| Ishan Ibrahim |
THE Acting Senior Special Duties Officer (Primary) of the Ministry of Education, Awg Hj Azis bin Hj Nayan has shed light on the pressing issue of waste management in a ceremony held recently. He has urged relevant parties to give their support to the delegates of the Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Programme (SEAYLP) 2014 Project.
Awg Hj Azis was speaking at the opening ceremony of the SEAYLP 2014 Project titled ‘Problems of Improper Disposal of Waste’, as the guest of honour. The ceremony was held at the Perpindahan Lambak Kanan Jalan 10 Primary School on Thursday.
Among the attendees were Cikgu Mohammad Shari bin Hj Kahar, Headmaster of the school, Dr Edward F Findlay, Second Secretary, Embassy of the United States of America in Brunei Darussalam, officers from the ministry of education, principals , headmasters and students.
Awg Hj Azis said that Brunei has a relatively high per capita solid waste output of 1.4kg per day, which is second only to Singapore among the Asean countries.
He said that organisations in Brunei had shown willingness to reduce this rate of waste by implementing projects to find efficient solutions in the light of prediction that the numbers are due to increase in the next decade.
This concern has led the SEAYLP delegates introduce an indirect approach to generate a sense of responsibility among younger generation via a series of simple activities. This includes a drawing contest themed ‘Recycling and School Cleanliness’ for Year 4 pupils of the school. It also includes an essay writing competition on ‘What Can You Do To Keep Your School Clean?’ and ‘How Can You Practice Using the 3R’s In Your Daily Lives’ for Year 4 and Year 5 pupils for six primary schools in the neighbouring vicinity.
As a youth exchange programme sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State (ECA), SEAYLP brings diverse students and educators from the Asean member countries to the US.
The objective is to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between participants and their American counterparts as they address global and local challenges, foster leadership, civic responsibility, and commitment to community development among future leaders of Asean. The aim is also to develop a sustained network of relationships among participants and others involved in the programme to reinforce learning and experience.
Led by Cikgu Pg Ali Shafie bin Pg Hj Abas from the International Unit of the Department of Schools, the Bruneian delegates include five students from various sixth form centres in the country. They will focus on the issue of waste management that continues to be a rising national problem.
These delegates are now prepared to implement a project that will put the local environmental problems into sharp focus.
Towards the end of the event guests viewed an exhibition showing problems and issues of waste management in the country.