04 Oct International Volunteer Day Entebbe
This year, on International Volunteers Day, volunteers at the Regional Service Centre Entebbe (RSCE) organized an outreach event aimed at promoting the Concepts of Volunteerism and Volunteerism for Peace at the Entebbe Early School in Uganda.
This event saw 65 students, 35 of whom are orphans and children of prisoners on life sentences engaging in a number of activities, including a brainstorming session which focused on solutions that promote peace building and conflict resolution in schools, playgrounds and the countries around the world in conflict.
During the opening ceremony, the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) UNV Programme Manager, Mr. Stuart Moran, emphasized the importance of peaceful societies in advancing development progress, and ensuring that the Rights of children are maintained.
Students took this opportunity to create peace cards for exchange with anonymous children from neighboring country – Sudan. In the words of one of the students present – Namalawa Christine, “Children in a peaceful school are able to perform well because they interact freely with teachers. A peaceful school attracts people to bring children to study and learn, because that school is safe.”
“Today we have visited a school with displaced students and briefed them about peace and why peace is so important in life. We discovered that those children have big dreams and hopes, to live in a peaceful environment just like all others regardless of their differences in gender, social status or religion,” said Salaheldin Abdalla, UNV Supply Assistant, at the RSCE.
UN Volunteers at the RSCE, work in a number of areas including administration, human resources, finance, movement control and information technology.