Oriental scholars volunteer for human rights
30 January 2009
Kiev, Ukraine: On 5 December 2008, the Kiev School of Oriental Languages conducted lessons for senior pupils within the project 'Volunteers for Human Rights organized by the All-Ukrainian Youth Public organization 'Service for Peace' and the NGO 'Peer to peer'.
Lecturers from 'Service for Peace' and the 'New Vision' Association talked to the pupils about the importance and value of volunteerism. There was a discussion about how to practice volunteerism in the school and within the local community. Representatives of the United Nations and Amnesty International in Ukraine talked about the meaning of this international day.
On the same day, in the afternoon, a community service project was organized in the National OHMADIT Hospital for children with special needs. About 30 volunteers from the National Aviation University, the National Transportation University and the NGO 'Service for Peace' helped with cleaning activities.
The next day, the Kiev School of Oriental Languages held a training session on human rights where trainers from the NGO 'Peer to peer' organized a programme for 18 pupils. During this training, participants looked for theoretical and practical solutions to the global challenges that the world is facing today, developing their creative and team-building skills.
Finally an event was held in Khreshchatik Street, the main street of Kiev, where all participants joined to distribute fliers with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. After that, all volunteers gathered together holding balloons on which was written 'Volunteers for Human Rights', then releasing them into the sky.
Similar campaigns were held in another nine cities in Ukraine, with around 212 volunteer participants and an audience of around 301 people.