His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday emphasised the potential of youth for development and called on the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association (PPNBD) to lead in youth education and training through its programmes.
The monarch highlighted that the scout association is the country’s oldest non-governmental organisation, celebrating its 90th anniversary since its establishment in 1933.
The association has continued to strive to remain relevant by providing the younger generation with development programmes.
His Majesty believes the scout movement should lead youth education. The monarch said youth are the nation’s assets, with a need to be educated and trained through methods suited to their interest and development so they will have a strong self-identity and be able to adapt to various changes.
His Majesty said the scouts should not only focus on basic skills, but also equip its members with 21st Century skills for resilient human capital development.
The monarch hopes that the PPNBD will continue to provide beneficial programmes for the country’s survivability and taking into account the goals of Brunei Vision 2035.
The monarch also urged scouts to uphold the principles of scouting and setting a positive example for the younger generation. – Rokiah Mahmud