Facing Challenges Together
The UN says this about friendship:
“Our world faces many challenges, crises and forces of division — such as poverty, violence, and human rights abuses — among many others — that undermine peace, security, development and social harmony among the world’s peoples.
To confront those crises and challenges, their root causes must be addressed by promoting and defending a shared spirit of human solidarity that takes many forms — the simplest of which is friendship.” (Source: UN, 2017)
Around the world today, friendship is being celebrated in a myriad of ways. Here at Raleigh Tanzania we are marking the day by sharing our volunteers’ thoughts on friendship and what it means to them:
The Importance of Friendship
Friendship is important because it fosters goodwill and bonds us together, enabling us to create lasting, positive change. We found out why our ICS volunteers think friendship is important:
Learning from Friendship
During ICS placement, UK and Tanzanian volunteers work side by side. When International Day of Friendship was commissioned by the UN General Assembly, they stressed the importance of friendship between people from different countries with diverse cultural backgrounds. We asked our volunteers what they have learned from their friendships with each other, both UK and Tanzanian:
Young People at the Centre
International Day of Friendship places a particular emphasis on young people as future leaders. Raleigh Tanzania believe young people as active citizens can make lasting change in their communities. We foster friendships that will in turn lead to volunteers having a positive impact. Friendship between young people promotes international understanding and a respect for diversity.
Happy International Day of Friendship!
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