Future youth leaders buffer skills set

Azlan Othman

The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, through the Youth and Sports Department, and the Japanese government are holding the Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Programme (SSEAYP) Future Youth Leaders Conference online for four days – January 24, January 31, February 7 and February 21 – at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.

The virtual conference further promotes the friendship and exchange of youth between Japan and ASEAN member countries, and replaces the 47th SSEAYP scheduled to be held in 2020. It is a new programme agreed upon during the Conference of Representatives of ASEAN and Japan last July.

Two conferences are featured at the youth meet – Next Generation Leaders Conference and SSEAYP Conference for Considering its Role and Significance. The former aimed to cultivate leadership skills in various fields, strengthen friendships and understanding as well as improve practical skills in the international community. By deepening discussions in each field, participants established relationships and build networks with youth across ASEAN member countries and Japan who can lead their activities in the future.

Nine topics were discussed at the conference, based on the COVID-19 pandemic situation: policy; diplomacy; education; global company; entrepreneurship; ICT; NGO/NPO; environment and disaster risk reduction; and infrastructure. A facilitator led each discussion group and activities included virtual field studies.

A total of 27 youth from all four districts attended the Next Generation Leaders Conference.

Meanwhile, the SSEAYP Conference for Considering its Role and Significance will be attended by four SSEAYP alumni. Participants will discuss improvements that can be made to the SSEAYP programme to better contribute to the friendship and development of youth in the future.

Participants at the online conference. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN