| Rokiah Mahmud |
A TOTAL of 121 students from across all four districts yesterday registered for the 18th intake of the Al-Quran Reading Scheme for Youth. The scheme was introduced in 1997 to produce students who are experienced, knowledgeable and talented in reading the Al-Quran through the use of the ‘Tarannum’ (melody) method.
The 2015/2016 session will see the participation of 91 students from the Brunei-Muara District, nine from the Tutong District, 11 from the Belait District and 10 from the Temburong District. The two-year scheme will run every Friday and Sunday from 8am to 10am.
Students from the Brunei-Muara District yesterday attended a briefing before starting their session at the Beribi Religious School in Gadong.
Pengiran Hajah Salbiah binti Pengiran Haji Mohammad Salleh, the head of Tilawah Al-Quran and Dikir Unit under the Department of Islamic Religious Studies, explained that the primary objective of the scheme is to guide the younger generation who show talent in reading the Al-Quran by using the Tarannum skills.
Additionally, the scheme aims to produce a generation that follows in the footsteps of the national Qari and Qariah readers who have competed at various national and international Tilawah Al-Quran reading competitions.
She noted that 428 applicants had submitted their applications, however, only 368 applicants were called for an interview. Of that figure, only 121 applicants were accepted.