30 get training in HIV advocacy work

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A LEADERSHIP course for youth started yesterday, seeking to improve advocacy and raise public awareness on HIV and AIDS.

Bringing in international facilitators from Youth LEAD, a youth-led and youth-serving non-government organisation (NGO) based in Bangkok, the training focuses on leadership, advocacy, education and development programme, particularly in HIV and AIDS.

The five-day training has been adapted to suit the background of Brunei to deepen understanding and knowledge on who Young Key-Affected Population (YKAPs) are.

The Youth and Sports Department, in collaboration with the Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council and Youth LEAD, organised the New Gen Leadership course at the Youth Centre in the capital, as part of a a school holiday activity.

It is also hoped that the 30 participants would be able to identify the qualities of good leaders, develop advocacy skill and practice skills such as speech-making, participation in meetings, consulting and representing the needs of communities.

One of the secretariat and media relations officer, Najihah Kamilah Latif, said the training runs from March 16-20.

“The expected outcome of this training is the development of confident, competent peer educators that reaches out to young people in Brunei, including at risk population for HIV and AIDS prevention and intervention,” said Najihah.

She added that, “Language used during the training will be mostly in English, however Malay will also be used as a supporting language”.

The facilitators will use an interactive and participatory approach to help emerging young leaders to develop their confidence and skills as communicators as a way to participate more effectively in their advocacy work.

The students from various schools and education institutions, such as Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Institut Teknologi Brunei, Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah College, Yayasan Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah Secondary School and Rimba II Secondary School are attending the short course.

Youth LEAD (Youth Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Development) is a network of young people from the Asia-Pacific region which demonstrate leadership roles in their communities. Through national focal points, Youth LEAD aims to develop leadership among young YKAPs and improve young people’s involvement in community, national and regional HIV programming processes.

The network was initiated in May 2010. Currently, Youth LEAD is now in 16 countries, including Brunei.

The Brunei Times