This report documents the activities of IVD 2014 in Lesotho, focusing on local participation of youth and volunteers involving organizations (VIOs) in the Kingdom. The report highlights the on the key issues of partnerships and local participation through youth groups and youth-focused VIOs operating at local levels in the country.
Preliminary planning for IVD 2014 was initiated and begun as early as during the process of developing the Annual Work Plan for 2014, when IVD was mentioned as a key component of the 2014 work plan and budget. However, the actual planning of activities for the celebrations started at about September 2014, with series of preliminary meetings with few VIOs in Lesotho. Initially, UNV Lesotho engaged the collaboration of seven youth-focused VIOs, including the National Volunteer Corps (NVC), the volunteer agency of government, administered by the Ministry of Gender, Youth, Sports and Recreation. The other organizations included: Rise Up Youth Organization, Campaign for Education Forum, Lesotho Best Models, Supreme Talents Agency, Lesotho Work Camp, SENTEBALE (The Princes’ Trust), LNFOD (disabled people agency), Lesotho Dance Association. These organizations were each represented on the planning committee by a volunteer or two or more volunteers.
The Term of Reference of the planning committee included the identification and development of programme activities for the IVD, identification of venues and participants for the activities and scheduling of activities leading the main celebrations on 5 December 2014. The Planning committee was chaired by the National volunteer Corps and co-chaired by two other VIOs, with UNV serving as a mentor. Upon Request, two UN agencies provided resource/material supports to aspect of the IVD 2014. The United Nations Population Agency (UNFPA) supported the organization and hosting of a one-day Youth Sports Tournament in Mohale’s Hoek District, while and United Nations Agency on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) provided support to the main celebrations day of IVD 2014 on 5 December in Maseru. The two UN agencies also added components to the activities of each event, to include awareness raising on life skills development for young Basotho. Though several activities were initially suggested to be included into the events leading to the main celebrations day on 5 December, however, due to logistics and resource limitations, the listing of activities was later modified to include the following events, which were successfully executed as parts of IVD 2014. As part of the celebrations of IVD 2014, UNV conducted series of activities leading to 5 December, the official day for the IVD celebrations. The IVD team selected 6 of the Lesotho’s 10 districts to conduct 3 different activities: namely, community youth sports tournament, community services to older people/old folks’ homes, and youth debates on volunteerism and its benefits for economic development.
A community youth sports tournament was held in Mohale’s Hoek in mid-November. The tournament involved seven youth sports teams: six male soccer teams, 3 female soccer teams and 2 female volleyball teams. Approximately 300 persons attended the tournament, and UNV and its partners endeavoured to reach everyone in attendance to participate in the offline My World Survey activities. Most people in attendance were students. The tournament was organized in collaboration with a local youth group and few community schools. Prizes for the participants were provided by UNFPA. The Prizes included sport kits, each containing sports (soccer and volleyball jerseys), balls, socks, and other soccer or volleyball equipment. UNV conducted a one day community service to old folks’ homes in Thaba Tseka as part of the IVD 2014. UNV and partners VIOs engaged the collaboration of a nursing college and technical institute to conduct the community activities at the homes of 6 very old ladies (ages 85 – 89). Students from the nursing college and UN volunteers and other VIOs conducted such activities as general clean-up of the residences of the old people (sweeping and cleaning), washing of dirty clothes and household utensils/dishes, resetting of household furniture, etc. Students from the Thaba Tseka Technical Institute carried out such activities as painting of walls and doors, repairs of super structure and roofing Students from 5 high schools in Botha Bothe District participated in a youth debate on volunteerism and its benefits to national economic development of Lesotho. The schools participating in the debate included St Paul High School, Soofia English Medium and High School, Likila High School, etc. The debate was not a competition with winners. Every student taking part in the debate received prizes of a certificate of participation and a medal. Two students who performed exceptionally well in the debate received an additional gold medal for their extra-ordinary performances. All certificates and medals were provided by UNV Lesotho. In attendance at the debate were the teachers of all participating schools, and the district education officer of Botha Bothe District Mr. Mosiuoa Moshoeshoe, and the youth development officer of the district. UNV also provided refreshment for all participants and spectators at the debate. The official celebrations of IVD 2014 in Lesotho took place on 5 December in Maseru. IVD 2014 planning team invited senior government officials to make statements on volunteerism at the programme. Those invited included Her Majesty The Queen of Lesotho, the Ministers of Gender/Youth, Health, and Social Development.
The programme kicked up in the morning with a parade (‘Fund Walk’) from the Sesotho National stadium to the Conference Room (Theatre) of the Ministry of Health. VIOs and youth groups and students who participated in various IVD activities participated in the March. Students and youth were transported from few districts to participate in the parade, as well as NVC volunteers assigned in various host organizations around Maseru and environs.
The parade was followed by an indoor programme, involving various activities, including a speech by the Minister of Health, who spoke on the benefits of volunteerism on the health of the person..
The Resident Coordinator of UN Lesotho, Ms. Karla Hershey spoke on Volunteerism and Gender-Based Violence, and their impacts on national development. Other speaking were representatives of the Minister of Gender and Youth, and the Minister of Social Development.
Highlights of the programme included a panel discussion on the “double Jeopardy” of HIV/AIDS and Gender-Based Violence on Lesotho Development. This portion of the programme was facilitated in collaboration with a team from UNDP and UNAIDS as part of the 16 Days of Activism. The discussions were facilitated by UNAIDS and included panellists from UNV, UNDP and the Ministry of Gender.
Other highlights included a cultural performance on Gender-Based Violence and Violence against Women by a youth group based in Maseru. Every activity of the IVD 2014 in Lesotho was accompanied by a conduct of the My World Survey. A segment of each activity included awareness on the Post-2015 agenda and the conduct of the UN global survey on the world we want.
Other topics for awareness raising at these activities included volunteerism for peace and development, GBV, human rights, and gender equality. 1, 2All photos posted in this document can be credited to Cooper Mykers, UNV Programme Officer, Lesotho.
YRIPP is the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program. YRIPP delivers a high quality system of adult volunteers called “Independent Persons” who attend police interviews with young people in police custody when a parent or guardian is not available. YRIPP also seeks to divert young people from future offending through early intervention at the point of police contact.
As a team of 16 British Nationals we volunteered with Restless Development through the ICS scheme funded by DFiD and went to Zambia for 3 months. We worked with our national counters parts of 21 Zambian volunteers. We worked in groups of 3 or 4 (mixed nationalities) in local rural schools and clinics to help engage young people. This involved passing on our messages of Sexual Reproductive Health lessons and advice on livelihoods and employability skills.
We are a groupp of volunteers who deliver training to war effected young girls through sport (basketball) and support them to go back to school. Many girls are unable to go to school or drop the school and are on the streets trying to make life their own way.
Nous sommes des élèves qui se battent pour le maintien de la paix dans les établissement de notre capitale Abidjan en éradiquant toute forme de violence au sein de ces établissement en inaugurant des murs de paix, des sensibilisations et des journées socio-culturelles placés sous le signe de la non-violence
Nous sommes une association des jeunes animateurs de l’Afrique pour le développement local (A.J.A.A.DE.L) qui est nouvellement créé, basée au senegal et en guinée (conakry). Nous voulons être volontaires de votre plate-forme pour bénéficier de vos compétences dans le but de renforcer de notre capacité en développement local.
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A group of individuals used to gather every Sunday at the open ground of Salt Lake; they were Cubs, Scouts and Rovers, they used to learn scouting and to work for the betterment of their society. Initially there was a Scout group only; later on, a Guide group was also inducted. It was twenty years back, now those Cubs, Scouts and Rovers, are quite grown ups as most of them are today engaged in studying or working as young professionals.
Building scientific temperament
Amateur Wireless activity is a scientific hobby, but for full-fledged operation, one should certainly pass out the examination to get the license, under Government of India, Ministry of Communication. Mr. Sushanta De, who is a license operator and at the same time the Honorary. The Secretary of this organisation. He along with his group had previously organized World Wide Wireless Radio communication, for Scouts & Guides, which is known as “Jamboree on the air.” The Representive of this Institute taking sessions at Administrative Training Institute, Government of West Bengal on the strengthening communication for Disaster Management
A wide range of programme were organized by this society at Birla Industrial Technology Museum, Kolkata, Science Museum at Burdwan, Purulia and mobile exhibition at salt Lake, visits at various Radio Stations at Kolkata, Simla, Allahabad, Leh and Syleth( Bangladesh. The programme on youth development, adventure, environment, volunteerism and international friendship were broadcasted.
For making international brotherhood this institute took initiative to know the SAARC Countries, visited SAARC Secretariat, support was extended to the team who took up a SAARC Safari in 1995 by 3 motor cycles. SAARC PUBLICATIONS were handed over to Indian National library.
During January 2005, World Peace Congress held at Kolkata, it was organized by International Society for Intercultural Studies and Research. The Department of Post, Government of India, released a special cover, the lay out of the same was done by the young member, and this was arranged by this Institute.
To know the serious problems and the darker side of our society, one of their member participated in a National level competition on the hot burning topic, ‘Do the boys and girls are having equal rights?’ organized by Unnati Features, a leading feature group of New Delhi and which was rightly supported by United Nations Population Fund. He won a merit award for his entry along with other 50 other students.
Institute’s representive was invited to take part various programme, two of them are: a) French Expertise in an Indian context for urban and industrial environment, this was held at Kolkata in March 2003,
b) Consultation on National Water Policy: Problems and alternatives at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, April 2003. Environment awareness progrmmes On their initiative, an audio visual on Rain Water harvesting of Purulia was prepared in Bengali language, this was included second National level film festival on wild life and environment held in New Delhi. The new threats by global warming and its subsequent effects is definitely a major concern for all of us; their representatives took part in two expeditions on river Ganga, starting from Maharajpur, Bihar to Behrampure (West Bengal), covered a distance of 190 kms in just five days. In the next year another venture from Behrampure to Kolkata, a distance of 300 kms. This time by rafts, both this expeditions were organized by The Institute of Exploration Regional unit Behrampure. · An exhibition on Ganga was organized at State Central Library for mass awareness, it was a five days programme in which the subject was presented by visuals, prints, audio visuals and performing arts. Such awareness programme were organized in various districts of South Bengal, this were mainly in educational Institutes, museums, and libraries
· A special tram was used for awareness generating among the citizens of Kolkata, the teachers, students and parents took part in this programme. They spread the message ‘peoples participation to protect the environment’.
· Institute published a Bengali monthly, titled ‘Youth Forum’; it is mainly to promote volunteerism among the civil society.
· Students of West Bengal Judicial Science, Vidyasagar University & Viswabhrati took part with this Institute for their practical works.
· International Youth Day was organized at Jadavpur University, Kolkata in 2006.
· Six days joint programmes on the “Role of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose, INA & East Asia’s countries for India’s freedom struggle.
· Wall climbing training, awareness programmes for Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.
· Institute was financed by charity and grants from Government of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Department of Culture, Government of West Bengal, Department of Environment and West Bengal Pollution Control Board, private funding agency and individuals. The Income Tax authority has granted this Institute to accept the donation, which will be exempted under 80 G. Contributor Sushanta De
Volunteering in Physical grooming and development. We had our first community project this year 2014 with the help of the Lyceum of the Philippines-Laguna, Brgy. Makiling Calamba City, Laguna, St. Cabrini Medical Center, Calamba Medical Center and AFS Intercultural Program Philippines to share the blessings from above. We have had our Free Circumcision and haircut to help them with physical grooming and development. This projects aims to provide free of charge service to ensure that even the less fortunate ones can avail services intended for all. The said project was been attended by the Makiling people together with a lot volunteers including the staff from Barangay. They (Beneficiaries) were requested to maintain this kind of activity. The project was been conducted last May 3, 2014.
The issue of child abuse, neglected alongside raping of young girls too much in the sub region of Sierra Leone, has been coming in from media houses throwing light on the these ugly situation on the ground. However, awareness raising is the key to all these that are happening today,today we are making the international day for radio with strong believe there is a need to empower young school going pupils/students for them to tell a story that will be worthwhile, with support from the international community will help enhance their civilization.
Salut! Je suis Gerol Sylvère NGANAFEI, Etudiant au Master 1 SCIENCES ET TECHNIQUES DE GESTION, Spécialité: Gestion des Ressources Humaines à l'Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD). Dynamique, rigoureux et autonome, je suis désireux de mettre mes compétences à contribution et je suis certain que notre collaboration sera tout aussi profitable à votre programme qu'à mon parcours professionnel.