Empowering Orang Asli Youth – A Hope for the Future
As the saying goes, young people are the leaders of tomorrow. The next generation possesses a crucial role in nation-building and all of us have a part to play.
In March 2022, staff based in Pusat CARE Kampar ran their annual Kem Belia - a 3D2N camp specially designed for Orang Asli(OA) youth, after a 2-year hiatus caused by the pandemic. Kem Belia is open to Orang Asli youth aged between 13 to 18 years old. This leadership camp aims to instill leadership skills and values while addressing issues faced by the community.
Through Kem Belia, we aim to build their self-confidence, technical skills as well as soft skills. We facilitated several activities such as team-building session - Sesi Bergandingan Tangan whereas Sesi Hak Asasi Manusia and Sesi Jati Diri focus on OA rights and self-identity. Kem Belia also serves as a platform for OA youths from various communities to gather together and further promote unity amongst different villages.
We reached out to several Kem Belia participants and facilitators to find out how Kem Belia made an impact on them (full video at the end). They were posed with questions; to which they had shared responses and some takeaways.
We believe a programme like Kem Belia is important as it gives the youth the needed exposure and opportunity for experiential learning. Through various support, we can empower them to take ownership and be good leaders to alleviate their own community, now and for the future.