More holistic, integrated national youth policy needed: MCYS Minister

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THE Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof on Friday said there is a need to develop a more holistic and integrated National Youth Policy in order to face challenges relating to youths.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Awg Halbi said this during the Third Islamic Conference of Youth and Sports Ministers held in Istanbul, Turkey with the theme ‘Empowering Youth for Peace, Solidarity and Development’.

He said in order to achieve this, a strategy to improve the policy’s implementation mechanism on various levels is needed.

This includes improving consultation and survey and to evaluate programmes to ensure that they are more effective and inclusive of youth development.

The Brunei Darussalam’s National Youth Policy 2002 is an essential long term planning tool that can guide and build brilliant Bruneian youths, said the minister.

He said the national youth policy also acts as a foundation on which authorities make decisions with regards to youth development.

The policy has been successful in six key areas including education and self development, work and training, leadership, effort, international cooperation and services with other countries through projects and programmes which have high impact on youths, said the minister.

He said in Brunei, youths are given training to give them a sense of belonging and to build strong families bond, which is the foundation for society.

He added that youths from these programmes also learn to be independent and build a culture of self-reliance.

In terms of sports and recreation, the MCYS minister said to safeguard youths from negative elements that will draw them into unhealthy activities and social issues, various initiatives and sport activities have been set up at youth centres.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Awg Halbi also highlighted that Brunei previously hosted two prestigious activities for youth which are the Musabaqah Tilawatil Quran for Youth in Southeast Asia and the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy.

Such activities help develop Brunei into a “hub” for successful youth, said the MCYS minister.

In closing his remarks, the minister called on all parties to support the youth whose undergoing development tasks include honing one’s skills or abilities, gain knowledge, exercise the functions and roles.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Awg Halbi also paid a courtesy call to the Republic of Turkey’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Akif Cagatay Kilic.

The visit seeks to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries, especially in the field of youth and sports development, as well as to exchange views on issues pertaining to youth and sports.

Accompanying the minister to the meeting was Nor Hirni Osfinita Hj Mohd Tahir, second secretary at the Embassy of Brunei in the Republic of Turkey and senior officials at MCYS. — Izzati Jalil

The Brunei Times