Experts emphasise recognising voluntary work to achieve SDGs
The government is formulating a policy for the voluntary works in the country
During every crisis in the country, some people voluntarily extend their support and work to overcome the crisis without getting any recognition.
Experts at a programme marking the International Volunteer Day urged the agencies concerned to bring such voluntary work under a national framework which will accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The programme titled "Volunteering for Achieving SDGs in Bangladesh" was jointly organised by the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives, Department of Youth Development, Ministry of Youth and Sports, WaterAid and UNV Bangladesh on 5 December in the capital.
At the event, Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives Minister Md Tazul Islam said the government is formulating a policy for the voluntary works in the country.
"At present, it is waiting for the prime minister's nod. After finalising the policy, voluntary work will be recognised by the government," he said, adding that it will encourage volunteers in the country.
"A volunteer must be healthy, skilful and ethical. When a student will take part in any voluntary work, he will be given a certificate," added Tazul Islam.
Aminul Islam Khan, secretary of Technical and Madrasah Division of education ministry, said, "Only formal education is not enough now. A student should have adaptive capacity, partnership skill and networking efficiency to make him more presentable and eligible in the competitive world."
"Voluntary work will also help them learn the skills which are not less worthy than formal education," said Aminul urging that voluntary work can be made a component of education.
UN Resident Coordinator of Bangladesh Mia Seppo said volunteers' work can be recognised by rewarding and honouring them.
She said, "Recognition of the volunteers is crucial to promote their work and sacrifice. Bangladesh is a potential place for volunteerism as a big part of the population here are young."
"Their participation in the voluntary work is important to achieve SDGs," she added.
Md Akhter Hossain, secretary of Ministry of Youth and Sports, said young people are the driving force of the country. "And through 71 training centres, we are providing skill development training to the young on several issues especially on agriculture."
"We are also working to make them aware of drug abuse and inspiring them for voluntary work," he added.