The youth festival was held to “create awareness among the general public about the government’s commitment in recognising the achievements, the role and contribution of young people and youth organisations in the development of the state and country”.
The theme for this year’s festival was the ‘Future Is Now’ recognising that youth development is a shared responsibility and the young people of today are the future leaders of the country.
Here at Raleigh we strongly believe that young people are agents of change on both a global and local scale. We aim to support meaningful change, during our expeditions and beyond, to motivate and guide young people to work alongside others and lead by example. We want to inspire young people to be agents of change.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports Sabah, our supporting Ministry, kindly invited Raleigh to attend the festival and let us set up a stall in their dedicated area at the event. Over the weekend through our stall we spoke to hundreds of young people from across Sabah and shared with them our project work here in Borneo.
Raleigh are working to increase the number of local volunteers from Malaysia involved in expedition projects. Through attending events, like this youth festival, it gives the opportunity to recruit more local young people to volunteer with Raleigh. Increasing the numbers of young people volunteering Malaysia will empower and develop future leaders in Malaysia to have their say in decisions affecting their futures.
Home country volunteers provide unique cultural insight to our projects and help to enrich and enhance the project outcomes. Raleigh’s work in Borneo gives the opportunity for local and international young volunteers to work side-by-side to feel empowered and to make sustainable changes together.
It was fantastic to be joined over the weekend with some local alumni who had seen us post about being at the festival on social media. They visited us on the stall to catch up with what they had been doing since completing expeditions with Raleigh.
Al Malik from expedition 12K said:
“I saw Raleigh post on Facebook that they were here at the festival in my hometown, I couldn’t wait to come and see everyone on the stall. The Raleigh experience has never left me, it has had such a positive impact on all areas of my life since. I left Raleigh feeling more confident ready to continue my studies and grow as a person. I really encourage local young people from Malaysia to volunteer, it is great to learn more about Borneo and feel like I made a difference in my home country.”
June 2016 – Summer expeditions commence!