Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

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Youth take part in training as part of the ‘Volunteer for My Community 2022’ programme on June 22. MoEYS

A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities.

Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “Volunteer for My Community 2022” and the formal launch of the programme’s website.

Chumneas encouraged all young people to take part in the improvement of their communities and Cambodian society as a whole through this work.

This year, the programme is being implemented in the capital and provinces across the country, with more than 400 youths volunteering.

He said the project fit one of the 12 strategies defined in the National Policy on Cambodian Youth Development. The volunteer work forum is held every year by the ministry, in collaboration with national and international organisations and relevant partners.

“The forums have trained and mobilised youths from all corners of society to dedicate their time, resources, and skills to serving the community and helping society grow,” he said.

Chumneas added that the programme aims to strengthen the technical and soft skills of youth, both in and out of school, so they are capable of carrying out projects which will develop their communities. It also aims to raise awareness of the benefits of youth volunteer work.

He encouraged the establishment of new programmes for youth which would offer them the opportunity to receive education, vocational training and encouragement to improve their skill sets.

Education minister Hang Chuon Naron on June 13 explained the importance of volunteer work, saying that Prime Minister Hun Sen had laid out a rectangular strategy which intended to guarantee that each youth acquired at least one vocational skill. This would give them a sense of independence and contribute to the development of society.

“Volunteer work is an opportunity for our youth to gain practical experience and use the knowledge they gained from school. Volunteering also means they will gain an understanding of how workplaces function,” he said.