The Cambodian Red Cross (CRC) praised the efforts of the more than 50,000 volunteers who had participated in humanitarian and social work in various fields throughout Cambodia over the years. 

CRC president Bun Rany issued the message as Cambodia celebrated International Volunteer Day on December 5, themed “Volunteering for Community Hope”. The day aimed to recognise the dedication of national and international volunteers to social development.

She said this year’s theme confirms the organisation’s commitment to operations in its four priority areas of the 2021-30 strategy, as well as grassroots action to achieve common global goals, in connection with the priority policies of the government’s Pentagonal Strategy-Phase I.

“I urge all volunteers to continue to work together to strengthen and expand operations in the four priority areas of the CRC strategy,” she said.

She also advised volunteers in the community and in educational institutions to keep building communities and helping the vulnerable.

Minister of Education, Youth and Sport Hang Chuon Naron also observed the day, presiding over the closing ceremony of the “Volunteer for my Community” programme – held in conjunction with the Australian embassy – at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC) in Phnom Penh.

He described the importance of youth participation in education, youth and sport reform through volunteerism.

“We should promote volunteer work, as it provides youth with many benefits, such as building the foundation for social relationships, strengthening and expanding friendships, solidarity and mutual understanding,” he said.

He added that the goal of promoting volunteer work is to complement the direction set by the government for education and human resource development, in response to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) 2030.

According to the education ministry, youth development, especially volunteer work, has become widely implemented by many schools, through the organisation of extracurricular programs to improve the morale and behaviour of students. 

The ministry has set out guidelines for options such as software development and behavioural education programmes.