Student-led conference puts equality gaps on the table

Rokiah Mahmud

Student-delegates are debating on resolutions to address inequalities based on gender, race and education at the 17th International School Brunei Borneo Global Issues Conference (ISB BGIC).

The conference attended by 300 delegates from 22 schools began yesterday and will continue until March 8 at the International Convention Centre. The conference focussed on 10th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG10) – Reduced Inequalities.

Inequalities based on race, gender and education has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic, said a statement from ISB BGIC. This had led to deepening gaps in wealth, opportunities, accessibilities and a range of other societal measures.

The delegates had a month to prepare and research on these topics to be addressed during the conference.

ISB BGIC is an annual student-led Model United Nations (UN) style conference where participants represent countries to address various views on current, real world issues. This initiative is to develop students’ understanding of global citizenship and critical skills in research, public speaking and negotiation. ISB BGIC also invited two keynote speakers, Acting Director of Prisons Department Haji Muhammad ‘Isamuddin bin Abdullah Juna and board member of An-Nur Harapan Noorsurainah binti Tengah

ISB BGIC is sponsored by Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd and Progresif Sdn Bhd. Other sponsors include Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd and Brunei Cement, with support from TLT Enterprise, Interhouse, D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd and Brunei Press Sdn Bhd. The conference is jointly hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and ISB.

A press conference held prior to the start of the 17th International School Brunei Borneo Global Issues Conference. PHOTO: ROKIAH MAHMUD