750 take oath to be PROVONAT national volunteers in Togo
Lomé, Togo: On 12 March 2013, 750 new volunteers from Togo took their oath under the framework of PROVONAT, the National Volunteering Programme in Togo. It was the fifth wave of volunteers that PROVONAT has deployed in the field.
This large group, more than 40% of whom were women, included specialists in the areas of sociology, health, education, agriculture, environment, communications and public works. Since the programme was launched in September 2011, a total of 2,780 national volunteers have been deployed to the field.
The new volunteers will carry out their missions in public administrations, development associations, NGOs, international organizations and even in the private sector. Before their deployment, they attended four days of training on values and principles of volunteerism, working within an organisation and time management. All of this will facilitate their smooth integration into the host institutions.
In taking the oath, in accordance with Togolese law regarding volunteerism, they swore to fulfil their missions with dedication, humility and professionalism, and to promote actions that will result in the socioeconomic development of the country.
At the end of the swearing-in ceremony, each volunteer received an assignment folder containing their contract and their mission’s terms of reference (TOR).
In 2013, the Government of Togo plans to open a National Agency for the Promotion of Volunteerism (ANPV) that will have the status of a public administrative enterprise. Thereafter this agency will manage activities related to volunteerism in Togo. To this end, six million USD of the state’s budget has been set aside for ANPV, and the number of national volunteers is forecasted to increase to 5,000.
PROVONAT was established and implemented by a team of UN Volunteers with funding from UNDP. Through the years, UNV has provided the programme with technical support.
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