Ministry of Youth and Nahno host event to celebrate young volunteers in Jordan
Ahead of International Volunteer Day on 5 December, 350 young Nahno volunteers join the Ministry of Youth, Crown Prince Foundation and UNICEF in Irbid to celebrate solidarity through volunteering
IRBID, 3 December 2022 – Under the patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Youth Muhammad Al-Nabulsi, and together with the partners from the Nahno platform - the Ministry of Youth, the Crown Prince Foundation, UNICEF and 350 youth volunteers – an event was held in Irbid today to celebrate the contribution made by young volunteers in Jordan to building solidarity in their communities and society.
During the event, young volunteers from across the country presented their personal experiences of creating social impact through volunteering in their communities and on a national level. The volunteers also engaged in panel discussions with the Ministry and Nahno partners to discuss current challenges and their ideas to build a volunteering culture in Jordan.
During his speech, His Excellency the Minister of Youth Muhammad Al-Nabulsi said, "This year, we celebrate International Volunteer Day in Jordan under the slogan "Volunteerism as a Culture". The benevolent volunteer efforts put forth by volunteers, individuals and institutions are a cornerstone of the culture of developed societies, with its values, principles, and ethics, the humanitarian message it carries, and its noble goals that contribute to the nation’s progress and development.”
For his part, Director of Community Outreach at the Crown Prince Foundation Ahmad El-Zubi said in a speech, "The Crown Prince Foundation's belief in volunteering and its importance is the basis on which it builds its values, initiatives, and programmes. This stems from the work of HRH Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II which culminated in the launch of the Al Hussein Bin Abdullah II Award for Voluntary Service, as well as the “Nahno” platform by the Crown Prince Foundation, a national platform for youth volunteering and participation, established in cooperation with several partners.”
“We are proud of the young volunteers in the Nahno programme who have contributed greatly to building a vibrant and meaningful volunteering culture in Jordan,” said Shairose Mawji, Deputy Representative, UNICEF Jordan “I encourage every young person to visit the Nahno portal and register to volunteer in your community, which will also build your skills for a successful future.”
Nahno, the national adolescent and youth volunteering platform, has engaged 100,000 volunteers in over 2.9 million hours of volunteering since it started in late 2021. There are currently more than 350,000 meaningful engagement and volunteering opportunities on Nahno portal in which young people can join.
This year’s International Volunteer Day 2022 on 5 December focuses on solidarity through volunteering – with the slogan ‘Together, Act Now’.
Nahno, the National Platform for Volunteering and Engagement, is generously supported by the Kingdom of the Netherlands through the PROSPECTS partnership and the United States Government.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children in Jordan, visit www.unicef.org/jordan.