UNV Empowers Students to help Timor-Leste achieve MDGs
“I volunteer for youth empowerment” is the theme of UN Volunteers (UNV) Field Unit programme for 2013. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne'e)
To kick-off this year’s effort, UN Volunteers sponsored a one-day briefing for the students of Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL) to enhance their ability to engage rural communities, especially youth, during their field work in the districts and empower them to solve their challenges. More than 30 students from the faculties of Education, Agriculture and Medicine participated in the event.
Experts from UNICEF, WHO and Na Terra NGO provided training in three Millennium Development Goal (MDG)-related fields; nutrition (MDG 1), water, sanitation and hygiene (MDG 7), and sustainable agriculture (MDG 7).
Students gained a better understanding of the importance of both volunteering and of the MDGs, as well as how to prepare and present an information briefing for the local communities in districts where they will do their field work.
The students were also equipped with sports materials to engage local youth, inspire a spirit of volunteerism and inform them about the importance of young people’s engagement in development and peace in Timor-Leste.
About UN Volunteers: UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UN Volunteers, throughout the world. UNV embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity.