Dar Mayor calls upon Tanzanians to carryon volunteer work (18/08/2011)

THE Mayor of Dar es Salaam, Dr. Didas Masaburi, has called upon Tanzanians to take on volunteer work as part of civic responsibilities.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Dr. Masaburi said that it was high time for people in the country to make volunteering as part of their lives. "Everyone needs help of some kind in his/her daily life. We should therefore be ready to support those in need by volunteering our time, skills and resources,' he said.

The Mayor said this while presiding over an official launch of a series of volunteer activities by three European cultural institutions namely; Alliance Francaise, British Council and Goethe-Institut as part of celebrations to mark the European Year of Volunteering that started in May this year.

The celebrations, which will take place throughout July, have been prepared in collaboration with 12 secondary schools from Dar es Salaam and Coast regions and are being financially supported by the European Union.

The Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Tanzania, Ambassador Tim Clarke, together with Deputy Heads of Missions for Germany, Hans Koeppel, UK, Susie Kitchens and French Embassy Cultural Attache, Charlotte Pinet attended the function which was held at Zanaki Secondary School in Dar es Salaam. 

Others who attended included the Directors of Alliance Francaise in Tanzania, Didier Martin, Goethe-Institut, Eleonore Sylla, British Council, Sally Robinson together with the schools' communities and the general public took part at the launch.   

Ambassador Clarke said that the celebrations were part of the volunteer activities that he launched in May this year to mark 2011 as the European Year of Volunteering.

He said that so far community activities, cycle caravan to educate the public on volunteering, road safety campaign, and environmental programmes have been conducted in both Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar by local and international organisations.

"We're happy to carryon these activities at a time in Tanzania's history when citizens are looking back at their achievements over the last fifty years… it's is highly fitting and appropriate that we in the EU celebrate those who have done so much to help others," he said.

Speaking on behalf of the participating EU cultural institutions, Goethe-Institut Director, Eleonore Sylla, said that a number of activities were going to be carried out in Dar es Salaam and Coast regions.

These include formation of volunteer clubs in schools, provision of education on volunteering through showcasing the work of volunteers in the country, free education on road safety to school children, school debates and gap seminars, environmental cleanliness and tree planting, among others.

Delegation of EU to Tanzania
The Mayor of Dar es Salaam, Dr. Didas Masaburi (right) and the EU Ambassador to Tanzania, Tim Clarke(left) planting trees at Zanaki Secondary School in Dar es Salaam to signify the launch of volunteering activities. Photo: Emmanuel Kihaule, Delegation of EU to Tanzania