The commissioner for volunteerism has launched a new campaign promoting active citizenship.
The campaign, carried out in collaboration with the press and information office, aims to inform the public of the benefits of active citizenship both on an individual and a societal level.
“We want to develop a culture of volunteerism, focusing on the young generation” commissioner Yiannakis Yiannaki said after the presentation of the new campaign on Monday.
For this reason, the commissioner said will increase actions in schools. He also called on the parents to encourage their children to volunteer.
During the press conference, the commissioner presented the results of the second survey on the levels of volunteerism in Cyprus. The survey was conducted by the statistical service in 2017 for individuals older than 16 years old.
It revealed that 12.6 per cent of the population participated in volunteering activities, with the majority of them (43 per cent) belonging to 16 to 39 age group.
“We believe the percentage of voluntarism in our country is at good levels,” Yiannaki said, “but our goal remains to increase this percentage, especially among children and the younger generation”.
There is an almost equal gender representation in volunteering in Cyprus with 55.5 per cent female and 45.5 male volunteers. A small percentage of 4.4 per cent is offering voluntary help in an informal form.
The participation in public consultations related to volunteerism is 3.1 per cent, out of which 63.5 per cent are men.
According to the commissioner, Cyprus is recognised by the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the European Union as a country with good practice for its actions and policies it applies in the tertiary sector.