Students off to Japan exchange programme

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TWO Jerudong International School (JIS) students left for the Japanese island of Okinawa yesterday to participate in the Asian Youth Exchange Programme from August 5-23.

Mohammad Ashraf Haziq Mohd Marasharin and Dk Umi Kalthum Pg Hj Muhd Sazali, both Year 13 students, will be joining 26 other participants from 14 countries in the programme that was initiated for the development of human resources in Asia.

A statement from the Japanese embassy in Brunei said the youths will take part in environment-related (especially water) activities including field experiences, lectures by experts as well as discussions.

Mohammad Ashraf Haziq, 17, hoped to learn more about environment issues during the Japanese government-sponsored programme and interact with students from other countries.

“By the end of the session, we are expected to present what we have learned throughout the programme,” said Mohammad Ashraf Haziq, who looked forward to the trip as he has never travelled to Japan before.

Dk Umi Kalthum, who is also travelling to Japan for the first time, said she wanted to take the opportunity to make international connections and share Brunei’s culture.

She is also looking forward to attend a lecture by Dr Kiyoshi Kurokawa, former president of the Science Council of Japan and former chairman of the National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission.

The Asian Youth Development Programme in Okinawa is aimed at promoting “innovative minds” through the exchange of Japanese and other Asian students in Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture of Japan.

This year’s participants will rediscover the wonders of science and technology and understand the importance of applying science to society through the study of environmental issues.

At the end of the programme, the youth participants will be expected to have gained an adventurous spirit, which is essential to resolving environmental and other global issues as well as to realising a better world for the next generation.

Present to bid the students farewell at the Brunei International Airport was First Secretary at the Japan Embassy in Brunei Hideki Hagiwara.

The Brunei Times