The AdvocaSEA Camp concluded on Friday, March 4, 2022 with a closing ceremony held at Parkview Hotel with U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer, Jeff Barrus in attendance as the guest of honor. The five-day event camp was organized by Sustainable Oceans Alliance (SOA) Brunei with support from the U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan through its Small Grants Program, to provide an opportunity for young people a platform to play bigger roles in conservation.
Held from February 28 to March 4, the AdvocaSEA camp brought together selected youth leaders from various schools in Brunei aged between 18 – 23 years old for a capacity-building program focused on Marine Conservation.
“Providing an educational yet enriching fun experience, the program was held at The Core and it gave an opportunity for participating youths to meet and learn with fellow nature lovers through a series of workshops & activities of learning about conservation, inclusivity as well as public speaking, project pitching and budget planning, “ said Shaima Misli, the project manager of the program. Our participants also experienced adventurous activities such as snorkeling at Pelong Rocks.
At the end of the program, the participants pitched a follow-up project and three groups were selected and given grants to implement their respective projects that are geared towards helping communities and marine conservation. Their projects will be funded by the Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) and the U.S. Embassy in Brunei with each group granted 500BND to execute their follow-up projects.
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