Youth Love the Nation strengthens sense of patriotism in youths

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A TOTAL of 40 participants from all four districts of the sultanate were given certificate for their one-month participation in the 11th Belia Cinta Tanah Air (PBTCA), Youth Love the Nation, programme.

The certificate was handed over by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport (MCYS), Dato Paduka Dr Hj Affendy Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin at the VIP room of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas. During the event, the Acting Director of Youth and Sport Department (JBS), Zafri Mohamed said that the programme did not end there; all the participants will be volunteers for the department in each district.

He said that in line with the national vision ‘Generation With a Vision’, the programme will be able to assist the country in improving the spirit of nationalism among the youth and indirectly guide the younger generation to achieve the vision. The programme had three phases that include national youth camp, project implementation (community outreach) and joining the recent 32nd National Day parade as well as a nationwide khatam ceremony.

In an interview, the participants said that they have learned some useful knowledge and discovered new information about the country from this programme.

Md Hijan Md Yasin, 22, from Kg Lambak Kanan said that they have the opportunity to conduct community outreach activity at the Pusat Bahagia in Kg Pulaie.

“Without joining the programme, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to learn about the special needs society in the country. Indeed, it is an exposure that we need in order to unite the community,” he said.

A representative from Kg Pandan in Kuala Belait, Siti Nurhayati Junaidi said that the programme taught her about the importance of enhancing leadership and communication for future use.

“By joining such programme, it educates me about other skills that I didn’t learn practically at school. Hopefully, there will be more (of such) programmes for youth, so that they will give us a chance to polish our skills which might be useful for our future job,” said the 18-year-old participant.

The programme is held annually as part of the National Day celebration activity.

The Brunei Times