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The BIBD Youth Empowerment Summit (BIBD YES!) 2021 ended on a high note yesterday with the participation of over 700 youth in the past three weeks and a call for the youth to work together in helping the less privileged groups of the society.
In his closing remarks, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin said the young people of Brunei brings new creativity and passion to achieve the best for the Sultanate.
“Because of you, all of us are optimistic for the future, especially as we look forward to recover better and stronger from COVID-19,” he said. “By working together, keeping our focus on the most vulnerable in our community and in many different ways, maximising every blessing in disguise, including your participation in this virtual platform, all of you showed how much we can achieve through directed action.”
The minister said during the first wave of COVID-19 in Brunei, over 7,000 individuals of different ages and backgrounds had registered as volunteers to help the government fight the spread of the virus. Meanwhile as of August this year, following the second wave of COVID-19 that hit Brunei, a number of them sent food provisions to more than 20,000 households, covering almost 112,000 people nationwide and the number is still growing.
“We, as Bruneians of the present and the future will always have a common duty to realise 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’s aspirations through Vision 2035. It is up to us to embrace this call and to maximise platforms, to not only be part of this change but also to steer, act and drive to reach the destination,” the minister added.
Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) took the leading role as the host sponsor for this year in a collaborative effort to help develop resilient future leaders, together with Double Platinum Sponsor, TotalEnergies EP (Brunei) BV, Platinum Sponsors – Brunei Gas Carriers, Brunei LNG, CIC Environmental Services, Insurans Islam TAIB and Progresif, Gold Sponsor Jerudong Park Medical Centre, and Silver Sponsors Teck Guan Holdings and McDonald’s Brunei.
Through the summit, BIBD is displaying its commitment in its corporate social responsibility and belief in education and youth empowerment as a crucial aspect of national development.
Social and community projects are also among the cornerstones of BIBD’s commitment and sustainability goals in ensuring the community lives in an environment which allows them to thrive and prosper.
This was also the third year Curious Mind organised the event with the endorsement of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Education’s support. The virtual three-week programme saw 79 speakers including 53 Youth Speakers, nine mentors from the sponsors, 14 local speakers and three distinguished international speakers.
The closing session highlights included a dialogue entitled ‘Youth for Climate Action’ between Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Khairunnisa binti Haji Ash’ari, Co-founder of Green Brunei and Dina Yahya, Head of Brunei Climate Change Secretariat.
Other participant was Rumaitha Al Busaidi, an advocate of climate change from Oman, whose TED Talk, which emphasised on the importance of youth participation in making positive changes in the world, was viewed by over 1.2 million people since earlier this year.
Other Brunei’s leading youth included the ASEAN Youth Advocates Network Brunei, MY Actions for SDGs Brunei and Community for Brunei.
(News Source: Borneo Bulletin)