Brunei commits developing attractive and dynamic youth programme
In its effort to provide an attractive and effective youth programme that appeals to the needs and interest of today’s young people, Brunei Scout Association organized National Youth Development Programme workshop from 3-7 December 2011.
The 4-day workshop held at the National Headquarters gathered 30 key Scout leaders who shared in the process of designing an attractive and challenging youth programme that will bring positive change to Scouting. Brunei vowed to increase its membership and felt the need to revise its methods based on what appeals to the young people, yet maintains the values of Scouting.
In his remarks at the closing ceremony Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Acting Director Hj Abdul Malik Hj Mohammad said Brunei’s initiative to hold this workshop was an excellent way to update the Scout leaders on what an attractive youth programme is, that can bring good results to the association when properly implemented.
Among the significant results of the workshop were the plans to develop a handbook for Rovers and to review the Venture Scout Award and the Sultan Scout Award.
Addressing the participants and the guests, Brunei Scout Association Chief Commissioner Hj Awang Badar Hj Awang Ali said the workshop was a practical measure taken by the World Organization of the Scout Movement, Asia-Pacific Regional Office, in assisting National Scout Organizations to achieve their strategic plan. He added that the workshop was able to identify the needs of young people and other things that largely influence them.
This statement was supported by Brunei Scout Association President Dato Paduka Hj Idris Hj Abas who said “Scouting should specifically commits and plays a volunteer-oriented role in the community, providing them with activities that are beneficial to them.” He expressed that all national Scout organizations would commit to provide strong cooperation in making the campaign of designing an attractive and dynamic youth programme.
Present at the workshop was Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed, joined with APR Director Syd Castillo who helped facilitated the workshop with overseas speakers APR Programme Sub-Committee member Malcom Tan Ban Hoe (Singapore) and APR Finance Sub-Committee member Radzwan bin Hussain (Malaysia).
-- Abdul Mannan and Sabtu Timbang, Brunei Darussalam