Commonwealth Human Rights Training for ASIA :
I have been Selected by the YHRI-India to attend the Human Rights Training for Trainers in New Delhi from March 18th 2013 to 22nd March 2013 in this many Organization and Government officials have been participated and this is conducted by commonwealth Secretariat and Indian Government.
YHRI South Asia Summit:
I have attended the South Asia Summit in Chennai on March 1st to 3rd which have been for enrich the youth on Human Rights Education the conference outreach the Delegates from the India,Srilanka,Bangladesh,Nepal,Maldives,Pakistan,Afganistan,Bhutan and others from various places from the world.
The HELPING HANDS (activity) is to provide NOTE BOOKS, GEOMERTY BOX, PEN, PENCIL, and ERASER to the Students who are under below poverty line. For Our surprise, almost all the tiny tots of the school were found under poverty line, so our team planned to give away the study materials to all the 150 kids in the school.
This Poster Contest is an important milestone in my Human Rights Career.
We the Coordinators of the YHRI-Cuddalore conducted a District Level Students Poster contest on 11th August 2012 based on the 30 Human Rights declared in UDHR.
We invited students from all the schools in our district. Nearly 500 students from various schools participated in this contest .We selected the students in 3 levels i.e. Primary (6th to 8th), High School (9th and 10th), Higher Secondary (11th and 12th) and we selected picture from all three levels. We invited our Municipal Chairman Mr P.Paneer Selvam as Chief Guest to distribute the prizes to the winners of the contest.
International walk for Human Rights:
I the Coordinator of the YHRI conducted an International Walk for Human Rights on 10th December 2012(Human Rights Day) to stretch awareness on Education on 30 of Human Rights declared in UDHR to the Public and the School Students.
I along with the coordinator of YHRI invited students from all the schools in Cuddalore district. Nearly 300 students from various schools participated in this International Walk and public were very supportive to us. They too joined us to give more strength to the event. More than 100 people joined us.
We started our walk form UNION OFFICE at 11.00 AM with 400 members via BUS STAND,4 CROSS ROAD and we completed our walk in MUNICIPAL OFFICE at 1.00 P M.
I MEGHASAN SENAPATI OF INDIA....I TEACH THE POOR N NEEDY STUDENTS OF OUR VILLAGE ALONG WITH MY STUDIES...TILL NOW I HAVE TAUGHT MORE THAN 600 STUDENTS...LAST YEAR A STUDENT OF MINE SECURED 92% IN 10TH BOARD EXAM
If not for the good mind of many people, including the MLA and MP who arranged train tickets one day before the trip, a friend booking ticket online, my journey to Delhi to be part of the UNV program would not have been possible. For me it was a pilgrimage through the heart of my nation, mingling and mixing with villagers and experiencing the incredible diversity of India. By the time I reached back I realized who I am, what I am and what I could be!!
I was determined to attend the function for two reasons. The first one was I got a great lifetime opportunity to represent my people and tell our stories to whoever I meet; secondly I personally wanted to meet Amita Dahiya as I always found her very understanding and easily approachable through the e mail communication we had had. I was sure I would be very foolish if I refused to accept the invitation, especially as I remembered my school days when as a child listening avidly to my Social Science teacher Parameswaran Sir teaching me about United Nations and the role it played in building our world more peaceful and safer.
I am not used to travelling much but my team after knowing my deep wish to be present at UNV program gave me all support. My brother Basheer and my colleague`s sister Anjana helped in raising funds for the journey and I sold a piece of my gold too (of course with no regrets!) and my colleague Anil volunteered to accompany me.
I have observed that whenever I attended seminars and conferences, I could connect with a few very good persons who later played a significant role in my social, professional and personal life. My hopes didn`t betray me as I met a few great personalities including Amita, Vedabhyas, Anuradha, T.K Mathew, Dr. Gopinath and Chandermohan. I would like add that while engaged with a rural educational initiative, with a group of children I have met and talked to Smt. Vandana Shiva at a meeting in a remote village in Wayanad. It was great to meet her again though I could`nt talk to her.
Though a program with international significance, I was totally bowled over by the simplicity with which it was organized. It was great to listen to the words of Minister Jithendra Sing and other dignitaries. The flagship publication on volunteerism was a true eye opener for all of us. For the first time in my life I realized that there are people who are as passionately as I am, or more, engaged in various elements of social development. From the book we excitedly browsed through many initiatives and people including `Shishu Panchayaths`, Ram Sundher, and Rahul. Somewhere down the line I`ve read about `Peace Gong` and I consider myself providential to be connected with this unique initiative through UNV. I also realized the spot on meaning of `volunteerism` and the true role a committed volunteer can play in nation building.
Academic programme on volunteerism
Written by A.S.Guha
The IGNOU Institute For Vocational Education & Training with the academic support of the UNV has launched a three month academic programme on Volunteerism. The course has a training model, by which the learners get case studies on Volunteering as a social effort nationally and globally. The examples cited from UNV Annual Reports add to the pragmatism levels of the course, so that the users can study examples and orient them to their immediate situation. Moreover throughout the course material the salient traits of a volunteer or a volunteer to be are apprised, and then there are defining roles of Volunteering. Examples are given, most of them hypothetical, so that the student can envisage situations for the future, and understand volunteering in meaningful contexts. The why, how and what of Volunteerism are clearly enunciated in the course content, together with course description. A framework has also been incorporated into the study material, so that it becomes the trainee's personal diary, and gives him or her, clear cut steps to proceed.
The course is initially meant to be taken to North East India, in the colleges here, and among the NSS cadres of colleges. Several colleges have responded, in Assam, Meghalay and Nagaland, and now there are about a hundred students in Handique Girls' College Guwahati in their vocational cum career guidance centre. At the end of the course the students after having picked up the nuances of volunteering will do a project of at least 1,500 words where they will they will write, based on actual experience, case studies and examples.
The future impact is to take it to the entire country and work continuously on a model of volunteerism, for peace, development and sustainability. The target group is students who have completed at least 10+2, and the NSS units of colleges will be an effective channel to strategize this course. Students should learn about humanism, caring and feeling by doing and acting. Case studies in conflict zones should further boost their morale, to think, act and feel for a suffering or dislocated humanity. Volunteering then will consist of concerns such as poverty, conflict, and areas such as disability, education, vocational education etc.
UNV launches its flagship publication on Volunteerism
International Volunteers Day
New Delhi, 07 December 2012: “The Government of India is committed to promote and recognize the important role volunteers could play in national development,” said Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (MOYAS) (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Defence, Government of India (GoI). “The values of volunteerism are relevant in strengthening a community’s capacity to achieve secure livelihoods, and to enhance physical, economic, spiritual and social well-being,” he further added. The Hon’ble Minister also recommended engaging the country’s youth— a potential and powerful resource — for nation building.
He was speaking at the launch of UNV’s flagship publication ‘Volunteering in India: Contexts, Perspectives and Discourses,’ organized by UNV on International Volunteers Day. The publication presents the perspectives and experiences of eminent people and volunteers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines on the ethos, tradition and diversity of volunteering in the Indian context. To strengthen the spirit of volunteerism in India, the Hon’ble Minister declared joint annual International Volunteers Day (IVD) celebration by MOYAS and UNV next year onwards.
The publication was launched by an impressive panel of dignitaries that included Shri Jitendra Singh,Ms. Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative; Dr. Vandana Shiva, Director, Research Foundation for Science, Technology & Ecology, New Delhi and Ms Yvonne Maharoof-Marathovouniotis, Portfolio Manager for South Asia, Development Division, UNV, Bonn, Germany.
“Volunteerism allows people to work with little but impacts more. It fosters a culture of sharing and not exclusion. The values of volunteerism are the road for the future. Young people today need to understand the futility of their ever-increasing needs and means of self-aggrandizement,” noted Dr. Vandana Shiva in her special address on the occasion.
Commending the work of volunteers in the field of social development, Ms. Lise Grande said, “Globally, India is an inspiration for volunteerism and solidarity. The publication is particularly significant as it reiterates the tremendous opportunities there are in India to harness the power of volunteerism”. Reiterating the important role played by volunteers, Ms Yvonne Maharoof-Marathovouniotis stressed, “On International Volunteer Day, let us celebrate the role of volunteerism in building the future that we want and recognize the contributions volunteers make worldwide.”
Published by UNV, the publication not only recognizes the value addition that volunteers bring to national development priorities and the society in general, but also seeks to draw attention to the dedicated community of volunteers. In addition to this, the report also outlines news trends in volunteerism in the 21stcentury.
International Volunteers Day is celebrated on 5 December every year to recognize the commitment of volunteers and volunteer organizations, to inform people about the impact of volunteering on peace and sustainable development, and to applaud volunteers for their dedication and impact.
United Nations Volunteers (UNV) is the nodal UN agency that contributes to peace and development worldwide through volunteerism. UNV believes in ‘Volunteerism for Development’. The concept of volunteerism for development centers on optimizing impact of volunteerism on peace and development. Volunteerism by many millions of people is critical to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Please visit: www.undp.org.in/unv
UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. With offices in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations. Please visit: www.in.undp.org
About the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports:
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has been bifurcated into two departments, namely, the department of Youth Affairs and the department of Sports under two different Secretaries w.e.f. 30th April 2008. The specific subjects covered by these two departments are contained in the Order of the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961. The youth, i.e., those falling within the age group of 15-35 years, constitutes nearly 40 percent of the total population of India. To optimally tap their constructive and creative energies, the Department of Youth Affairs pursues the twin objectives of personality building and nation building, i.e., developing the personality of the youth and involving them in various nation-building activities. Please visit: http://yas.nic.in
(From left to right) Ms Yvonne Maharoof-Marathovouniotis, Portfolio Manager for South Asia, Development Division, UNV, Bonn, Germany; Ms. Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative; Shri Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (MOYAS) (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Defence, Government of India; and Dr. Vandana Shiva, Director, Research Foundation for Science, Technology & Ecology, New Delhi
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Hi I am Navneet working in Child Rightrs and You (CRY) in Bangalore, India. We are organizing a felicitating event for our volutneers on December 9th.
United Nations Volunteers cordially invites you to the media launch of UNV Publication
Volunteering in India - Contexts, Perspectives and Discourses
This festive season, let’s celebrate the spirit of volunteering and active citizenship.
VSO India is organising a series of events to commemorate 5th December, International Volunteer Day.
The Young Explorers' Institute for Social Service, a civil society of Kolkata, India working for the development of Youths in West Bengal for last 21 years. Awareness generating on the effect environment pollution is one of the important area of this civil society.
I am E.M. Raju, NSS coordinator. We have organised many program to improve the quality of environment in the college and the surrounding villages. Nearly 100 volunteers are working with me and many of them are very active in strengthening the community. We have conducted Green and Clean campus program, special camps for creating awareness among villagers and identifying drop out school children. We are also promoting Eco friendly energy usages.
E.M. Raju, Associate Professor of Physics, NSS coordinator,
Vidya Jyothi Institute of Technology,
Aziznagar Gate, C.B. Post,
Hyderabad - 500075, Andhrapradesh, India