| Achong Tanjong |
JAWI script has been around for centuries and is deeply ingrained in our community. Its history has played a big role in Brunei because the earlier writings used Jawi not only in religious matters, but also as the official writing in the administration of government and international relations. Affairs of trade and government agreements were written in Jawi.
This was yesterday highlighted by Language and Literature Bureau Director Hajah Aminah binti Haji Momin at Raja Isteri Girls High School (STPRI), during the finals of a Jawi reading competition and prize presentation for a calligraphy and Jawi writing competition and design of Jawi calligraphy and Roman Banner 2014.
In the national education system, Jawi writing continues to develop. Schools started introducing it in the country in 1951. Jawi writing became a study subject and Islamic religious education in the school curriculum in 1936.
However, the development of Jawi writing was delayed in the 1940s when the Japanese came to Brunei in 1941. The teaching of Jawi writing in schools was abolished in 1948, and after the late Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien ascended the throne in 1950, the usage of Jawi writing was once again strengthened, she explained.
The nationwide competition is part of efforts to ensure the continuous use of Jawi writing among students in the country. Children need this exposure because understanding the writing helps them to better read the Al-Quran and Arabic writing.
Present at the event was Acting Assistant Director of Co-Curriculum Education Mohd Sofri bin Haji Mohd Said, principals, senior Co-Curriculum Education officials, headmasters and officers.
A total of 236 male and 118 female students participated in the Jawi reading competition for primary schools. Of this, only nine male and female students competed in the final.
The Jawi writing competition received 27 entries from 14 secondary schools and colleges. Only 13 entries took part in the Jawi calligraphy competition for Sixth Form and Technical students.
Fifteen schools took part in the Design of Jawi Calligraphy and Roman Banner for secondary schools, colleges, sixth form centre and technical institutions.
The Jawi calligraphy competition (Girls category) winners were Farihah Amali binti Junaidi from Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College, Siska Syafawati binti Sabali from Jefri Bolkiah Engineering College and Dayangku Ummul Hasanah binti Pengiran Haji Kamaluddin from Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah.
In the Boys category of the same competition, Awangku Aminor Ridhwan bin Pengiran Amir Hamzah from Lambak Kiri Secondary School emerged as victor, followed by Awangku Mohd Nur Amirul Hisam bin Pengiran Ismail from Sayyidina Umar Al-Khattab Secondary School and Muhammad Haziq bin Hanafiah from Sayyidina Abu Bakar Secondary School.
The Jawi reading competition winners were Norfakhrana Basirah binti Bahrin from Rimba II Primary School, Nurul Khairina binti Kamal from Sengkurong Primary School and Ramliyana Erika binti Haji A Ramly from Datu Ahmad Primary School.
The winners of the Jawi writing (Girls category) for secondary school and college were Fara Wahida binti Jumat from Awang Semaun Secondary School, Dayangku Siti Amaliah binti Pengiran Othman from Rimba Secondary School and Amirah Aina Batrisyia binti Zalani from Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College.
The winners of the Jawi reading competition for schools at the national level were Mohd Zainal Ariffudin bin Mazlan from Putat Primary School, Mohd Khairul Ikhwan bin Rosmali from Muhammad Alam Primary School and Wan Hafiz bin Wan Habib from Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Primary School.
Meanwhile, in the Jawi and Roman Calligraphy competition (Banner), Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit Girls Arabic Religious School took first place, followed by Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and Menglait Secondary School.
The winners of the Jawi Calligraphy (Boys category) competition were Haji Muhammad Aminuddin bin Haji Puteh from Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Muhd Izzat bin Haji Harris from Mechanical Training Centre and Muhammad Nur Hamizan bin Haji Yakub from Hassanal Bolkiah Arabic Boys Secondary School.