United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Belarus held a workshop on volunteers' engagement

For more than 70 years, UNICEF has been working for the benefit of every child. Volunteers - active and passionate young people - help us in this. More than 9,000 volunteers will work this summer at the II European Games in Minsk. UNICEF in Belarus together with the Directorate of the Games held a 2-day workshop on involving young people in volunteering activities. 

Not only UNICEF team and volunteers participated in the workshop - the event also gathered the Directorate of The 2nd European Games 2019, Belarusian Football Federation, Sports Administration of Executive Committees, Olympic Reserve School. UNICEF Belarus also invited foreign collegues to be the key speakers and facilitators at the event: David Ponet, the leader of the Global Volunteer Office at UNICEF headquarters in New York, and Adam Bailey, Senior Campaign Adviser at UNICEF UK.

The workshop was organized according to the principles of design thinking, that is, using non-standard and creative methods of ideas generation and brainstorming. Young people, today's and potential volunteers actively participated in each stage of the workshop along with UNICEF staff and partners. After all, for the effective involvement of volunteers, it is important to understand what young people want, what inspires them, what ideas they have in mind.

In two days, the workshop participants have worked out innovative ideas for attracting volunteers in Belarus: not only for the II European Games but also for the future.

An African proverb says:“ If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together, ”said David Ponet, speaker and facilitator of the workshop. “To make the world a better place for every child, we need help and the strength of people - active, motivated volunteers.”

“Thanks to the workshop, we, volunteers and our partners will have even greater inspiration for innovation and even more creativity in involving volunteers with UNICEF. This is especially important now, in the year of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child”, - believes UNICEF representative in Belarus Dr. Rashed Mustafa Sarwar.