200 join youth programme
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
ABOUT 200 participants joined a youth programme that aimed to promote volunteerism and leadership skills.
Non-profit organisation Persatuan Kemajuan Insan (KESAN) launched the programme, named “Belia Brunei Berbakti”, or Devoted Bruneian Youth, at Yayasan Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah Secondary School yesterday.
President of KESAN Mohamad Zawawi Bahari said the programme aimed to support the government in activities that would benefit society, and in turn support the nation.
Through the programme, it hoped to continue building leadership skills among youth, as well as prepare students for the competitive job market or for furthering their education, he said.
“It is our hope that participants from this programme will inspire volunteerism. This will lead to the realisation of Wawasan 2035 and the formation of a Zikir Nation,” he said.
Noor Hidayah Hj Osman, secretary for KESAN, said the programme is run to suit the participants aged 18 to 30.
The youth, from sixth form centres, higher education institutions and recent graduates, were expected to complete a minimum of two hours volunteer work per week.
The hours are flexible to match the schedules of participants as some are joining the programme full time while others are doing it part-time.
KESAN hoped the scheduling would ensure youth fill their free time with beneficial activities.
“This is volunteer work, they should be able to do it in their free time since we don’t want to disrupt their studies or work.”
She said the programme consists of nine projects, including cyber security, road safety, entrepreneurship and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
The projects were aimed at making a long-term impact on the youth.
“Volunteering projects that actually make a difference in the long term, we don’t just want to help...we want something that is simple yet sustainable,” she added.
Participants were divided into teams and compete among one another. The projects are facilitated by the Ministry of Education, Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry, YSHHBSS, Health Promotion Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Communications.
The Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Abu Bakar Hj Apong, launched the programme, which will run concurrently until April 27.
KESAN is a non-government organisation under the Brunei Youth Counci, with 12 members in its executive committee.
Other events lined-up for the programme included a sports and activities day, workshop,and group camping.
The Brunei Times