Post-graduate civic village programme leaves 15 more knowledgeable

Rokiah Mahmud & Azlan Othman

The Information Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) through its Nationhood Unit, Nationhood and Community Division held its first Post-Graduate Civic Village Programme for 2020. The programme began on February 8 and will end on February 14.

Fifteen post-graduate students from local and overseas higher education institutions participated in the one-week programme.

The programme’s face-to-face initiative enabled the department to disseminate official government information to the public. It also encourages the participants to be more proactive and competitive in this job climate.

The programme was started in 1976 and focusses on graduates aspiring to be entrepreneurs or those who are yet to be employed.

Monday’s programme began with a mass Subuh prayer and a religious talk by Islamic Da’wah Centre‘s Dakwah Propagation Division Ustaz Dr Andus Ismuhadi bin Haji Abdullah at Utama Mohammad Salleh Mosque in Pekan Bangar.

ABOVE & BELOW: Participants learn how to make ambulong; and participants try their hands at making currypuffs. PHOTOS: INFORMATION DEPARTMENT

Participants during a trust-fall exercise. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN

The participants also visited Outward Bound Brunei Darussalam (OBBD), Batang Duri Camp in the Temburong District.

The Information Officer in his capacity as the Secretariat of the programme Mohammad Hisyam bin Idris delivered a briefing on ‘Roles and Responsibilities of the People Towards Nation’.

This was followed by a briefing on Brunei Vision 2035 by Special Duties Officer Grade II Amalina binti Haji Tengah from the Sekretariat Tetap Wawasan Brunei 2035. The briefing focussed on how to disseminate Brunei Vision 2035 to its target audience – the youth – aside from the PMO’s initiatives via mass media, workshops and briefings.

A briefing by Ease of Doing Business Officer Hajah Yuna Abyana binti Haji Ahmad shared the three things needed for a conducive business environment: fast permission process, low-cost and pro-business regulations.

During the afternoon session, the participants visited several Village Consultative Councils (MPK) in Temburong District that included the MPK Senukoh, MPK Batu Apoi and MPK Menengah.

The programme also held a special ice breaking session where they participated in trust-fall exercises, flying fox, and team building activities such as ‘build cargo parachute’.