From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

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In Sierra Leone, VIONET Educates Stakeholders on Volunteerism
By Augustine Samba
Nov 24, 2010, 17:04

Volunteer Involving Organization Network (VIONET) in collaboration with other stakeholders on Thursday simultaneously organized a workshop on the forthcoming International Volunteer Day and launched the 10th anniversary of the international year of volunteers at NaCSA Head Office in Freetown.

In attendance at the ceremony were a host of personalities representing various agencies, including the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, UNDP, NMJD and civil society organizations among others.

In his statement, the United Nations Volunteer Programme Officer, Andrew Chishakwe said the workshop was a move to educate the citizens of Sierra Leone to be inclusive nationally in the celebration of the international volunteer day which will be on the 6th December on the theme: Managing our Natural Resources to Eradicate Poverty and Hunger. The theme was deliberately chosen to motivate every Sierra Leonean to render a free service through a patriotic vision to develop their country. He lined up many activities for the Volunteer Day comprising a symposium, a workshop and a national conference in major cities across the country.

Andrew Chishakwe also gave a brief background of the coming into existence of the International Volunteer Day as a resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1985, and that since then governments and countries within the UN system and civil societies have successful joined volunteers around the global to celebrate this day.

Deputy Director Forestry, Mr. Abduyl A.F Conteh said managing our natural resources was the main aim of his ministry and especially the forestry department. He informed that it was paramount for civil societies to come on board to manage resources in the country so that next generation will have a better chance.



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