10 years of localised impact

Global Shapers Community Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) Hub (GSCBSB) kicked off a new term with a curatorship handover event at the Lecture Theatre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas recently.

Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Khairunnisa binti Haji Ash’ari, founding curator Shaun Hoon and local non-governmental organisations’ (NGOs) members were present.

Shaun Hoon spoke about how the BSB Hub began and grew since 2015, while outgoing curator Wan Afifi bin Wan Ali highlighted the importance of finding a supportive community to reach a common goal.

“This is all possible due to the collective strength, intellect and willpower of each shaper that have voluntarily contributed their time and energy towards the common goal. I am proud to have been empowered by my very own team of shapers,” he said.

Global Shapers BSB Hub’s mission is to empower youth employability through capacity-building and development at grassroots levels. This year, the Global Shapers Community celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Curator Syahmi Zulfadhli bin Abdullah presented the Global Shapers Millennial Manifesto, a ratified community guideline outlining the community’s mission and how they approach issues.

Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Khairunnisa binti Awang Haji Ash’ari with the Global Shapers Community Bandar Seri Begawan Hub members. PHOTO: GSCBSB

An impact report showing the projects carried out by the hub from 2019-2021 was also presented by impact officer 2021/22 Nurul Hazirah binti Haji Zainuddin.

She noted how the pandemic forced the hub to change its approach in project implementation, including launching a flagship programme, ‘Skills for the Future’, in June 2020.

Throughout the one-year term, the project quickly grew and attracted public interest. It progressed from small virtual sessions to a large-scale physical event during its fourth instalment at Laksamana College of Business in March 2021.

The programme was curated in response to the Top 10 Skills highlighted in the World Economic Forum Future of Jobs Report. Within four phases, the hub conducted 10 workshops for over 150 participants.

To mark the end of another eventful term, the event showcased the hub’s previous projects such as Skills for the Future: Cognitive Flexibility led by Nasri Tahir and Curhat di Bawah Payung. The event also saw the handover ceremony of curatorship from outgoing curator 2020/21 Wan Afifi to 2021/22 curator Syahmi Zulfadhli and vice-curator ‘Atiyah Hana binti Kaflee.

In his speech, Syahmi Zulfadhli reiterated the hub’s commitment to addressing unemployment issues among Brunei youth.

The Global Shapers Community Curator’s Meeting is usually held in Geneva, Switzerland annually but for its second year, was held online due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Global Shapers BSB is open for recruitment for youth under 30 years.