| Abdul Hakiim Yakof |
THE award ceremony for the Brunei Entrepreneurship Education Scheme (BEES) Programme was held yesterday at the BEES 2014 Convention.
The guest of honour was Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, the Minister of Communications. Also present was Ken Marnoch, the Managing Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd.
The Outstanding BEES Award went to Wasan Vocational School’s Fovaq BEES Company, the Most Entrepreneurial Company Award was presented to Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Masna Secondary School’s Queen BEES Company and the Most Competent Company Award was won by Menglait Secondary School’s Dynamic BEES Company. The Most Innovative Company Award was presented to St Andrew’s School’s Royale BEES Company, the Most Profitable Company Award went to Chung Hwa Middle School’s Chub BEES Company and the Outstanding Planner Award was won by Sayyidina Husain Secondary School, Jerudong’s Majestic BEES Company.
The programme aims to instil entrepreneurial awareness and values among the participating students who form a company and carry out sales activities to develop their competency in decision-making, teamwork, creativity, communication as well as business and marketing skills.
The BEES 2014 Convention marked the end of the third year of the initiative. Since its introduction in 2012, more than 1,000 students have participated in the programme.
This year, 349 students from 21 schools, who created 23 BEES companies, took part in the programme.
The students learnt how to start and run a business.
Among the skills that they learnt were business planning and management. The students also gained skills in presentation and leadership.
The BEES Programme is unique because it is designed to include Islamic business aspects such as zakat payment.
The students attended workshops to prepare to plan and run their businesses.
The participants were also invited to participate in LiveWIRE Brunei’s SME promotion event to experience a competitive business environment.
The BEES Programme is jointly organised by the Curriculum Development Department, Ministry of Education, Universiti Brunei Darussalam and Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd to develop the entrepreneurial capability of students.
In a speech, Pehin Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah said that Brunei Darussalam presented a case study titled “Cooperation to Develop a Programme for Improving Innovative and Entrepreneurial Skills and Competencies for Education” at the Asia-Europe Meeting of Education Ministers (ASEM ME).
He said that the programme aims to support the development of the entrepreneurial capability of students.
“This shows that it coincides with one of eight educational strategies of the Brunei Vision 2035, which is to make use of the best international practices in teaching and learning.”