Consultation spotlights policies on youth’s voluntary activities hinh anh 1Youth volunteers help farmers harvest rice in Nong Cong district, Thanh Hoa province, which was recently hit by storm Doksuri (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Home Affairs and the United Nations Volunteers Programme held a consultation in Hanoi on September 19 to discuss policies on youth’s voluntary activities.

Participants shared the view that the youth volunteering movement has continually developed since 2012 with activities geared towards local demand. It has been carried out in more widespread areas by diversified members. The movement has paid attention to voluntary activities by local youth while attracting the participation of other social forces.

Voluntary activities have educated young people on ethical and humane values along with the volunteer spirit, thus contributing to local and national development.

However, delegates at the workshop also pointed that there remains a gap between local demand for voluntary activities and local youth unions’ organisation capacity. The youth unions at different levels have failed to devise effective solutions to gather all persons able to engage in voluntary activities.

The frequent change of leaders of youth union chapters has also hindered the maintenance of the movement. Meanwhile, financial, costume and insurance support for youth volunteers hasn’t been stipulated.

Participants said Vietnam is going to integrate into the world in an increasingly intensive and substantive fashion between 2017 and 2022. Hence, it is important to continue overhauling youth-relevant documents so that the Party and State can issue necessary programmes, resolutions and policies to open up opportunities to optimise the young generation’s potential.

Meanwhile, young people and youth unions should improve the awareness of their role and the sense of responsibility towards the fight against poverty and backwardness, they added.-VNA