Call for national register of volunteers

Both the Ministry of Education and the police have called for a national register of volunteers, to help them access certain benefits.


Amira Agarib

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Published: Wed 17 Jul 2013, 12:44 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 12:22 PM

Attendees at a Ramadan Majilis organised by the Sharjah Awards for Voluntary Work were told volunteering is a humanitarian issue. The event was hosted by Lt-General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, under the title “Voluntary work and education”. He stressed the importance of education in attracting the younger generations to voluntary work.

Volunteering is a symbol of solidarity among members of society and its institutions, and it also enhances goodness and good deeds as a human practice which will have a positive impact on the life of the individual, he said.

The Majlis has discussed the role of volunteerism in supporting nations and people.

Government institutions and semi-government departments should play a role in establishing the principle of volunteerism through programmes and projects, he added.

He said voluntary work in the UAE had witnessed a significant shift over the past few years, with a number of new initiatives, especially sports, cultural and technical events.

Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami, Minister of Education and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Sharjah Award for Voluntary Work said education, which played a big role in the civilisation of nations, lay the ground work for volunteer work.

He stressed the need to link education with volunteer work, noting students today have great potential and their energies should be utilised properly to allow innovations and creativity in several areas.

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