| Azaraimy HH |
THE National Service Programme Division, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, recorded yet another milestone with the largest number of youth participating in its 4th intake of National Service Programme (PKBN).
This intake has a total of 315 youth, comprising 211 men and 104 women with a majority ranging between 17 and 18 years old. They are expected to complete their training on March 16, 2015
The official launching of the 4th intake was held yesterday at the Indoor Stadium, Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex.
The guest of honour at the event, Dato Paduka Awang Hj Mohd Hamid bin Hj Mohd Jaafar, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports in his speech said, once the Permanent Training Camp in Temburong is completed, it can accommodate as many as 700 participants per intake.
Dato Paduka Awg Hj Mohd Hamid said the construction of the Permanent Training Camp is 50 per cent complete.
Director of PKBN, Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Zulkifli bin Pengiran Hj Ismail, at the lauching ceremony said a total of 139 supervisors/trainers/medics/instructors are involved in the training, comprising 34 personnel from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), six from the Outward Bound Brunei Darussalam (OBBD), a police officer from the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), 14 academic personnel from the Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan, 21 professional volunteers and 60 former PKBN trainee volunteers.
Dato Paduka Awang Hj Mohd Hamid stressed on the effectiveness of PKBN programme as a premier national programme that must be placed as a priority in strategic planning of every ministry.
Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Zulkifli bin Pengiran Hj Ismail said there has been an increasing enthusiasm among youth to participate in the PKBN programme.
He said the number of participants this time was unexpected and he hoped all the 315 participants would be able to partake in all the activities, be it academic, disciplinary as well as physical training and omplete the training.
He also urged all those involved in providing the training to prioritise safety, welfare and discipline at all times.
This goes to the trainers, supervisors, volunteers and those taking part in the programme.
He also thanked parents who have put their trust and confidence in the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports in implementing the National Service Programme and prayed that the programme will be successful in producing excellent quality of youth for the benefit of the people, the nation and religion.