60 BIBD ALAF students on a better footing

Izah Azahari

Sixty students of the Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future (BIBD ALAF) programme participated in a day-long civic colloquium yesterday.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Cultural) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Dr Siti Norkhalbi binti Haji Wahsalfelah presented certificates to the participants.

Earlier, the students listened to a briefing from speakers from the Ministry of Education (MoE), the Department of Adat Istiadat Negara, as well as BIBD.

Among the objectives of the colloquium were to foster civic attitude among BIBD ALAF students that would help generate positive attitude, high moral and strong leadership qualities contributing towards positive changes in the students, as the country’s future leaders.

Head of Government Relations and Special Projects at BIBD Haji Mohd Yusri bin Haji Wahsalfelah said it has always been BIBD’s priority to further improve ALAF participants’ capabilities.

“As a local bank that is Bruneian at heart, we firmly believe in the importance of engraining the Calak Brunei identity among our youth,” said Haji Mohd Yusri.

“As future leaders, they should be equipped with useful knowledge, exemplary attitude and personality in line with the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) philosophy, which would further complement and contribute towards achieving Brunei Vision 2035.”

The BIBD ALAF programme provides selected students with provisions for school and tuition fees, educational material and welfare, as well as mentoring and counselling.

Through the programme, BIBD hopes to align its support to Brunei Vision 2035 by ensuring high quality education for the people of Brunei.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Cultural) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Dr Siti Norkhalbi binti Haji Wahsalfelah presents a certificate. PHOTO: IZAH AZAHARI