Belia Siaga Masa Depan, translated as Future Ready Youth was the theme of this year’s National Youth Day in Brunei. It emphasises on preparing our youth with the capacity in gaining more skills such as critical thinking and the usage of technology in light of the rapidly changing world.  

The theme also addresses the context of Industry revolution four where technology is slowly taking over jobs from the youth. Last Saturday, Brunei Darussalam celebrated the success of what our nation’s youth have achieved so far at the International Convention Centre in Berakas. 

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“Youths should be successful in terms of their personality, education and spirituality based on the concept of ‘Melayu Islam Beraja’. Along with the creativity, innovation and skills that will help the youth be a success in any industries, youth like this will hope an agent of change towards the success and prosperity of the country,” said the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin in his opening speech during the 14th National Youth Day celebration.

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There are plenty of ways that our youth can prepare for the future challenges of the nation such as volunteering and networking. Pg Salimatul Sa’ada Pg Mohd Saleh, Ministry of Education officer and President of SCOT who was awarded The Youth Leader Award during event said that youth can start by improving themselves first by getting to know themselves and what they want to do in the future and then they can start to go volunteering and get to expand their network, which will help youths in creating future large scale projects that can help the country.

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Pg Salimatul Sa’ada also mentioned one of the future challenges that youth will face is the rising rate of unemployment. While youth today is facing the same issues, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Titah mentioned about youth entrepreneurship and consistently encouraging our youth to create their own businesses. Going into business is one of the ways to reduce the unemployment rate in Brunei. Hopefully, they are prepared to face the challenges that will come in the future.

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The theme itself creates a statement that shows the importance of youth in Brunei. The event featured over 88 Bruneian youth entrepreneurs that are successful and have shown continual growth in their businesses from year to year, especially those that have contributed to the country. These will show that youth will be ready to combat the challenges in the future and hopefully bring the nation forward so that they will be ready to compete with foreign countries.