The Youth and Sports Department of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) held an appreciation ceremony for the 15th Belia Cinta Tanah Air Programme (PBCTA) at the Riadah Hall of the Youth Centre in Bandar Seri Begawan yesterday.
The guest of honour, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Pengiran Haji Mohd Hasnan bin Pengiran Haji Ali Hassan, presented certificates to participants.
The event saw 42 youth from four districts receiving certificates of appreciation for their participation in the programme in conjunction with the 36th National Day.
Muhd Qutbul Islam bin Haji Suhaimi was named the best male participant, while Hamizahtul Liyana binti Haji Hamdilah won best female participant award.
The proceedings began with the singing of the national anthem, followed by the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat led by Muhd Qutbul Islam.
Acting Director of Youth and Sports Mariam binti Ulat as Chairperson of the PBCTA in her welcoming remarks, said, “The PBCTA was introduced in 2006 in conjunction with Brunei Darussalam’s National Day celebration with the primary focus of sustainable youth development.”
She said the PBCTA is carried out by the Youth and Sports Department, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Education as well as youth associations and movements.
Two representatives of the PBCTA participants – Mohd Amani Fikri bin Haji Md Jaffari and Hamizahtul Liyana binti Haji Hamdilah – gave a presentation on taking part in the programme, before the screening of a video showcasing the programme’s various activities. This was followed by the presentation of certificates.
The programme which began on February 16 saw participants involved in activities including in the giant-sized flag hoisting ceremony for the National Day celebrations, the Kembara 36 trek, Eksplorasi Calak Brunei (villages), the Doa Kesyukuran ceremony for the National Day celebration and the National Day parade.
The PBCTA’s objectives are to increase national spirit and unity towards among youth through the arranged activities; to inspire youth to actively participate in youth development activities such as leadership, community, volunteerism, religion and sports; as well as to foster a spirit of friendship, mutual support and helping one another, according to Information Department’s release yesterday.
It was shared that the programme continues with the hope of producing more youth who are patriotic, visionary and values national identity. It is hoped that the programme will serve as a mechanism to guide youth to engage in national and community activities with the hope of having a patriotic impact among youth and enhancing the spirit of patriotism and building physical and spiritual dignity to become more resilient and open-minded in facing challenges.