Brunei students leave for youth programme in Japan

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - Two students from the International School Brunei (ISB), Ernie Lam and Hafidz Isham, left for Japan yesterday to participate in the Toshiba Youth Club Asia (TYCA) programme held from today until December 29.

The students were accompanied by Dayangku Habibah binti Pengiran Haji Hidup, a representative of the Brunei Association of Japan Alumni (BAJA), as the advisor for the programme.

Other participants of the programme are from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Japan.

Jointly organised by Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO), Toshiba Thai Foundation (TTFD) and Asia Japan Alumni (ASJA) International, and coordinated locally by BAJA, the one-week programme in Tokyo is aimed at creating a network of young Asian leaders who will work towards contributing to the future development of a sustainable society.

The students will learn and appreciate each other’s culture for the preservation of diversity in the Asian region.

They will also discuss and share the current situations of their countries regarding energy and environmental issues; advanced technological solutions; sustainability and international cooperation; and the economic and social development of the region.

The students will work together to create and propose a long-term vision of Asia towards 2040, and how to realise that vision. They will attend lectures, workshops and study tours of Japan.

Hafidz, an International Baccalaureate Year 12 student, expressed his excitement to represent ISB and Brunei in this year’s TYCA programme.

He said, "I believe that the nature of this whole programme is very important and beneficial, as it is enlightening for a student like me to be aware of the key issues in the Asean region, as well as discussing ideas to ensure sustainability for our future."

Ernie, also an International Baccalaureate Year 12 student, said that he felt honoured at being chosen to take part in the event.

"It’s really great to be selected to go to Tokyo to represent Brunei and ISB," he said.

"This is my first visit to Japan so this will be a great opportunity for me to learn about the Japanese culture. I am really excited at the prospect of discussing topics on world issues and to bring back knowledge on these issues," he said.

It is hoped that this programme will benefit the participants and improve the cultural exchange among the future leaders of Brunei and their Asean counterparts.