| Rokiah Mahmud |
BRUNEI Darussalam becomes the first port of call for the 41st Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Programme (SSEAYP) as the Nippon Maru vessel carrying more than 300 participating youths (PYs) from Japan and Asean member countries recently docked at the Muara Port.
Following this, the PYs were introduced to their host families in a Homestay Matching Ceremony which took place at the Indoor Stadium, Berakas. The PYs will get an opportunity to personally experience the Bruneian culture, tradition and lives as well as taste local delicacies during the time they are living with their host families for three days and two nights.
Witnessing the ceremony yesterday was the Director of Youth and Sports, Awang Haji Abdul Malik bin Haji Mohammad.
The Chairman for the Homestay Matching Ceremony for the 41st SSEAYP programme, Awang Haji Jailani bin Haji Ibrahim, who is also the President of SSEAYP International Brunei (BERSATU Association), highlighted that SSEAYP is dedicated to the idea of promoting friendship and understanding between Japan and Asean member countries through various exchanges by the youth onboard the ship.
“This requires significant efforts by both Japan and Asean member countries and could not be implemented without the support of the Government of Brunei Darussalam, particularly the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports,” he continued.
He also expressed gratitude to the host families for their active participation in supporting the SSEAYP and BERSATU programmes.
“This clearly reflects another aspect of positive contribution of the association to the enhancement of our bilateral relation,” he added.
He also thanked the former participants of SSEAYP especially former Brunei Participating Youth for taking initiatives in supporting people-to-people exchanges by actively becoming host families for SSEAYP.
In sharing the success of the homestay programme this year, the association also managed to recruit new host families. He also encouraged the PYs to learn and attain more knowledge oabout the socio-cultural characteristics of Brunei Darussalam and utilise the opportunity to experience Bruneian life.
This year also marked the 30th Brunei-Japan diplomatic relationship. SSEAYP International Brunei and BERSATU have made tremendous efforts and given enthusiastic cooperation to the programme for the past three decades.
The Nippon Maru will be leaving the Sultanate on November 16 to other ports of call in Cambodia, Myanmar and Indonesia before returning to Japan.