Korean students with their foster parent in a group photo
BY Syazwani Hj Rosli
THE 10 Korean students currently in Brunei for the Intergovernmental Youth Exchange Programme Between Brunei Darussalam and Republic of Korea on Friday met their foster Bruneian families in a matching ceremony held at the Kiulap Plaza Hotel.
Present as the guest of honour at the ceremony was the Acting Director of Youth and Sports at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Mariam binti Ulat.
In an interview, one of the foster parents, Nurhisyam Al Mu’iz bin Abdul Rahman from Kampong Mata-Mata, who adopted three of the Korean students, said that he was excited to invite the youngsters to learn and experience the lifestyle of the Bruneian people.
He said that he plans to bring the students to visit his family members as a way to provide exposure and opportunity for the students to experience Brunei’s culture. “We will also bring them for sightseeing around the capital and get them to try local food such as ambuyat and others. I hope that they will be able to understand our culture”, he added.
According to Nurhisyam Al Mu’iz, he has played host since 2016 and has been active in adopting foreign students ever since. “I have teenage children as well, so I think it is also an opportunity for my children and my adopted ones to enjoy and have fun as a family”.
The matching ceremony ended with a group photo session.
The exchange programme, among others, aimed to foster friendship and understanding between youth from both countries in a harmonious and friendly environment through healthy interactions and sharing views as well as experiences.
Acting Director of Youth and Sports at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Mariam binti Ulat in a group photo with foster parent Nurhisyam Al Mu’iz bin Abdul Rahman and three Korean students. – PHOTOS: SYAZWANI HJ ROSLI
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin