Syazwani Hj Rosli
The Youth and Sports Department held the launching ceremony of the International Exploration Camp (Kem Eksplorasi Antarabangsa – KEA) at the Sports Village of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex, Berakas yesterday.
KEA is a programme organised by the Alumni of International Programmes (APPA), former participants of international programmes organised by the department including Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Programme (SSEAYP), Japan – East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS), ASEAN Youth Representatives in Experiencing the Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy (AY-REPSE), ASEAN Youth Interfaith, ASEAN Youth Interface with ASEAN Leaders, and Brunei-Korea Youth Exchange Programme (BK-YEP).
The guest of honour, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Youth and Sports) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin bin Pengiran Haji Said officiated.
The event began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Mohd Rafee’ bin Haji Awang Isa.
The guest of honour said youth are a valuable asset to the nation in meeting the govenment’s aspiration for the Industrial Revolution 4.0 in improving economic stability.
He emphasised that the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports have provided facilities and business opportunities for youth to venture into livestock and agriculture. He also said the ministry invested in sending youth to participate in regional and international programmes.
Deputy Chairman I of KEA Nursyazwani binti Haji Rosaimi said this is their first event which received an overwhelming response attracting around 100 participants from several youth associations, mosque youth groups, secondary schools and individuals.
“Insya Allah, participants will be exposed to capacity building programmes, discussions of youth issues in the ASEAN region and Japan, volunteering activities and a visit to the Marine Biodiversity Centre,” she said.
She said the activities are intended to foster the spirit of leadership and teamwork, as well as enhance the participants’ creativity.
The camp held for three days and two nights, concludes tomorrow.