Speaking during the International Volunteers Day, held at Tengeru section of Arumeru, the District Executive Director, Emmanuel Mkongo pointed out that, Tanzania has many volunteers, both local and foreign, but few of these are in the education sector, most preferring to serve in other fields.
“If there is one sector which needs volunteers in the country, then it is the education sector, we have many youths who are still at home, tarmacking for employment, forgetting that they can also undertake volunteering services where they may gain experience that cultivate them to become more employable, while also helping others in the process,” stated DED Mkongo.
In Arusha, the International Volunteer Day was organised by the Youth Oriented ‘Deustche Stiftung Welbevolkerung’ (DSW) organisation and attended by representatives from the United Nations, UN Volunteers and the United Nations Development Programme.
Christine Musisi the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative to Tanzania said there are 65 UN Volunteers in Tanzania and 50 percent of them happen to be women, adding it is a noble vocation.
Meanwhile, Peter Owaga, the DSW country director, said in Arusha the volunteers marked the day by holding exhibitions, tree planting and conducting cleaning exercise at the Arumeru District Hospital in addition to staging edutainment activities.
“The event reinforced the idea of promoting greater utilisation of volunteers for building an inclusive future,” he said.
The Programme manager for DSW, Philomena Marijani said her organisation specializes in training and empowering the youth and so far has over one million young people are volunteering in various fields across the nation.
Some volunteers used the occasion to share their experiences; among them a UNEP envoy Hyuk Hwang; Christine Angua Buchiri of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) volunteering for refugees, Rehema Salim from Babati and Ramadhan Aboubakar a hearing impaired person who volunteers for the disabled group.
The International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development, more commonly referred to as International Volunteer Day, is an international observance mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1985.