Four Maktab Sains students to take part in SEAYLP

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FOUR students and one teacher from secondary school Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College (Maktab Sains) left yesterday to participate in the Seventh Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Programme (SEAYLP) to be held in the United States.

Muhammad Noorakma Abdullah, Aiman Dato Hj Ahmad, Abdul Mu’iz Mahali, and Goh Yi Xuan were accompanied by teacher Nurulhazwa Hj Hasheim Karim.

Youth from 10 ASEAN countries including Brunei, during the SEAYLP, will focus on civic education, leadership, diversity, and volunteerism which will prepare participants to conduct projects in their respective countries that serve community needs.

In an interview, spokesperson of the delegation, Maktab Sains student Aiman Dato Hj Ahmad said that he was looking forward study the role of public transport in the United States as well as their efforts they are taking to reduce carbon footprint.

“I want to study how we can make the public transport system in Brunei more commuter-friendly and attractive,” he said, hoping that the trip will give him a new perspective of life and help him better develop his personality.

According to the press release issued by the US Embassy, the delegation from Maktab Sains will also go on field trips in the United States including visit to State Department, diplomatic stimulation (debate), academic lectures as well as staying with American families for a week.

Prior to the three-week SEAYLP, the students conducted research on three thematic topics: Environmental sustainability, vulnerable groups and education.

The students also equipped themselves with knowledge about Brunei and then gave presentations based on that.

Upon return, the students will share their experiences and knowledge with their fellow students at Maktab Sains and will implement a project based on what they learnt from their visit.

According to a representative from the US Embassy in Brunei, Shova Thapa, said the selection of the students was based on an “all round” quality and not solely based on good academic qualifications.

The students also learned about SILAT (national martial art) for their cultural performances during the SEAYLP programme.

The Brunei Times