The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports have outlined five major focuses in empowering youth affairs. This is in line with the country's aspiration for a generation of youth who are brave and ready to lead the country's development.
Getting the youth involved in national development to accomplish Wawasan Negara 2035, so that no youth will be left out or drop out of any national development effort, is the main focus in youth affairs. The Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has often stressed that the youth should play a role in planning and sparking national development in a holistic manner.
In developing youth leadership, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports outlines two approaches, namely exposure and active youth involvement. In exposing youth to the best leadership practices, in the country or abroad, the Ministry will continue the Youth Associations Leadership Program conducted by the Outward-Bound Brunei Darussalam Centre and Brunei-Singapore Youth Leaders Exchange Program. These programs are the continuation and enhancement of the District Youth Exchange Program which will gather youth from the four districts on a nationwide tour as a symbol of unity and integration. This is the beginning towards establishing the Borneo Youth Bus Program.
Realizing that providing exposure is not sufficient, the Ministry will ensure the youth are mentored to takeover and become successors in the leadership of youth associations and voluntary programs, including the Mukim and Village Consultative Councils. The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports will also revive the Youth Congress and Youth Dialogue Program to provide avenues which will enable the youth to be involved in the planning and formulation of national development.
Efforts to instil volunteerism amongst the youth have been fruitful. According to the ministry, so far more than six thousand volunteers have registered with it since 2016. The formation of the National Service Program, PKBN Alumni Association has given added value to youth volunteers activities. To further boost volunteerism and the number of youth who are committed and active in voluntary work, the ministry advocates the establishment of a national voluntary body or organization either as a Council or any other suitable entity to move and coordinate collective volunteer activities.
In the effort to increase youth contributions to the country's economy, the ministry is also organizing a strategy to enhance the youth's knowledge and skills in economy and entrepreneurship. In this relation, the role of the Youth Development Centre, PPB, will be upgraded to encourage and provide opportunities and skills training in line with market demands or needs. The centre is targeting increasing private sector strategic partners in order to open more opportunities for youth to start-up their own enterprises, including in agriculture and fisheries.
The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports will continue to study policies towards the efficacy of the programs and activities by assessing their sustainability and endurance. This includes objective assessment of the efficacy and success of the National Service Program, PKBN to produce Excellent Bruneian Youth.
Source: Radio Television Brunei