A draft National Policy on volunteering to rekindle the spirit of volunteer work in the country is being prepared. It will go before a stakeholders meeting to fine-tune for the consideration of Cabinet.

The chairman of Volunteer Infrastructure Planning Committee, Kodwo Morgan who disclosed this yesterday, expressed the optimism that the country would have a legal framework for volunteering by the end of next year. He was speaking at a social development workshop organized by the Economy of Ghana Network, a policy advocacy network under the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research of the University of Ghana (UG).

The committee was set up last year, by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, in collaboration with civil society organisatios. Making a presentation on the topic, “The dynamics of volunteering and voluntary work in Ghana: Can it be sustained?” 

Dr Antoinnette Tsiboe-Darko of the Centre for Social Policy Studies of UG said the spirit of volunteering was dying in the country due to the waning of social clubs like Girl Guides and Boy Scouts which used to engender the spirit of volunteering in the country.

Dr Tsiboe-Darko, therefore, appealed to Ghanaians to support the passage of the legislative framework to rekindle the spirit of volunteering for rapid national development. She said volunteering as a social development concept of interest, had not been given the needed attention, despite its contribution to national development, especially in the public service. “Volunteerism which comes in three dimensional areas of time, social and economic, provides a common good for everyone,” she stated, giving the examples of the Ghana Armed Forces, the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana National Fire Service, and The National Disaster Management Organisation as some voluntary entities rendering service for the good of society.

Dr. Tsiboe-Darko said the concept of volunteering also offered avenue for employment, and job placement, adding that it induced the spirit of nationalism in the citizenry. While commending the roles of international voluntary organizations like the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, the United Nations Volunteer, Action Aid, Rotary Club, the Red Cross and a host of religious bodies and individuals engaged in various forms of volunteering services, she noted that there were challenges of funding, isolated cases of attack and robbery of foreign volunteers, and safety issues regard officials of NADMO in terms of personal protective equipment to work.

She, therefore, expressed the need for incentive packages for volunteers, including surface cover, for them to be motivated to give their service to society.

 

Source: Ghanaian Times

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