Skills training in youth friendly environment

|     Danial Norjidi     |

THE objective of the 19th LESTARI Life Skills Training programme is to educate the participants with life skills and interactive youth friendly environment, LESTARI Camp Commandant Siti Najihah Kamilah binti Latif said.

She made these comments during a press conference held at Bloom Café, One Riverside.

The second objective is to mobilise these youth to take responsibility for themselves, their families and their communities. The third is to enable the participants to self-assess and show their potential, she said.

The Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council will hold the training programme on March 21-24.

Siti Najihah said the four-day-three-night programme will take place at the Games Village, Berakas.

LESTARI Camp Commandant Siti Najihah Kamilah binti Latif and other members of the Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council. – DANIAL NORJIDI

LESTARI has been carried out by the Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council since 2004 of which over 700 youth have graduated from the programme.

The programme’s objective is to unleash the full potential of future leaders and shape individuals to cultivate a sense of responsibility to society, family, friends and themselves.

Siti Najihah said LESTARI involves aspects of leadership training, teambuilding, public speaking and teamwork. “All these components are in the four-day programme. We also incorporate awareness on HIV and AIDS in the programme.”

She said she took part in LESTARI in 2008. “It built my confidence level. It built my public speaking skills.”

On why youth should take part in LESTARI, she said, “It is a once in a lifetime training opportunity. In LESTARI you make friends who will be your family, and LESTARI will help you to know yourself, improve yourself.”

She added that joining LESTARI potentially opens doors for other opportunities. “It doesn’t just stop at LESTARI. After that you have a few more activities going on, such as volunteering and helping the community.”

The programme is aimed at youth aged between 16 and 26.

Registration is open until March 10. Applications are limited to 50 people – 25 males and 25 females. The registration fee of BND40 includes meal, accommodation and insurance. Forms can be downloaded at and payment is made online.