Brunei NGO joins int’l forum on social work

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A LOCAL NGO recently participated in the 4th Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development in Seoul, Korea, themed “Promoting the Dignity and Worth of People”.

Nur Judy Abdullah, vice president of the Council on Social Welfare (MKM), presented a paper titled “Inclusive Engagement of Children to Promote and Protect their Rights and Welfare: The Brunei Darussalam Experience”.

The paper presented the impact of MKM’s engagement with children to promote child rights and welfare in Brunei.

In order to collect a diversity of perspectives, Judy said the NGO emphasised inclusivity and also included the children of migrant workers, stateless and those with disabilities and varying religious beliefs.

“Discussions on key issues centred on violence against children such as bullying, negative cyber influence via social media and corporal punishment, investment on children especially for children with disabilities, child marriage, children on the move such as children of migrant workers and expatriates, impact of Convention on the Rights of the Child on stateless children and neglected children,” Judy said.

She said the audience was impressed with Brunei’s “proactive stance” on prioritising child welfare through new legislation, in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

“These laws provided for the care and protection of children in Brunei and ensure their access to education, health, shelter, security and other human rights and are generally in conformity with the principles and articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child,” said Judy.

Last year, MKM initiated several consultations and workshops with NGOs and children in the country to create awareness on the Convention on the Rights of the Child with funding support from UNICEF, Save the Children and Embassy of the United States in Brunei Darussalam.

The conference was organised jointly by the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) and International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW). Brunei Council on Social Welfare is a member of ICSW, a global organisation that has consultative status with United Nations.

Nur Judy is also the current Regional Secretary of the ICSW for the South East and Asia Pacific Region.

The world conference is held every two years and brings together 2,500 participants who are social work practitioners, educators, researchers who share their research results and field experiences so that international partnership and collaboration is established and sustained. Global issues were discussed such as poverty, migration, sex trafficking, refugees, disasters, trauma, AIDS and mental health issues. MKM’s participation was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

The Brunei Times