PROACTIVE aims to coach successors

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A YOUTH leadership programme designed to sustain the continuation of Brunei’s non-governmental organisations (NGOs) began yesterday at the Youth Centre.

PROACTIVE or Youth Leadership and Action Initiative programme, the brainchild of Director of Youth and Sports Hj Abdul Malik Hj Mohammad, will run until September 28.

Iswandy Ahmad in an interview with The Brunei Times said PROACTIVE hoped to groom youths, who were part of NGOs, to potentially succeed their leaders. He explained that youth-adult partnership was crucial especially when some NGOs have faced a wall in their tracks. “There are NGOs that face challenges of recruiting new members and retaining memberships,” he said.

“Also as leaders mature, some further their studies, some understandably have family commitments – eventually current leaders too need successors.”

Iswandy touched further that some youth-led NGOs had limited finance while some cooperatives had the finance but lack replacements. “Often young people are seen energetic, full of ideas and willing to deliver yet they are often overlooked, underutilised and potentials not tapped into,” he said.

“This can lead to a lack of leadership succession, frustration of young people, current leaders’ dominance – eventually disempowering instead of empowering young people.”

Iswandy thus said PROACTIVE strived to catalyse this leadership succession by planting the participants PROACTIVE’s motto: BELIA (Believe, Empower, Lead, Inspire, Act).

“PROACTIVE wants to build the capacity of potential youth leaders in team management, organisational administration via training and mentoring.”

He shared PROACTIVE will be facilitated by professional and trained youth workers from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports’s Youth and Sports Department. “Depending on availability, the participants will also have the chance to engage with external facilitators and go on an educational visit.”

He said the programme will focus on experiential learning and incorporate best practices with consideration for the participants’ level of learning. Upon completion, the programme expects the participants will have more confidence and skills to deliver their role as youth leaders and engage in better youth-adult partnership.

Iswandy shared this expectation will be assessed six months to one year later via a post-training evaluation to see the participants’ progress. “We don’t want to do have want a programme just for the sake of having one.

“We want to know what sorts of things need to be included next and how the programme impacts youth and adult partnerships.”

The Brunei Times