SCOT to hold anti-poverty workshop

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Society for Community Outreach and Training (SCOT) is calling on pre-university and university students to take part in their Poverty Alleviation Awareness workshop next month.

The three-day workshop from June 1 to 3 aims to nurture youths to be aware of the reality of poverty in Brunei, and how they can help alleviate it, a statement by SCOT said.

The workshop will also encourage and empower participants to form and plan creative ideas to help alleviate poverty.

SCOT said the group with the most creative and innovative idea will be granted $500 to execute their project, along with the aid and guidance from SCOT executives and support from the local authorities and established institutions in Brunei to implement their ground-up project.

The fund will come from SCOT’s project funds.

Muhammad Hazimi Hj Jaidi, SCOT president and project manager for the workshop, told The Brunei Times the participants’ ideas will help in the alleviation and prevention of poverty in Brunei.

“There are many factors that contribute to poverty. It cannot be solved with just one project but will require collaboration from different stakeholders and non-government organisations,” he said.

During the workshop, which will be held at Pusat Belia (Youth Centre BSB) in the capital, activities such as a learning journey activity and focus group discussion will be carried out.

The workshop also aims to encourage civic engagement by facilitating collaborations concerning poverty eradication and problems amongst participants, local authorities and NGOs.

SCOT said participants will have a first-hand experience of looking at poverty issues in Brunei from the learning journey activity.

They will be given a chance to meet and observe the lives of the underprivileged who live without a sustainable income and are reliant on government aid.

“From this eye opening experience of their dire situation, it is hoped to inspire and motivate the participants to create solutions and aid for the underprivileged,” SCOT said.

Participants will learn the importance of proper communication and networking during the focused group discussions that will be held during the workshop.

To register, those interested can log on to http://fightpovertywithus.org/ or email SCOT at info@fightpovertywithus.org.

There is a registration fee of $25, which includes the certificate.

The Brunei Times