| Wani Roslan |
BRUNEI-Singapore Student Leaders Adventure Camp (BSAC) is one of the programmes that the Ministries of Education of Brunei and Singapore have agreed to work on together in hope of shaping future leaders of both nations.
This was highlighted by the guest of honour, the Acting Director of Schools at the Department of Schools, Ministry of Education, Pengiran Sarimah binti Pengiran Haji Ahmad, who also officiated the ceremony yesterday at the Lecture Theatre of Sports School in Kg Pulaie.
She hoped that the programme will pave way for more future cooperation that will contribute towards fortifying the existing ties between Brunei Darussalam and Singapore.
“I hope that this camp will help in realising the vision of the organiser which is to strengthen international relations in education as well as to fulfil its mission of providing the participants with ample international learning opportunities and exposure towards holistic and quality education,” she said.
She also pointed out that the camp intends to inculcate within its participants, the importance of environment conservation together with its flora and fauna, while at the same time, recognise and appreciate the cultural heritage of others and develop them with leadership skills, teamwork, creativity and problem solving.
A total of 40 participants – 20 from each country – accompanied by eight chaperones took part in the camp in which among the activities planned include hiking at Tasek Lama Recreational Park, overnight camping at Berakas Forest Reserve Recreational Park, activities in Kampong Bakiau paddy fields in Tutong, visiting Bio Innovative Corridor (AgroPark) and home visit to Kampong Sungai Matan.
The ceremony began with the singing of the national anthems of Brunei and Singapore followed by the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat. It then continued with a welcoming speech from Hajah Ainah binti Haji Ibrahim, Head of International Unit of Department of Schools.
Roy Lee Wei Yap, Assistant Director at the Ministry of Education of Singapore said, “The intention of the camp is to foster stronger people-to-people linkages between our two countries and provide a platform for teachers and students from both sides to interact, get to know each other’s cultures and way of life as well as form enduring bonds of friendship.”
There were video presentations of Brunei and Singapore adventure camps from 2007 to 2013 as well as cultural performances.