05 December 2005
A section of the audience at the International Volunteer Day celebration in Lusaka, Zambia on 5 December 2005. (Photo: UN Volunteers Zambia)Lusaka, Zambia:
The Zambian government says it is committed to promoting the spirit of volunteerism and supporting initiatives aimed at empowering the community for national development.
Community Development and Social Services Deputy Minister Ronald Banda noted that volunteers are critical and key towards the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Mr. Banda was speaking at the commemoration of the International Volunteer Day (IVD) in Lusaka today.
He said government places a lot of value on volunteerism because volunteers will aid community and national strides towards the attainment of MDGs.
He urged stakeholders to support volunteers so as to enable them participate in the enhancement of the national development.
Presently there over 20, 000 organised and thousands of unorganised volunteers are engaged in socio-economic development of the country.
The United Nations (UN) country representative Aeneas Chuma said the International Volunteer Day provides a unique opportunity to recognize the important contribution volunteers make in communities and towards national development.
Mr. Chuma noted that measures should be undertaken to ensure continuity of efforts to promote volunteerism through active participation and being proactive in achieving the spirit of volunteerism in Zambia.
He pointed out that there is need for stakeholders to partner with government in ensuring that the MDGs are meet by 2015.
Mr Chuma has since urged the national committee to draw a realistic plan for the promotion of volunteerism in the country.