| James Kon |
PADDLING across the Tutong River, involvement in volunteer work and learning the traditional dance of the ethnic Tutong group were but some of the unique experiences that 17 scholarship undergraduates from overseas participated in yesterday as part of a five-day Overseas Brunei Darussalam Undergraduates’ Civic Village Programme.
Back here for the holidays, the programme allowed the undergraduates – who are pursuing their study in New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia – to learn about the latest government affairs, national development and on how Brunei instils the national philosophy, MIB.
This is the first time the course is being held in the Tutong District, adopting the ‘Back to Nature’ concept.
Tutong District Officer Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali was on hand to greet the participants with a ‘Selamat Sabi,’ which is the district’s way of saying ‘welcome.’
He urged participants to open their hearts and minds in enjoying the programme, and to not view the course as a burden. He also reminded the overseas scholarship undergraduates they could assume the role of ambassadors in promoting Brunei to the world.
Later, Administrative Officer Khairul Shahrul bin Haji Duahim delivered a presentation on the developments in Tutong, following which a presentation on ‘One Village, One Product’ was delivered by Special Duties Officer Siti Joriahati binti Johari.
After the presentations, the participants visited the ‘One Village, One Product’ gallery, before observing the rich cultural dance of the ethnic people of Tutong.
The day also saw the group paddling a boat across the Tutong River and engaging in volunteer work at two homes of the underprivileged.