Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman consented to grace and launch the 16th International School Brunei Borneo Global Issues Conference (ISB BGIC) at the Main Conference Hall of the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas yesterday.
Themed ‘Youths Call for More Sustainable Cities and Communities’, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports is the conference’s partner to promote youth leadership and community links towards achieving Brunei Vision 2035.
The event began with a welcoming address by Executive Principal of ISB Laura Thomas who among others noted that ISB continuously hosts the student-run conference to promote multi-sectoral collaboration to benefit the local community.
“We continuously host this student-run conference to promote multi-sectoral collaboration to benefit our local community. We are very pleased that ISB BGIC continues to provide positive learning opportunities and a platform for youth voice and empowerment,” she said.
The keynote address of the conference’s theme was delivered by guest speakers Darren Tan who leads the Education and Community Outreach efforts at ComCrop Singapore, and Chloe King, a 2019 Fulbright US Scholar conducting research in sustainable tourism in Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Her Royal Highness, who is the Royal Patron of ISB BGIC, delivered a sabda before officially opening the conference and consented to receive a memento.
Her Royal Highness also presented certificates of participation to representatives from 25 schools attending the conference and certificates of appreciation to the sponsors of the event before posing for a group photo with the certificate recipients.
The sponsors are Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd, Baiduri Bank Berhad, Progresif Sdn Bhd, AirCat Logistics Sdn Bhd, Interhouse Company (Canon), D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd, Brunei Press Sdn Bhd (Borneo Bulletin and Media Permata), TLT Enterprise (Suci water) and Aewon.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin was present.
ISB BGIC is an annual student-led model United Nations conference where participants represent various countries, sharing their views on current and real-world issues.
The four-day conference is an initiative aimed at expanding students’ understanding of global citizenship and improving their public speaking and negotiation skills.