Participants say BDAC training programme beneficial

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

PARTICIPANTS of the Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council (BDAC) Training on Team building and Youth Leadership (TTYL) Programme said the programme has helped empower them.

The TTYL programme concluded yesterday with the BDAC President Iswandy Ahmad presenting certificates to 23 participants aged 15 to 28 years old from different schools and higher education institutions.

One of the participants Ak Mohd Tajuddin Pg Sulaiman, 24, a student from BICPA Accountancy Academy said the training programme was a good opportunity for him to improve his time management skills.

“It’s important to know how to manage your time so that you won’t rush and therefore be more organised.”

The training also allowed him to learn more about public speaking which he believes is important for future youth leaders.

“I will be applying to join the Officer Cadet School (OCS) of the Defence Academy, Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) and the skills I gained through this training programme will definitely help me.”

Ak Mohd Tajuddin urges youth to have a goal or plan in order to have an idea on what they want to achieve and pursue.

“I hope that I’ll be able to lead the future generation and share the knowledge I gained.”

He also hoped that the future younger generation will participate in as many programmes and activities organised by NGOs to expose and improve themselves and gain beneficial skills.

For 17-year-old Mohd Izzat Dainal Awang Kamal, he initially thought the programme would focus on leadership.

“The programme gave me so much more in terms of knowledge and skills.

“Teamwork was one of the main things I learned as entering this programme you meet strangers so it gives you an opportunity to build new connections.”

The student from Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Secondary School (SMPAPHRSB) said through the programme he gained more confidence and learned more about HIV AIDS.

Mohd Izzat Dainal hoped for the programme to be expanded in order for more people to gain knowledge and skills as well as become more aware about HIV AIDS.

Meanwhile, UBD student Syafiqah Shahif who is also a BDAC intern said she found the overall programme interesting.

“I’ve felt intimidated whenever i had to do public speaking before but joining the training has enabled me to boost my self confidence and made it easier (to do public speaking). You have to be brave to try and it will get easier.”

She added that participating in team building activities allowed her an opportunity to become a leader and enjoyed working with others to ensure a smooth work flow.

The 20-year-old recommends other youth to join the programme as the lessons, knowledge and skills gained from it can help not only in their studies but future careers.

The youth programme is aimed to educate and empower young people through various activities that also equip them with basic skills and knowledge on youth leadership, guided by facilitators who are experienced BDAC members.

Ak Md Al-Muttaqibillah Pg Hj Hasan, the Secretary of Media of BDAC said the objective of the programme was to appreciate the significance of youth leadership and positive attributes of good leadership as well as identify the principles of leadership and effective leadership skills.

The Brunei Times