ASEAN volunteers train Lao villagers
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE 5th ASEAN Young Professionals Volunteer Corps (AYPVC) held in Laos primarily focused on honing women’s entrepreneurial skills and youth development.
AYPVC is a platform initiated by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) of Brunei Darussalam which aims to promote a spirit of collaboration and togetherness among young people through community work at grassroot level.
Its objective is to promote awareness of ASEAN among the communities through exchange of knowledge and understanding of culture, as well as to share the skills and expertise of young professionals in supporting the building of “One Asean community”.
According to a statement by the MCYS, the two-week expedition was done in Vang Puei and Onnoy Village in Salavanh Province of Laos, with the help of the Lao Youth Union and Village Focus International, along with over 350 villagers participating in both “Women’s Entrepreneurship Skills Development and Youth Development”. The two-week expedition was held from December 16 to 24.
MCYS added that the “Youth Development“ session had focused on several skills and capacity building such as teamwork, leadership, preservation skills, confidence building and personal values. This is done through interactive games, public speaking, group tasks and awareness exercises which touch on gender and human trafficking subjects in the hopes of empowering them to make changes.
While the “Women’s Entrepreneurship Development” had conducted sessions on creative and critical thinking, leadership, effective communication, product design development and marketing and sales.
The expedition ended with a workshop and handover of the manuals.
The same expedition had been held in Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam, and was endorsed during the Eighth ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Yotuh in Bandar Seri Begawan.
The next AYPVC will be in Myanmar in February and will be on youth poverty alleviation, health care and hygiene awareness
The Brunei Times