Youth involvement key to overcoming poverty in Brunei

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

YOUTH involvement plays an important role in overcoming poverty in Brunei, said the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

Dato Paduka Dr Hj Affendy Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin said, during the ‘Youth Against Poverty’ workshop, that youth in Brunei has played a significant role in many of the programmes conducted by Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB) to help the underprivileged.

“The youth has played a very big part in many of the programmes for Yayasan, we are very thankful to the youth. For example, in our educational intervention programme which began in 2006, many of our tutors were youth from (educational backgrounds)... Because of (their help), many of the children have managed to get degrees and jobs,” he added.

The permanent secretary also said mentorship and guidance were some of the more effective ways to help break the cycle of poverty.

“What makes a difference is mentorship, having someone to guide them rather than just giving handouts and hoping their situation will change by itself. This is an area that I think the youth can help,” he said.

The Society for Community Outreach and Training (SCOT) yesterday launched the ‘Youth Against Poverty’ workshop at the Youth Centre in the capital.

Themed ‘Educate, Empower and Execute’, the three-day workshop aims to enlighten and empower its participants through forum discussions, community visits, focus group discussions and project pitching presentation.

The workshop gathered 27 local youth aged 17 to 27 years old, as well as members from NGOs and government officials.

It aims to increase public awareness and educate youth on the issue of poverty in Brunei, said SCOT President Md Hazimi Hj Jaidi.

The Brunei Times