| Siti Hajar |
THE Brunei Youth Forum concluded on a high-note yesterday with the presentation of the Youth Development Recommendations the contents of which is expected to be taken into consideration by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
Organised by the Brunei Youth Council, the one-day forum was held at the Youth Centre in the capital, which was attended by an approximate 80 young Bruneians including those from various education institutions.
With the theme ‘Developing Strategies towards Youth Engagement in National Building’, the gathering was aimed at providing a platform for youths to better understand issues and challenges that are faced by youth whilst at the same time, but not limited to, establish networks among local youth especially those who are marginalised.
In a statement, Project Director Khairunnisa Ash’ari explained that, “There is a shift in the way youth consider their role in society. All over the world, youth are taking up a more proactive role in the development of their countries and Brunei is no exception”, and what is needed is an environment that can foster and facilitate youth involvement in national development.
“Youth are no longer just beneficiaries as they have and they should be allowed to be actors and partners in the youth development agenda … what is most important is to remind and keep reminding youth that this is our country and that we have to do our part to make change happen.”
During the course of the forum, participants were invited to take part in sessions that focussed on a number of key areas that featured socialisation, development, and empowerment as well as the National Youth Policy review all of which were aimed at getting more youth to understand the country’s future direction under the purview of Vision 2035.
Among those who were invited to contribute to dialogues and discussion with attendees included those from both government and Non-Government organisations by way of sensitising involved stakeholders, especially the younger generation, on what they can do towards national development and decision-making processes whilst at the same time, developing the capacity of a select group of motivational youth in leadership and advocacy.