The annual event, held by the Volunteers for Peace Viet Nam Club in collaboration with British Council Viet Nam and the Centre for Sustainable Development Studies, aims at connecting Viet Nam’s youth volunteering movements with international movements, promoting volunteer programmes in Viet Nam and facilitating youth and community development.
Following the success of the five previous GVD editions, this year’s event under the theme ‘Active Citizens - Peaceful Engagement - Sustainable Living’ brings international cultural exchanges to young people and also offers them opportunities to learn about volunteer projects and make exchanges with active citizens around the globe.
Speaking at the opening, deputy director of British Council Viet Nam Ian Robinson stressed that amid the current wave of global integration and ongoing national development, there are many social problems that countries around the world have to face. In this context, social initiatives, including volunteering activities contribute to addressing these challenges.
Under the active citizen programme by the British Council together with local partners in Viet Nam, over 2,000 young people have benefited from training programmes and 17 social projects have been supported through the initiative, Robinson said, adding that GVD 2016 gives young people the opportunity to experience active citizenship and see the positive impact that the programme has brought about.
With three major contents, including I & Me - targeting self- improvement, I & You – experiencing cultural exchange and the stage, and I & Community - a gallery sharing volunteer opportunities at home and abroad, GVD 2016 provides a diverse range of volunteering activities to help young people improve themselves and contribute to community activities.