20 Brunei, Korea youth join exchange programme

Lyna Mohamad

Twenty youth from Brunei and Korea are participating in a three-day virtual Korea-Brunei Youth Exchange Programme beginning yesterday, jointly organised by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) through the Youth and Sports Department, Korea’s Ministry of Gender Equality and Family and Korea Youth Work Agency (KYWA).

The programme continues today, with the closing ceremony to be held on December 4.

The event serves as one of the continuous efforts in strengthening the bilateral ties and cooperation between Brunei Darussalam and Korea, expanding in various fields including culture and youth.

Themed ‘Digital Life: The New Norms for Future’, the programme features an ice-breaking session, culture exchanges, group dialogues, presentations, sharing sessions and discussions on COVID-19’s impact on daily lives.

Yesterday, the event began with an opening ceremony, which saw speeches delivered by Youth and Sports Department Acting Director Zainab binti Morshidi representing Brunei and KYWA Executive Director of Youth Policy Planning Kim Hyon Won representing Korea.

Zainab said the programme provides a platform for the participants to explore best practices to create new norms that could benefit both countries, while gaining knowledge on cultures, daily lives and post pandemic reality.

She also called on the Sultanate’s youth to take the opportunity to participate in youth programmes, and expressed hope of organising similar events with Korean youth in the future, with the aim of achieving sustainable and inclusive development in the region.