| Wani Roslan |
LIKE many other countries the world over, Brunei is taking serious steps to ensure quality education for its citizens so as to achieve a better life, and to ensure resilience of the people, religion and country.
Minister of Religious Affairs Pengiran Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman underlined this yesterday in his opening speech at the International Conference on Teachers Education (ICOTE) 2014 held at The Empire Hotel & Country Club.
He explained the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam is placing high concern in the field of education and providing substantial funds to develop public- and religion-oriented education in the country.
The balance between them will produce human capital with its own identity and ensure the welfare, development, prosperity and harmony of the country.
“The theme of the conference ‘Teachers Education in Islamic Perspective’ suits the objectives of producing teachers who are competent, particularly in the field of Islamic Religious education, or producing common teachers with good religious educational background, hence allowing religious teachers to play the role of ‘Muallim’, ‘Murabbi’ and ‘Daie’,” he added.
Teachers play an important role in all stages, from kindergarten, lower and upper secondary levels to undegraduate and postgraduates levels, and with a strong sense of profound knowledge and being good in delivering knowledge, the students will succeed brilliantly.
He emphasised that despite the goal of producing knowledgeable teachers who are efficient, competent and wise, in the Islamic persepective, a Muslim teacher should not only be knowledgeable but also confident. He must also believe he will receive blessings from Allah the Almighty for the knowledge he imparts onto students.
“Muslim teachers particularly those who teach Islamic knowledge, apart from knowing the traditional techniques such as memorising the Al-Quran, they need to also know modern conventional techniques by adapting any technique that can fit into Islamic education,” said the minister.