Youth Centre has a full agenda
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
The Youth Centre plans to introduce 30 programmes and activities this year.
According to the centre’s assistant supervisor, Ibrahim Hj Sabli, a target of at least two programmes and activities per month has been set in continuation of the centre’s rebranding process initiated in 2011.
“We’ve got a lot of programmes lined up for youths to participate in for the coming year which we’ve been planning for since last year, and hopefully there will be encouraging participation at these events and programmes,” he said.
Ibrahim said that while the activities and programmes would be organised by the four sub-units under the Youth Centre’s administration, experts from outside the organisation would be brought in to run the events and provide the training.
“We work heavily with other organisations in carrying out our programmes, so naturally, we would invite people from outside the Youth Centre to conduct the training, as they are the ones who have the expertise to do so,” he said.
“Aside from that, it’s easier to coordinate the courses and programmes with the NGOs (non-governmental organisations), seeing as the Youth Centre building is where 11 NGOs and 17 clubs are based,” he added.
Ibrahim said he hopes to attract more Bruneian youths to visit the Youth Centre, as it would be an opportunity to promote the upgraded facilities available there since the rebranding exercise was implemented five years ago.
“We’re hoping all Bruneian youths will take a chance to visit here, as it’s now a much better and improved centre. But I believe that most people aren’t aware of the facilities we now have here.
“We have facilities to cater to youths such as a dance studio, a jamming studio for young musicians and a computer room, but we just need to increase the number of visitors here so that these will all be fully utilised,” he said.
Ibrahim encouraged young people to participate in training programmes and activities organised at the Youth Centre even during the school term, as it would benefit them in the long run.
“All our training programmes certify participants with a certificate at the end of the courses which will add to their skill-set, CVs and experience and can really make a difference in their employability after they graduate and start looking for jobs,” he said.
He said the courses and programmes will be carried out depending on the level of interest.
Members of the public who are interested in joining the programmes can visit the Youth Centre’s administration office during office hours.
The Youth Centre was established and opened by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, in 1969.
In His Majesty’s titah marking the sixth National Youth Day in 2011, the Youth Centre was earmarked for a rebranding effort, taking into account the needs and wants of youths by upgrading and renovating the facilities to suit modern times.
The Brunei Times