UN staff in Ankara meet children

01 Dec 2011


UN staff members joined UN Resident Coordinator Shahid Najam on 18th of November by volunteering personally for a non-governmental organisation TEGV (Türkiye Eğitim Gönüllüleri Vakfı or Turkey Education Volunteers Foundation), which is engaged in supporting primary educational for children nationwide and promotion of volunteerism.

New Horizons - UN Resident Coordinator Najam and other UN officers from UNDP, FAO and UNV volunteered in daily activities of TEGV Ankara Semahat-Dr. Nüsret Education Park leading workshops for children together with more experienced volunteers.

The UN and TEGV volunteers helped children in arts, reading, mathematics, positive attitude and sports.

During the day, volunteering as a corporate social responsibility activity has also been introduced – something in which increasingly many Turkish companies already engage.

The objective for this first of its kind event was to celebrate volunteerism in Turkey and the contribution it makes to the society.

The event also provided UN staff an opportunity to contribute personally to children's lives.

The event was organised jointly by UN Volunteers and TEGV to celebrate International Year of Volunteering +10.

IYV+10 is a global campaign, initiated by the UN, to enhance the recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteering.

The campaign calls everyone – UN agencies, governments, volunteer organisation, civil society, private sector – to celebrate volunteerism as an expression of our common humanity.

They are encouraged to recognise the role of volunteerism in building solidarity and respects, in helping both individuals and society at large, achieving Millennium Development Goals and in contributing towards human development