Brunei contingent off to Tokyo for first leg of SSEAYP
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
BRUNEI’S contingent to the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Programme (SSEAYP) departed for Tokyo, Japan by air yesterday to begin a 51-day voyage around the region.
A farewell ceremony was held at the Brunei International Airport, where family and friends gathered to bid adieu to the 28 youth participants.
Also present was the Acting Director of the Youth and Sports Department, Hj Abdul Malik Hj Mohammad.
Led by Fatimah Hj Metali, the contingent will be a part of the 330 youth participants from ASEAN countries and Japan touring the region aboard the Fuji Maru from October 28 until December 17.
Over the next 10 days in Japan, the participants will make various institutional visits for a discussion programme aboard the ship.
The programme aimed to boost their understanding of current affairs in the country and promote mutual understanding as well as communication skills.
They will also partake in cultural exchanges and discussions at the Japan-ASEAN Youth Leaders Summit in Tokyo alongside homestays with the local youth.
The SSEAYP contingent will begin their regional tour of ASEAN countries on November 7, departing from Tokyo to make stops in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam; Bangkok, Thailand; Singapore; Manila, Philippines; and Naha, Japan.
At their various ports of call, the youth will also be studying various aspects of those countries, such as education, social welfare and others, through lectures, institutions and exchange programmes.
Other activities aboard the Fuji Maru includes solidarity group activities, club activities and a national presentation by each country.
Representatives from the participating countries are also expected to conduct a cultural performance and exhibition.
SSEAYP, now in its 40th year, is a youth exchange programme pioneered by ASEAN countries and Japan in 1974.
Thousands of youth from ASEAN countries and Japan have joined SSEAYP, building cultural understanding and ties through activities aboard the ship as well as at the ports of call.
Until 2008, the programme’s voyages were made on the Nippon Maru.
The Brunei Times