| Lyna Mohamad |
MINISTER of Education Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar bin Hj Apong yesterday underscored that the nation education system (SPN21) has its role in preparing a generation with skills of the 21st century and life-long learning.
He noted this following the 3rd Student Entrepreneurship Development Expo (SEDEx) 2014 launch at the Youth Centre in the capital, adding that the Ministry of Education (MoE) will continue to work towards planning and organising relevant programmes to enrich the learning process at schools.
Success in realising the Brunei Vision 2035 – which is to become a nation with highly-skilled and educated citizens, high quality living and with competitive, dynamic economy – depends on the efforts placed in securing quality education.
Entrepreneurship elements in the curriculum have been introduced at schools through various subjects such as arts, social studies, Mathematics, Malay and English, commercial studies and business studies, among others.
The minister also discussed the Business, Art and Technology (BAT) studies offered to Year 7 and Year 8 students, as well as the Design and Technology subject for Year 9 students introduced in 2012. They are being extended to several other secondary schools to integrate creative entrepreneurship skills and technological knowledge.
It does not just stop there. There will be a continuation with the introduction of entrepreneurial programmes at the post secondary and technical levels with the hopes of producing innovative, creative students with strong entrepreneurship skills.
The minister also touched on the establishment of the Entrepreneurship Village by UBD, expressing delight at knowing primary and secondary students were also given the opportunity to join the programme.
It is hoped the programme will open the minds of the students and ignite interest in the field of entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurial education can be defined as a life-long learning process to gain knowledge, skills and learn entrepreneurship value through formal or non-formal teaching or learning. The knowledge gained is an asset to strengthen entrepreneurial attitude, the minister said.
Experience from failure is useful knowledge in the journey of an entrepreneur and the ministry has set its sight on making quality education a platform to produce creative, innovative and highly-skilled role models.
The Ministry of Education plays a crucial role in guiding and developing students’ entrepreneurship interests, and hopes the exhibition will inculcate the entrepreneurial culture among students and eventually produce knowledgeable entrepreneurs capable of competing at both the local and international levels.
Organising the SEDEx 2014 also provides the opportunity to reevaluate performance and involvement in entrepreneurship activities as well as capabilities to establish networking and strategic alliances with other entrepreneurs.
Reevaluating is important to gauge the success and weakness of the programme, which will be the measure to improve weaknesses and work towards upgrading a certain programme.
Encouraging the involvement of students in the expo not only demonstrates the commitment to inculcate the entrepreneurship culture, but more importantly will instill this culture in them.
Entrepreneurial education success at schools depends on the implementation of a strategic education programme and the ability to look far ahead, if the programme is competitive and can be widely developed.