| Zee Yusri |
A DELEGATION from Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam Secondary School (SMJA) yesterday paid a visit to the National Archives of Brunei Darussalam (NABD) for the ‘Kenali Arkib Negara’ programme which commenced last week.
Hosted by NABD, the programme aims to increase awareness and educate the public on the importance of the National Archives, and what it has to offer.
One of the exciting activities prepared for the 153 Year 10 students and their teachers was the Archives Cineplex, where they were seated in the PM Dato Shariffuddin Hall to watch selected archived files from the 1950s to 1980s.
This included the very first Brunei movie entitled ‘Gemadari Menara’ (Echoes of the Tower) as well as footages on ‘Coronation of His Majesty Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien III, 1951’, ‘Name Transformation for the Capital of Brunei ceremony’, ‘Celebrations in Brunei’ (Perayaan di Brunei), and the ‘Negara Penuh Harapan, 1972’ (Hopeful Country).
Zai, a student, noted it was her first visit to the National Archives building and that she was amazed by the Archive Cineplex film showcase that depicts the rich history of the nation long before her time.
“I am very happy to be here … to be among the people who have now learnt about the rich cultural history through the films we watched earlier. I was surprised when I compared the eras before us … they were so traditionally driven as compared to the lifestyle of today, which has slowly infused with modernisation,” she added.
Azri, another student, described the experience as “very enriching”.
“Even though they never experienced the technologies we have today, they had their own ways of enjoying ‘leisure time’ – which I fully respect. I can’t imagine living in that era, without gadgets and electronics like iPads, iPhones and Android phones … and for that and other reasons I admire our previous generations.”
The visiting delegation also partook in an assortment of games and the National Archives Quiz.
The delegation was led by Hjh Masdiena binti Hj Mumin, Head of Department of the History & Social Studies Department of SMJA, who shared that the end-of-year activity looked to expose students to the background and history of Brunei, enriching their knowledge – particularly students taking History, Social Studies and Geography subjects.
NABD through its Public Relation Section revealed that to date, it has recorded 662 visitors.
The public is encouraged to stop by and participate in the programme at NABD, available on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9am to 12pm and again from 2pm to 4pm until November 29. NADB is located at Jalan Dewan Majlis.