| Azaraimy HH |
SOME 429 religious teachers and officers in Tutong District are taking part in a two-day Halaqah Tazakkur Knowledge Convention held at Pengiran Anak Puteri (PAP) Norain Religious School, Tutong.
The event is an annual activity of the Tutong District Islamic Studies Department (JPI) in conjunction with the Teacher’s Day celebration.
The event aims to give teachers and officers under the Islamic Studies Department in the Tutong District an opportunity to widen and deepen their knowledge and enhance their level of professionalism.
The event held its opening ceremony yesterday and was officiated by Ustazah Hajah Sinega binti Haji Swadi, Head of Religious Schools Division, Islamic Studies Department at the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA).
In her speech, Ustazah Hajah Sinega highlighted that the people in Brunei continued to have peace and security under Islam and expressed her hope that through the Compulsory Religious Education Order 2013, the new generation will never be deprived of religious education.
“Towards realising the goals of the Brunei Vision 2035, school leaders and teachers should take proactive attitudes to make religious education as the centrepiece of education,” she added.
She further said, “The Halaqah such as this is a good mechanism to enhance religious education in the country.”
She urged teachers in the country to continue enhancing their pedagogical skills, creativity and innovation.
Ustazah Hajah Norhayati binti Haji Sawal, the chairperson of the event, in her speech, said the concept this year focused on sharing of knowledge and experience from the recipients of teachers awards, teachers who received special mention and also teachers who have been identified to have skills that can benefit participants of the event.
According to Ustazah Hajah Norhayati, quality of teachers are always measured by the number of students pass with excellent results. Thus, this year, the Islamic Studies Department is bringing the experience of award winning teachers to show how they teach their students, or to share with them the “factor x” that can be the key towards success.
The convention are divided into seven classes namely Islamic Burial Rite, Effective Al-Quran and Tajwid, Great Teacher – Excellent Students, ICT Sharing Session, Sharing Knowledge and Experience on how to attract students’ attention, Jawi Writing Methods and Sharing Session on Managing and Administering. The convention also includes lectures on the use of ICT and how ICT is able to enhance teaching and learning.