Royalty at World Thinking Day
By Za'im Zaini

Her Royal Highness Princess Hjh Masna yesterday consented to attend the "Thinking Day 2007" which carried the theme 'Discover Your Potential: Take the Lead and Grow Friendship' organised by the Girl Guides Association of Brunei Darussalam at the headquarters of the Girl Guides Association in Kg Anggerek Desa.

Her Royal Highness Princess Hjh Masna, in her capacity as the President of the Girl Guides Association Brunei Darussalam, was greeted upon arrival by Dyg Hjh Noraini binti Ibrahim, Commissioner of Training Girl Guides Association of Brunei Darussalam and chairman of the ceremony.

The ceremony began with the recitation of the Surah Al-Fatihah followed by a choir performance, that saw the participation of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam's granddaughters, Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Raheemah Sanaul Bolkiah and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Hariisah Widadul Bolqiah, and other girl guides members from the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Foundation Primary School.

Dyg Hjh Noraini in her welcoming remarks said that the activities organised were a test of the mental, physical and emotional capabilities of the members.

"It is hoped that with the activities, their potential can be tapped and exposed which are equipped with moral values and will help them to strengthen the beliefs of the Guide's movement," she said.

After the speech, an activity for some 13 senior citizens and young members of the Girl Guides was held.

At the end of the ceremony, Her Royal Highness Princess Hjh Masna signed the poster for the Thinking Day 2007, followed by a souvenir presentation by Her Royal Highness to senior citizens.

Some 500 Girl Guide members were present at yesterday's World Thinking Day and activities centred on the involvement of senior citizens, which was part of their community service.

World Thinking Day was first held in 1926 at the 4th Girl Guides/Girl Scouts International Conference. World Thinking Day is observed every year on February 22, marking the mutual birthdays of Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scout movement and his wife Olave, who served as World Chief Guide.

Each year on February 22, the girls participate in activities, games and projects with global themes to honour their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries.

World Thinking Day offers Girl Guides and Girl Scouts an opportunity to learn more about the world around them. Girls are encouraged to design activities that increases cultural awareness and emphasises positive similarities between Girl Guides/Girl Scouts and their sisters throughout the world.

World Thinking Day 2007 focuses on three core aims which are to take the lead, grow and speak out so that more girls worldwide can develop leadership skills in a friendly and supportive environment and to build their self-esteem and take action on issues that affect them. (26th February 2007)