Society - A workshop to launch a voluntary national service programme in Mauritania kicked off on Thursday in Nouakchott. About 100 Mauritanians, the majority of them being teenagers from different areas, participated in the workshop.
The programme will begin with a pilot scheme of 24 months with an estimated budget of nearly US$1.3 million.
Among those present at the workshop were many government officials and the resident coordinator of UN system, Mrs. Coumba Mar Gadio.
Mrs. Gadio said: 'It will allow Mauritania to have a body of young volunteers who contribute immensely to the fight against hunger and malnutrition, promote peace, strengthen social cohesion and promote activities to generate income.'