He made the remarks yesterday during his talks with the executive coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, Olivier Adam at the State House in Zanzibar. The two discussed various issues including how to cement the existing relationship.
The President said that UNV is an important UN programme which plays crucial roles in the implementation of different development projects in the Isles.
He said that UNV has for years supported Zanzibar’s development in the health, agriculture and several other sectors.
Dr Shein appealed for UNV support to Zanzibar’s youth entrepreneurship center to enable graduates to benefit with the training.
He said that youth, in both Unguja and Pemba Islands should be provided with loans to be able to establish businesses.
Dr Shein also called upon UNV to assist Zanzibar for science subject teachers in secondary schools.
He said despite government efforts to sensitise students to learn subjects, the deficit of teachers is a major challenge.
On the health sector, Dr Shein appealed to the UNV to assist Zanzibar with specialist doctors to conduct complicated surgeries as the government strives to train its own doctors.
Olivier Adam promised continued support to Zanzibar’s development activities, saying that UNV is willing to support the health sector by providing specialist doctors as well as the youth through establishment of different programmes. He said that UNV works with experienced personnel who can assist Zanzibar in a number of sectors.
UNV programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. It works with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism.
UNV deploys on the ground almost 7,000 UN volunteers in over 130 countries.
An additional 12,000 UN online volunteers dedicate their time and efforts virtually, proving that anyone anywhere can contribute to peace and development.