| James Kon |
SOME 5,000 individuals from all walks of life came together to mark the historic celebration of 100 Years of Formal Education in Brunei Darussalam with The Century Run held at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien yesterday morning.
In addition, the event was also organised by the Co-Curriculum Education Department to celebrate the 24th Teacher’s Day.
The guest of honour was the Minister of Education, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong.
He received the torch from 100 runners comprising sponsors and volunteers who arrived at the door step of the Taman to complete the torch run.
Joining the Minister of Education at the event was the Deputy Minister of Education, Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yusoff bin Haji Ismail and the Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs, Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, as well as permanent secretaries, deputy permanent secretaries and officials from the Ministries of Education and Religious Affairs.
Beside promoting healthy lifestyle through exercise, the event also helped to collect donation for charity whereby 90 per cent of it will go to the Welfare and Sports Activity Fund of the Ministry of Education while 10 per cent will go to Pusat Ehsan.
Before the start of The Century Run, the participants took part in a warm-up session led by Cikgu Muhammad Azrin bin Haji Aji of Sports School.
After sounding off the race for 10km and 5km, the Minister of Education also joined the historic run in the 3km category with the special needs individuals that comprised 30 personnel from Pusat Ehsan and 50 individuals from the Special Education Unit.
The minister in an interview said, “It’s a very encouraging turnout today and we are happy to see the participants coming from all walks of life like parents, students, teachers and stakeholders giving their support for The Century Run.”