| Azaraimy HH |
THE ‘Overseas Brunei Darussalam Undergraduates Civic Village Programme’ is expected to contribute towards producing community-centred graduates.
The programme does not only provide the younger generation an opportunity or platform to learn about the current affairs and condition of the country, it includes community work that is aimed at bringing them closer to the local communities.
Haji Dayang bin Haji Kasim, Information Officer and Head of Nationhood Unit at the Department of Information, said a community-centred educated workforce is beneficial to the country.
He was speaking to the Bulletin while leading the overseas-based graduate students to community works around Tutong yesterday.
Haji Dayang said this year’s programme was different from previous years’ as it brought students on a civic journey from one district to another.
He believed that this depth of coverage would provide the students better insights and understanding, which can make them more responsible citizens.
“The idea of making it move from district to district was made under the advice of Deputy Minister at the Prime Ministers’ Office, Dato Paduka Awang Haji Abd Wahab bin Juned,” he said.
“Yesterday, we had team-building exercise in Sungai Basong, Tutong. It was very challenging and thus very good … the students discovered their weaknesses and strengths.”
Haji Dayang said they would be moving to Brunei-Muara District to meet the State Mufti to boost their knowledge on Syariah Law.
They will also be visiting the Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE) to learn about the country’s economy.
A total of 17 students from various Australian and New Zealand Tertiary Education Institutions are currently taking part in the programme.
According to Haji Dayang, this programme is relevant as it helps fortify the students’ patriotism towards the national concept of Malay Islamic Monarchy.
“When they are studying overseas, they are like our ‘little ambassadors’, and we need them to portray good Bruneian attitude.
“With this programme, they will be better equipped to answer or explain any question about Brunei, such as Brunei’s standing on Syariah Law,” Haji Dayang further explained.