Further strengthen ties between young Brunei and Korea

Izah Azahari

Brunei and South Korea have developed a common understanding through the virtual exchange program strengthening ties across sectors, especially among youth, which was established between the participants, said the Director of Youth and sports Umi Kalthum binti Haji Abdul Karim.

The knowledge and experience of this program is valuable and will help young people to accept and understand different cultures and improve relations between the two countries, said Umi Kalthum.

“The program has been implemented virtually for the third time and it is hoped that it can be organized physically by next year,” she said.

The director, as a guest of honor, made the remarks during the closing ceremony of the Brunei Darussalam-Korea Virtual Youth Exchange Program 2022. It was organized by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) through its Department of Youth and Sports in cooperation with the Korea Youth Labor Agency (KYWA) and the Ministry of Gender and Family Affairs at Digadong Hall of the Building MCYS yesterday.

The virtual exchange took place on September 15, 16 and 30.

ABOVE AND BELOW: Director of Youth and Sports Umi Kalthum binti Haji Abdul Karim delivers a speech; and a recording of KYWA Executive Director for Youth Policy Planning Kim Hyon-won’s speech at the event. PHOTOS: IZAH AZAHARI

Exchange program participants

The ceremony began with a closing speech recorded by KYWA’s Executive Director for Youth Policy Planning, Kim Hyon-won.

Brunei Representative Berlyanna Indah Yordhana binti Jefry and Korean Representative Seo Hyeon-min also spoke at the event, along with a video presentation on the Sultanate-Korea Intergovernmental Youth Exchange Program 2022 (virtual).

Twenty participants – 10 from each country – made up of young people from associations, high schools, colleges and higher education establishments were divided into two groups according to their age group and the subject of discussion.

Group A, ages 16-18, discussed “Sustainable and Livable Planet”, while Group B, ages 19-24, discussed “The Importance of Digital Transformation and improving the digital transformation capacity of young people”.

The program aimed to create a platform for young people to exchange cultures, share ideas and knowledge.

It is also hoped to broaden the perspective of the two countries by strengthening international cooperation and holding discussions on global issues, especially related to life after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Acting Deputy Director of Youth and Sports Haji Mohamad Ros-fazilah bin Haji Yusly and officers from the department were also present.

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