47 students receive BIBD ALAF scholarships

|     Lyna Mohamad     |

FORTY-SEVEN new students from the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) and Ministry of Education (MoE) were awarded BIBD ALAF (Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future) programme scholarships yesterday.

The awards were presented by Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah during a ceremony at the Indera Samudra Grand Hall of The Empire Hotel & Country Club.

The event was also attended by Acting Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh in her capacity as the Acting Chairman of the BIBD ALAF Board of Trustees.

Yesterday’s ceremony was initiated with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa, followed by opening remarks by BIBD Head of Government Relations and Special Projects Haji Mohammad Yusri bin Haji Wahsalfelah.

“The BIBD ALAF Digital Hub serves as an incubator for BIBD ALAF students to familiarise themselves with the Internet of Things (IOT) as we go through the 4th Industrial Revolution,” said Haji Mohammad Yusri.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Deputy Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, BIBD Managing Director Mubashar Khokhar and BIBD Head of Government Relations and Special Projects Haji Mohammad Yusri bin Haji Wahsalfelah in a group photo with the recipients. – PHOTOS: LYNA MOHAMAD

“Last year, 20 BIBD ALAF students were involved in the BIBD ALAF Convention, where they discussed issues relating to the country’s current socio-economic situation and shared their views on Brunei’s drive to achieve Brunei Vision 2035.”

The programme, he added, saw great success among its Primary School Assessment (PSR) students last year, all of whom passed the exam while 35 per cent obtained five As. Two other students, meanwhile, scored distinctions in the Brunei Religious Education Certificate (SPUB) exams.

The BIBD ALAF Digital Hub, opened under the BIBD ALAF programme, is aimed at encouraging the students to adapt technology in their learning and development to better prepare them for a more digital age.

The ALAF Innovators Workshop 2018 was also launched as part of the BIBD ALAF programme.

The workshop introduces students to Micro:Bit, a learning and development platform designed by the BBC for use in computer education that focusses on student knowhow and creativity.

The BIBD ALAF programme in addition caters to more than the academic development of the students, with more than 120 fully committed ALAF teachers assigned to take care of their welfare.

The programme also includes extra-curricular programmes during the school-term holidays to further support the development of the students in areas such as public speaking and information technology.

Thirty students under the programme were also involved in the development of a Sayyidul Istighfar video, aimed at echoing Brunei’s progress as a Zikir Nation.

The video was recorded by the students with support from the Islamic Da’wah Centre, and is now a fixture at BIBD Connects locations and has a presence on Radio Television Brunei and social media.

Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman launched the BIBD ALAF programme in May 2013 that currently supports the development of 215 students.

The programme is kept sustainable through contributions from public and private bodies, including BIBD’s own charity activities for the programme.