Monday, July 22, 2024
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Youth begin debate on global challenges

Izah Azahari

Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman launched the 18th International School Brunei Borneo Global Issues Conference (ISB BGIC) at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Berakas yesterday.

Her Royal Highness also delivered a sabda highlighting that ISB BGIC provides a platform for the youth to emulate world leaders in producing resolutions to promote health and well-being, reduce international disparity, and mitigate the negative impacts of COVID-19.

The ISB BGIC is an annual student-led Model United Nations style conference where participants represent countries to address various views on current and real world issues.

This year’s event is also in support of the Brunei Mid-Year Conference and Exhibition 2022.

The initiative is aimed at the development of students’ understanding of global citizenship and critical skills in research, public speaking and negotiation.

ABOVE & BELOW: Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman presents a memento to a sponsor; and Her Royal Highness rings the ceremonial gong to launch the conference. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

ABOVE & BELOW: Her Royal Highness presents students with certificates

ABOVE & BELOW: Student participants at the conference

Chief Executive Officer of Gleneagles JPMC Sdn Bhd (JPMC) Dr Peter Tay, and founder of The Impian Project Lailatul Zubaidah binti Haji Mohd Hussain delivered keynote addresses on the conference theme: ‘Good Health and Well-Being’.

Her Royal Highness presented mementos to sponsors and supporters – Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd, Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd, Gleneagles JPMC Sdn Bhd, Dynamik Technologies Sdn Bhd, Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) and Butra HeidelbergCement Sdn Bhd, with support from TLT Enterprise, Interhouse Company, Air Cat Logistics Sdn Bhd, D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd, Brunei Press Sdn Bhd and Aewon Garment and Embroidery.

Her Royal Highness also presented certificates of participation to representatives from 21 schools attending the conference.

Her Royal Highness was also presented a memento to show ISB’s gratitude for consenting to grace the opening ceremony.

ISB Executive Principal Tony Macfadyen in his opening remarks thanked Her Royal Highness for gracing the event, and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports for supporting the participating schools and students in developing their youth leadership and enhancing active learning experiences beyond the classroom. He thanked the sponsors for helping to foster international cooperation, develop caring global citizens in the community and increase the country’s human capital.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Awang Haji Nazmi bin Haji Mohamad, as well as invited foreign dignitaries, school officials and student representatives were also present.