- 06 December, 2016: Reducing inequalities, alleviating suffering and improving the quality of life of the community should be the shared philosophy of Volunteering Organisations and the Government , the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Jugnauth, said on 5 December 2016 at Sir Harilal Vaghjee Memorial Hall, New Government Centre, Port Louis.
The Minister was addressing Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)at a ceremony marking the International Volunteer Day 2016. He commended the relentless social work and strong commitment of volunteers and organisations in reaching out to people in distress and called for more collaboration to enhance the Government’s mission of improving the quality of life of the community.
Mr Pravind Jugnauth also expressed Government’s endeavour in addressing these social issues, for which he pointed out, a series of measures have already undertaken, such as the Marshall Plan to eradicate absolute poverty.
Also present at the ceremony, the Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions, Mrs Jeewa Daureeawoo stressed the essential contribution of volunteers in helping social centres and community centres promote a peaceful and inclusive society. She underlined the need for more volunteers while advocating for the professionalising of the social sector through innovation.
In that sense, the Government will strengthen its existing collaboration with the NGOs. In parallel, required training and financial assistance will enable these organisations to enhance their services the Minister said. She mentioned that as part of this initiative, the setting up of a National Council for social work and an NGO capacity building scheme in view of structuring and monitoring the system, have been planned.
The event in Mauritius was also marked by the award of certificates to several Volunteering organisations in a bid to recognise their commitment and invaluable contribution.
International Volunteer Day, observed annually on 5 December, highlights and celebrates the power and potential of volunteerism to the social development. It is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer organisations, to raise awareness of, and gain recognition for, the contribution they make to their communities. This year’s theme is Global Applause-Give volunteers a hand.
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