28 youths and a national leader will represent Brunei at the 45th Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Programme, SSEAYP, 2018. Since it was initiated in 1974, SSEAYP becomes an international youth exchange programme specifically for ASEAN countries and Japan. The 52-day programme aims to produce a global understanding and cooperation, aside from learning about a particular country's culture, politics and economic development. Muzakkir Haji Besrah takes a look at the contingent's preparations for the program.

From more than 100 applications, only 28 youths are selected for the 45th SSEAYP intake 2018, which is organised by the Government of Japan. Since the journey requires youth to board on a cruise for nearly two months, they need to possess a strong physical and mental. Participants will be involved in discussion sessions that cover Media and Information, International Relations for ASEAN-Japan Cooperation, Quality Education and Diplomacy between Youth. Hence, participants has equipped themselves with teamwork and leadership as well as effective communication.

Before embarking on their tour, they will carry out their duties and responsibilities being entrusted to them as the country's small ambassador, and are expected to realise the SSEAYP's objective. The country's contingent is led by Awang Haji Mohd Iqbal Fakhri bin Haji Damit, the President of Ilham Association, Deputy Secretary-General of Bersatu Association and Co-Founder of 'Hand 4 Hand BN'. Awang Haji Mohd Iqbal Fakhri possesses a wide range of experience in voluntary works, humanity, community and youth activities. Their involvement in the programme is expected to enhance their leadership, promote culture as well as friendship among participants from other countries.

Cultural performances are among the activities. For the representatives, it becomes a good platform to introduce and raise the uniqueness of culture and tradition of the Brunei community. The contingent, together with youths from ASEAN and Japan, will commence the programme on 23rd of this month until 13th of December 2018. Brunei is given the honour to become the first port of call. SSEAYP which began since 1974, is fully sponsored by the Government of Japan with the cooperation of other ASEAN countries.

Source: Radio Television Brunei