Highlighting the important role youth play as the catalyst in transforming the future and driving the nation to achieve Vision 2035, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) final year students undertaking the module BB-4332 Project Management organised UBD Youth Empowerment Day.
With a total of 19 local businesses and 17 local organisations participating over the two days, the event aims to encourage participation and empowerment in various aspects including leadership, environmental awareness, innovation and the Sultanate's national philosophy of Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB). UBD Youth Empowerment Day was held in response to His Majesty's call for youth empowerment and for them to become more mature, patriotic, religiously inclined as well as more competitive and aware of the importance of employability and marketability. Through this initiative, it is hoped that youths will be inspired and empowered to make a difference within their respective communities and beyond.
Among the highlights of the first day was the Tausyeh Competition for invited Higher Education Institutions only, i.e., UBD, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) and Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB). Meanwhile, the second day of the event featured gulintangan and cultural performances. These activities were intended to liven up the teachings of Islam through Zikir Tausyeh while exposing hidden talents among participants and raising awareness of Bruneian culture, upholding the MIB concept.
Ongoing activities on both days include MIB quizzes, Brunei traditional games, PS4 FIFA '17 tournament competition, car wash services as well as food and beverage vendors. In addition, exhibitors which included private and government agencies, and youth organisations showcased their respective products and services.
The event was officially launched by Yang Berhormat Dayang Khairunnisa Awang Haji Ash'ari, a member of Legislative Council, Community Engagement Director for Green Brunei, Director of Green Exchange for Society for Community Outreach and Training (SCOT) and the Head of International Relations at Brunei Youth Council. Also present were the Dean of Faculty of Integrated Technologies (FIT), Professor Dr Liyanage C De Silva, faculty staff members and members of invited organisations.
UBD alumni YB Dayang Khairunnisa said "It's remarkable to see how far UBD has come in producing outstanding graduates through various exposures to real life application."
Youth movement in Brunei has been encouraging as His Majesty has emphasised the importance of youth in nation development. "There has been an increase in the involvement of youth in volunteer work especially in community development and humanitarian efforts," she added. "This is a positive sign that we see more youth active and committed to their country. It is important that youth are equipped with the right knowledge and be guided towards making informed decisions as well as developing their communication and leadership skills to contribute towards positive change in their communities."
"We do not have to wait until the future to initiate change. Start now. We all have a role to play in achieving Brunei's Wawasan 2035 and the Sustainable Development Goals."
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