Initial training for newly-assigned UN Youth Volunteers

Sep 7, 2015

United Nations Youth Volunteers prior to assignment. Credit: Marc Ngwanza PNUD-RDC 2015

Between 24th and 28th of August this year, nine recently recruited UN Youth Volunteers engaged to evaluate the impact of UNICEF health and education programmes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo , plus three UN Youth Volunteers with UNICEF Cameroon and UNREC Togo followed an initial training course in Kinshasa prior to the assignment.
This training course delivered by UN Volunteer programme (UNV) with the support of PNUD, UNICEF and MONUSCO enabled reinforcement of the participants’ skills in the management of cross-cultural issues and gender equality. 
Yohann Bouvier, UN Youth Volunteer in charge of assessments of Franco-Zimbabwean activity, based in Goma, in eastern DRC, said “This course has helped me to become aware of the opportunities available to us as Youth Volunteers in promoting peace and also in developing projects which can be put in place in our respective appointed regions during the UNICEF assignment.”
In his opening speech, Mr. Alfredo Teixeira, Assistant Director of UN Development Programme (PNUD) stressed the idea of voluntarism as “an ideal means of including young people and bringing them into the processes promoting peace and sustainable human development.”
The UN Youth Volunteer programme is an initiative aimed at young people aged 19 to 29.  Its principal objective is to promote peace and durable human development among young people by opening the dialogue to include them and by enabling young people to fully develop their social, economic and personal potential.
Axelle Fidelin, UN Youth Volunteer for YV co-ordination added “This programme will enable young people from widely different backgrounds to work closely within their community and to develop their skills proactively within the programme.”
Marc Lalanne, UNV Programme Officer in the DRC, underlined the fact that the United Nations Youth Volunteer programme is an opportunity for all those involved in and committed to the future of the DRC and the Congolese people to accept the challenges with courage, determination and creativity and to seek effective and lasting solutions. He added “It is hoped that the UN Volunteer programme will be developed to become the model for new partner organisations.”

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