By Hakim Hayat
Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports at yesterday's opening ceremony for the 9th Southeast Asia National Societies Youth Directors' Meeting. - SIM YH
The Brunei Government has undertaken several initiatives in a commitment to realise the potential of its youths. In the pipeline is the implementation of the Human Resource Development (HRD) policy, to produce skilled and highly educated citizens, as well as to accomplish the National Vision towards 2035.
A Human Resource Fund will also be used to implement various schemes, such as training and employment schemes, capacity building schemes in the private sector, and scholarship schemes for technical and vocational education in local private institutions.
"For those unable to continue in the formal academic stream, the Youth Development Centre will train them on skills required by the market. The HRD policy also includes inculcating our Malay Islamic Monarchy ideology."
This was revealed by the Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Hj Ismail bin Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Setia Dato Paduka Hj Hashim, at the opening ceremony for the 9th Southeast Asia National Societies Youth Directors Meeting yesterday at the Radisson Hotel.
The policy, he said, will also incorporate the promotion of youth entrepreneurships, including in other areas, such as creative industries, with the aim to strengthen research and development capabilities in order to maximise the potential in the areas of creativity and innovation.
Aside from this, other objectives include promoting a healthy lifestyle, as well as launching the pilot national youth service that emphasises on self-discipline and resilience, patriotism, entrepreneurship and community service to produce high-spirited youths who are resilient and can take on challenges.
The policy will also involve more youths in volunteering and community work to create a more caring society.
The three-day meeting is co-organised by the Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society and the IFRC SEA (International Federation of Red Crescent Southeast Asia) Regional Delegation.
It aims to help youths in the SEA region in their leadership development and decision-making process. Brunei took part for the first time at last year's eighth meeting in Cambodia.
Youth directors and leaders from eight different national societies of the Southeast Asia region will convene with one common goal throughout the meeting.
Four issues will be the meeting's areas of focus: Sustainability of SEA Youth Directors' Network; Youth as Agents for Behavioural Change; Global Youth Initiatives, as well as the Update and Youth Policy and Youth and the Social Media.
- Borneo Bulletin Weekend - Nov 19th, 2011.