Workshop to improve youth media skills

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PARTICIPANTS of the Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council’s (BDAC) fourth Training on Teambuilding and Youth Leadership (TTYL) Programme improved their communication skills through a Media Engagement Workshop (MEW) yesterday.

Ak Md Al-Muttaqibillah Pg Hj Hasan, Secretary of Media at BDAC, conducted the workshop at the Games Village in the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.

Participants were briefed on how to engage with the media, how to write curtain-raisers and press releases.

Among the participants was Nadzirah Nurul Ruzaini, who said the workshop helped improve her overall communication skills.

“I feel that now I can talk more freely about things and that I am able to express things better. The MEW has also taught me how to listen to people.”

The MEW also helped improve her team working skills, said the 21-year-old Laksamana College of Business (LCB) student.

“It helps me a lot as I tend to be shy sometimes and the skills I gained throughout the programme will definitely help me in school as well as in the future.”

Dk Nurul Nabiatul Nabilah Pg Hashim, 18, a Politeknik Brunei student, said through the MEW, she was able to learn more about public speaking. As one of the members of Politeknik Brunei’s student council, she said it is important for her to be able to perform public speaking.

“I believe the MEW helped me improve my public speaking skills and I also learned more about what a press release is and how to write it. It is useful when there are any events at the school and now I will be able to write one and provide information to the media.”

Meanwhile Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) student Hazirah Hj Awang Hamdan, 19, said she was able to get out of her comfort zone after participating in the TTYL programme and MEW.

Being very shy, she said she now feels that she can easily talk to anyone especially since she is part of the UBD’s student council.

“I didn’t really participate in any activities or talk to anyone in the student council because I was very shy.

“But I think now I am able to do so. This programme has taught me how to become a good leader, to talk to people, to raise my voice when needed and share my opinions. I hope I can be able to encourage others who are also shy to get out of their comfort zone,” she added.

The programme also included ice breaking activities, communication skills briefings, how to conduct meetings, HIV 101, time management, the importance of participation and problem solving, among others.

Media Assistant of TTYL Amalia Alidi said the programme was aimed at educating and empowering young people.

The Brunei Times