| Rokiah Mahmud |
BRUNEI Darussalam will be joining other Asean member countries for the 6th Asean Young Professionals Volunteer Corps (AYPVC) in Myanmar. The programme is being held from February 8 to 21.
It is participated by 23 volunteers from all Asean member countries from various backgrounds and professions, and Brunei’s representatives are led by three committee members – Fatin Ariffin, AYPVC Project Manager, Mohammad Noramizul Haji Serbini, Co-Project Manager AYPVC, and Abdul Mahmud bin Haji Mohammad, AYPVC Logistic Officer.
Brunei Darussalam is represented by Onn Hui Jin, a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering; Amirul Jazli bin Jali, Visionary project; Norfirdaus bin Rashid, an undergraduate student from UBD; Dr Mohammad Fathi bin Dato Paduka Haji Alikhan and Abdul Al Bari’ Haji Muhd Kasim, both from Ministry of Health. They departed the country yesterday for the two-week AYPVC programme.
AYPVC Myanmar is organised with the support of Voluntary Internship Programme (VIP), a voluntary youth group in Myanmar that works with the local community on projects in matters regarding education and environment.
AYPVC is a platform initiated by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports that aims to promote a spirit of collaboration and togetherness amongst young people through community work at grassroot level.
The objectives of AYPVC are to promote awareness of Asean among communities through exchange of knowledge and understanding of cultures, as well as to share skills and expertise of young professionals in supporting the building of Philippines, Indonesia and Cambodia. The programme has mobilised over 150 youth and young professionals from various expertise such as dentists, psychologists, entrepreneurs, teachers, carpenters, interior designers, social workers and engineers.
The project in Myanmar will take place in Pathein Township, located in the Irrawaddy Delta.
For this programme, volunteers will be divided into two groups and will focus on two different clusters – Youth Development Team and Medical Team.
The Youth Development Team will focus on confidence-building, English language education, entrepreneurship skills and team-building skills. While the Medical Team will be conducting health check-ups, educating basic healthcare, hygiene, nutrition, dental and reproductive health, training on first aid and dealing with emergency conditions.
It will consist of field activities and workshop delivery with the objective of bringing stakeholders in the community together to transfer skills and knowledge.