Pljevlja’s volunteers become friends with children with disability
PLJEVLJA, 17 July 2012 – Within the It’s about ability campaign, more than 300 children with and without disability engage regularly in various volunteer activities organized by the Parents Association “Zracak nade” in Pljevlja with UNICEF’s support.
“Children from primary and high schools come to the Parents’ Association as volunteers every day. They participate in various activities – music, painting, acting, dancing, sport and literary workshops. There are around 300 volunteers and the number is increasing every day, which is essential for building an inclusive society and increasing people’s awareness of the rights of children with disability,'' President of the Parents’ Association “Zracak nade” Svetlana Dujovic said.
“I enjoy being with the volunteers. Together we study, sing and enjoy in the park. That is how I met my best friend Jelena,“ said Katarina Despotovic, a child with disability.
„I love coming to the Parents' Association. What I like the most is the sport workshop. We play football, volleyball and basketball and we go to the gym together,“ said a volunteer Dejan Krvovac.
„We performed a play at the Kotor's festival couple of days ago. Children with and without disability from the Parents Association performed together. We did so in Podgorica as well and we had a great time,“ pointed out volunteer Ognjen Dujovic.
Volunteerism is an opportunity for Montenegro’s youth to foster a respect for human rights and promote inclusion of children and people with disability in their local communities.
“We are delighted to see that young people with and without disability are becoming active within communities and presenting role models to their peers and citizens,” UNICEF Montenegro Representative Benjamin Perks said.
Through volunteerism, some of the EU core values like solidarity, active participation in society and inclusion are promoted in Montenegro.
‘’Volunteers can make a difference in Europe, as well as in countries aspiring to join the EU like Montenegro. That’s why I would like to congratulate Montenegrin volunteers, especially young volunteers, for their contribution to the transformation of their communities and for the construction of an inclusive society,’’ a. i. Head of the EU Delegation to Montenegro Alberto Cammarata concluded.