As children form a significant sector in any society, they are the main beneficiaries of the integration and community building process in ASEAN. However, children are also the most vulnerable sector of society that face the greatest risks to manifestations of socio-economic problems, deviant behaviours and violence. Speaking at the Opening of the 5th ASEAN Children's Forum, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports said, whilst ASEAN must always continue to safeguard the welfare of the children by addressing the external risks that they face, there must be more that can be done to reduce the children's vulnerabilities by inculcating a more resilient character in the children so as to prepare them and help them cope better as future leaders of tomorrow.
Yang Berhormat (Retired) Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin said the forum will put the children at the centre stage that serves as a platform for learning and sharing, interacting with each other, listening to their voices, guiding them through all the thinking processes and coaching them on how to make recommendations based on the facts and figures presented to them.
Themed "Our Children, Our Future, Our ASEAN", the three days forum was participated by 70 participants from ASEAN nations including representative from ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), mentor and children aged 12 to 17 years old. Also in attendance were Members of the Legislative Council, Yang Berhormat Dayang Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Awang Haji Abdul Rahman; Yang Berhormat Dayang Nik Hafimi binti Abdul Haadi and Yang Berhormat Dayang Khairunnisa binti Awang Haji Ash'ari.
Source: Radio Television Brunei