntary work as a means of expressing their love for the UAE, its leadership and its people.
She praised SGG’s efforts in supporting these girls by building their capacities and investing in their talents for the benefit of themselves, their families and their community.
“The Girl Guides movement in the UAE is an extremely important national activity because of its role in bringing girls together to love, serve and dedicate themselves to their country.
“In addition to encouraging its members to preserve the country’s customs, culture and traditions, it equips them with the skills to hold the highest positions once they attain adulthood.
“The Scouting Movement, of which the Girl Guides is a part, is an integral aspect of community work and one that contributes to the development of the country. These girls constitute the core of our nation’s future achievements,” said Sheikha Jawaher.
She highlighted the need to support the Scouting Movement in order to strengthen the community and culture of Sharjah and the UAE.
CATALYST OF CHANGE
She said the badges will serve as an incentive for the girls to carry on the same noble path and become catalysts for change by instilling the values of volunteering and giving among their family members and among their peers at school.
In her speech at the ceremony, Shaikha Abdul Aziz Al Shamsi, Assistant Manager at SGG, praised Sheikha Jawaher’s patronage and support for SGG’s efforts, which she said stems from Her Highness’ belief that altruism and community spirit are the cornerstones of cultural achievement, progress and the cohesion of society.
“In reviewing the efforts of Sharjah over the past 40 years, one can see the incredible level of support and attention given by Sheikh Sultan to build human capacity and lay the foundation for development and evolution.