Thursday, 21 February 2013

British Council’s Involvement in the International Volunteer Day

British Council Egypt has the honour to participate in the International Volunteer Day (IVD) that will take place on Saturday 23 February 2013 at El Gezira Youth Centre in Zamalek, from 13.00 to 21.00. The event is run by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of State for Sports, the UN Women, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and Plan International organisation.  Event is open for everyone, entrance is free. 

With 3afer (Struggle and never give up) as a theme, the IVD will bring vital activities that give Egyptian youth the chance to work together on social development projects that help in promoting and recognizing the work of volunteers, and informing the world about the lasting impact of volunteering.

The British Council involvement will be: 

  • Sports festivals organised under the British Council’s ‘Premier Skills’ and ‘International Inspiration’ programmes for 400 children from different youth centres: Helwan,  Al Wara'a, Giza,  Manshiet nasser and saray Koba along with 50 scouts.  Festivals will be from 14.00 to 18.00.
  • A debate will be held from 18.00 to 19.00 between youth from the ‘Young Arab Voices (YAV)’ programme to discuss a motion under the title ‘This house believes: A law has to be issued for Volunteering’.  The YAV is a regional programme introduced by the British Council in partnership with Anna Lindh Foundation.  With the support of Etijah, other debating activities will be held during the day.       
  • A Kids Read Community Event will take place for children aged 6-11 featuring storytelling, arts and crafts activities and a workshop for parents. Kids Read, which aims to encourage reading among primary aged children, is a regional programme delivered by the British Council and exclusively sponsored by HSBC Bank Egypt.  Event will be from 14.00 to 17.00.

Other activities will take place during the day such as book fairs, outdoor activities and competitions for youth and children, on-the-spot career counselling, youth success stories and volunteer champions’ story telling, and Cairokee band performance.

 For further information contact:

Rose marie Gad, Communication Manager, British Council Egypt

Tel: +(202) 3344 3076



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