Head of State took part in opening ceremony of Republican Volunteer’s Front Office
A solemn opening ceremony of the republican front office of volunteers Birgemiz (We are Together) with the participation of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has taken place in the Kazakh capital - Nur-Sultan, Strategy2050.kz informs referring to the Akorda’s press service.
The President got acquainted with the work of the front office, which will coordinate and monitor volunteer projects publicly, train and promote the volunteer movement throughout the country.
The Head of State was also presented the “Qazvolunteer.kz” online platform.
In his speech, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev noted that many important projects will be implemented in the Year of Volunteer.
“Generous actions and good deeds – this is our tradition, rooted deep down centuries. And we must definitely keep this tradition. To lend a helping hand to another, to help those in need is in our blood. Our people have a wonderful custom that unites people - asar, which has not lost its significance for many centuries. As they say, “the load raised by common efforts is light”. To unite people and serve people is the key goal of the volunteer movement”, the President said.
The Head of State reminded that in past time, Kazakhs, despite the difficulties and hardships, sheltered many ethnic groups who were deported to Kazakhstan.
“Volunteering has become an expression of the highest degree of patriotism, backed up by concrete deeds. Love for the motherland is not loud slogans and empty declarations, but daily work for the good of the people, good deeds. You need to understand that people who allow themselves to barge into someone’s houses, loot and shout pseudo-patriotic slogans are, of course, not patriots. These are people who have broken the law, that is, criminals. Therefore, they must be liable to the whole society and to the state in all the strictness of the law”, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev emphasized.
The President noted that patriotism, serving society and creative activity are a vivid manifestation of the high level of a person’s personal and spiritual development.
“Volunteering plays an important role in implementing reforms, modernizing the entire state. Through their activities, volunteers make a specific contribution to the implementation of reforms. Through diligence, openness to the world, we will be able to build a new economy, which will be based on advanced technologies and high labor productivity. Active promotion of volunteering ideas will undoubtedly contribute to the formation of a new paradigm of Kazakh nationals’ thinking”, the President believed.
Speaking to volunteers, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev noted the most active organizations. In particular, he praised the activities of the National Volunteer Network, the projects “Lider.kz”, “Best for kids”, “28 loops”, “Club of good people”, which bring together people who are ready to help those who are in difficult life situation.
“We see that volunteering in Kazakhstan is gradually taking on a national scale. I am sure that this process will unite even more of our citizens thanks to the events of the Year of Volunteer. Good deeds are becoming an integral part of our cultural identity. The country already has more than 200 volunteer organizations in which more than 50 thousand volunteers participate”, the Head of State said.
The President proposed actively involving Kazakhstani citizens in international volunteer initiatives that address global and regional issues.
“Kazakhstan is ready to join the World Ecological Campaign “World Clean up Day”, uniting over 20 million people from 116 countries. The participation of Kazakhstanis in volunteer programs of the UN, UNICEF, AIESEC and other international initiatives will allow to get acquainted with the experience of different countries and attract the best volunteer practices to our country”, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said.
In his opinion, the country should support the formation of volunteering infrastructure. In particular, the regional front offices should help everyone in the implementation of their ideas or specific projects.
“The Year of Volunteer is not another campaign. We need to clarify this to people. Volunteering is serving the country, serving the community. Volunteering should become part of the way of life of our people. We must promote it as an integral component of the present and future life of independent Kazakhstan. The energy of volunteers should be an example for every citizen. I am sure that not a single region will remain on the side of this important work”, the Head of State summed up.
At the end of the event, the President of Kazakhstan was presented the projects “Birgemiz: Asyl mura”, “Birgemiz: Bilim”, “Birgemiz: Saýlyq”, “Birgemiz: Sabaqtastyq”, “Birgemiz: Taza Álem”, “Birgemiz: Úmit”.