| Danial Norjidi |
THIRTY-THREE local scholarship students who are studying abroad began the first of a five-day Civic Village Course yesterday.
Organised by the Scholarship Section of the Ministry of Education and Islamic Studies Department of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, this edition of the course is being held in the Tutong District.
The Civic Course is an Information Department activity that was introduced in 1976, and carries the aim of helping participants to be more responsible while also strengthening their spirituality, physicality and knowledge as preparation to help them become more resilient in the face of challenges as freshmen and sophomores.
Yesterday saw the students, who are currently back in the country on holiday, registering at the Information Department prior to attending a briefing.
Preceding the briefing was a speech delivered by the Acting Director of Information, Awang Mawardi bin Haji Mohammad, who was the guest of honour at the event. In his speech, he highlighted the programme’s various objectives, which are to provide understanding and current information regarding national and governmental affairs, while also inculcating and strengthening patriotism based on the national philosophy of Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB).
It also looks to provide a platform for discussion and understanding current needs for national development in various fields, and to remind the scholarship students to always be alert for teachings and understandings that go against the teachings of Islam. A short briefing on the Civic Village Course then ensued, in which participants were informed of what the five-day course will entail.
Over the duration of the course, participants will be embarking on various visits and attend a number of briefings, including: a briefing on the Information Department Structure; the governance and administrative structure; the role of government scholars; the topic of cybercrime under the Authority for Info-communication Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI); a visit to the Ambulong Handicraft industry; a briefing from the Internal Security Department; a visit and briefing pertaining to protocol and Adat Istiadat; a visit and briefing on Brunei Vision 2035 and Brunei’s current economic situation; a briefing on the Syariah Penal Code Order 2013; as well as a visit and briefing at the State Mufti’s Office.
The participating scholars will also be given the opportunity to share knowledge in a sharing session themed, “The Experiences of Students Abroad” and a group brainstorming session entitled, “The Role of Students Abroad in Elevating MIB”, which will take place at the hall of the official residence of the Tutong District Officer.