Thirty youth center representatives receive training in Volunteer Management in Egypt

Jan 27, 2014

Cairo, Egypt – Thirty youth centers representatives from 17 governorates of Egypt are in Cairo to participate in the first national Training of Trainers in Volunteer Management for youth centers, led by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme.

Under the regional project “Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future”, UNV is collaborating closely with the Ministry of State for Youth to strengthen Egypt’s youth centers, the spaces provided for youth to actively participate in social activities, civic engagement and volunteerism.

This workshop, which takes the form of a Training of Trainers, comes as a response to the capacity needs assessment carried out by UNV in collaboration with the Ministry’ Volunteerism Unit in March 2013, in which a series of recommendations were drafted.

Some of these recommendations, which are being addressed today, include the development of internal procedures and manuals for the handling of applications, recruitment, and terms and conditions of volunteers.

“Volunteer work in Egypt must be sustainable, and not seen merely as a momentum that will not leave a trace”, says Hassan Ibrahim, representative of a youth center in the Beni Suef governorate.

In this context, the workshop is not expected to simply end in the following days, but to continue through a “snowball effect”, in which today’s participants will be required to train colleagues and members of partner youth centers, and facilitate and encourage volunteer recruitment. For this, the last day of the training will be dedicated solely to planning future initiatives, and ensuring the replication of the skills acquired. UNV will be following up closely with the centers, ensuring that the training is being applied in the different governorates of Egypt.

"What the youth centers representatives will be learning in the next five days will be applied when they return back to their centers. They are the motivation for positive change by working with youth, strengthening their capabilities and providing them with tools that enable them to fulfill their individual and collective abilities," says Kawtar Zerouali, UNV Regional Youth Programme Manager, as she addresses the 30 workshop participants.

The workshop is an extension of the regional Training of Trainers in Volunteer Management which took place in Rabat, Morocco in October 2013. In fact, two of the leading trainers in today’s activity were themselves trained by UNV on the volunteer management cycle, and are now applying the skills and knowledge acquired. This is also the case for the participants from Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen who attended the regional training, and are currently working on future workshops in their countries.

Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future is a UNV-led regional project that seeks to support youth to effectively engage in the development processes of their countries through volunteerism. The training is part of the project’s efforts to strengthen the capacity of public institutions related to youth.  This initiative is part of UNV’s growing efforts to engage young people, and falls within its UN Youth Volunteers Programme.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.  Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation.

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