1,200 young volunteers at ‘Joy and Hope’ summer camps

TEHRAN – Over 1,200 secretaries of student and youth clubs from the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) Youth Organization attended four summer camps.

According to IRCS Youth Organization Deputy Dr. Amir Lalegani the summer camps were planned and organized based on the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) ‘Strategy 2020’ and ‘Youth Engagement Strategy (YES)’.

“Building capacities of people and communities to work in solidarity to find sustainable solutions for their most pressing needs and vulnerabilities and strengthening the youth leadership capabilities to be prepared for playing significant roles in the future are among the main objectives for Strategy 2020 and YES,” said Dr. Lalegani.

Strategy 2020 provides the basis for the strategic plans of IFRC national societies and sets out the IFRC’s strategic directions for the new millennium. YES strategy which is based on Strategy 2020 promotes the motto of “strong youth for strong national societies and safe and resilient communities”. The latter focuses on empowering young people to be their communities’ future leaders.

Understanding the goals and fundamental principles of the IFRC, learning human rights objectives, and attending group discussions and scientific seminars have been the main focus for this year summer camps, according to IRCS deputy.

“The members also learned how to use water resources based on a memorandum of understanding which had been signed among the IRCS, Iran’s Department of Environment and the IFRC,” Dr Lalegani added.

IRCS Youth Organization President Dr. Masoud Habibi who attended the closing ceremony said: “All IRCS Youth Organization members are kindness ambassadors because they have chosen to help others freely.”

The summer camps which involved several outdoor activities were conducted between 30 August and 16 September 2015 in the northern city of Bandar Anzali.

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