| Achong Tanjong |
THE Ministry of Education (MoE) yesterday officially launched the ‘My School, My Home’ (‘Sekolahku Rumahku’) nationwide government school cleaning campaign in a ceremony at the Science and ICT Building (SIT) of Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah College (Maktab Duli) in Gadong.
Present at the event was the Minister of Education Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman. Also in attendance was the Deputy Minister of Education Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar.
The launching ceremony began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali’s (UNISSA) Public Relations and International Centre Director Haji Sammali bin Haji Adam.
Following this was the presentation of donations in the form of Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) books and grass cutting machines by the minister.
Six grass cutting machines were distributed to heads of cluster from the Department of Schools, while the SOP books were distributed to representatives from each of the departments under the MoE as well as representatives from higher learning institutions in the country and heads of cluster.
The event continued with the planting of flowering trees in the surrounding area of the SIT building by the minister and deputy minister, before proceeding with a cleanup at three different venues at the college. They were accompanied by Hajah Monaliza binti Haji Abdul Halim, Principal of Maktab Duli, as head of location coordinator for the event.
Other activities included restoration works on the ‘Teratak Wasilah Budi’ area and the landscaping of the college’s Malaya Study Department (Jabatan Pengajian Melayu). The cleanup also witnessed the launching of ‘MD Recycle Drive’, a programme held annually to increase awareness among the students on the importance of reusing and recycling used items.
The cleanup effort continued at the Special Education Unit (SEU) building, and involved heads of department; senior officers, officers and staff of the ministry; and students of the college.
Meanwhile at the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE), the cleanup was participated by Datin Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the MoE; and Nadia Lee Siew Hoon binti Abdullah, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the MoE.
The selling of food and drinks by students of IBTE Business Campus further enlivened the activities at the location.
At UNISSA, the cleaning campaign was led by Dr Haji Norarfan bin Haji Zainal, Rector of UNISSA, and participated by over 100 individuals comprising lecturers, officers, staff, and students of UNISSA.
The MoE’s initiative to organise the school cleaning campaign aimed to maintain and ensure the cleanliness of school areas and its assets at all times.