| Rokiah Mahmud |
SIX officers of ‘Group 6’ from various government agencies who participated in the 26th Executive Development Programme for Middle Management Officers (EDPMMO) organised by Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) handed over donations of BND20,303 to fund the School Breakfast Programme for 22 students of Panchor Murai Primary School yesterday.
The donation was received by Deputy President I of the Brunei Council on Social Welfare (MKM) Hajah Johana binti Haji Mohd Jaya in a ceremony held at the Pengkalan Batu Community Hall in Kampong Parit.
The total donations raised to date by the 26th EDPMMO participants will benefit 316 students from 14 selected schools in the Brunei-Muara, Temburong and Belait districts.
The School Breakfast Programme, which will be coordinated by the MKM, was one of the projects initiated by the officers to ensure that underprivileged students eat proper breakfast before beginning their lessons so that they are able to focus better in their studies.
To ensure that the programme runs smoothly, the EDPMMO participants carried out a one-week trial in October last year. The test drew positive feedback from the students, with many enthusiastically coming early to school to have their breakfast with their classmates.
A total of 22 selected students from underprivileged families under the Miftahun Najaah will benefit from the programme.
“It will surely assist the students in terms of their learning development, drive them to be more focussed and contribute towards their mental and physical development,” Panchor Murai Primary School Headmistress Hajah Suraya binti Haji Ahmad said of the programme in her remarks at the donation handover.
Another school meals programme carried out by the MKM is the Fidyah and Sedekah Scheme.
Head of the MKM Children Committee, Zubaidah binti Dato Abu Zar explained that this scheme was implemented in 2013 and funded from Fidyah payments and donations, portions of which have been contributed by members of the public.