PKBN alumni plan exhibition

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FORMER trainees of the National Service Programme (PKBN) are expected to showcase their achievements and current activities at an exhibition in March.

The event will take place on the sidelines of the graduation ceremony for PKBN’s fifth intake, which started its training on December 6.

PKBN Director Colonel (Rtd) Pg Zulkifli Pg Hj Ismail said during the annual general meeting of the Alumni Association for PKBN yesterday that the exhibition is part of the former trainees’ activities and will give them the opportunity to explain what they’ve gone on to do after completing the three-month PKBN programme in previous years.

Launched in 2011, components embedded in the PKBN programme include self-identity, religious studies, physical fitness and entrepreneurship. To date, the programme has seen more than 1,100 trainee graduates.

“This opportunity will be specifically for the alumni to showcase their achievements and current activities,” said Colonel (Rtd) Pg Zulkifli, adding that previous exhibitions only featured a few booths for former trainees.

This year, however, PKBN is planning to feature all current activities of its alumni during the exhibition, which will be held at the Indoor Stadium in Berakas, he said.

The booths will be divided into different categories. For example, he said, former trainees who are now studying at any of the country’s higher education institutions can showcase their academic-related activities.

Other PKBN alumni can display their entrepreneurial activities as 236 former trainees are now self-employed or establishing their own businesses, he added.

Those who participated in youth programmes abroad can also display their activities.

Colonel (Rtd) Pg Zulkifli called on the former trainees to actively participate in activities held by the alumni association. These may include national events, religious programmes, community programmes as well as volunteer work and entrepreneurial activities such as organising bazaars.

“I hope that such activities will be continued and we can increase the number from time to time,” he said.

The Brunei Times