Ministry of Education’s (MoE) new strategic plan 2018-2022 reflects the ministry’s effort in providing equitable quality and holistic education, said Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman.
The minister highlighted Brunei Darussalam’s commitment in transforming its human resource towards a performance-driven culture by enhancing and improving Brunei Darussalam’s human resource capacities and competencies in his statement during the 40th United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.
Representatives from 193 countries, including the education ministers from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar as well as the culture ministers from Singapore and Indonesia attended the conference, held on November 12-14, convened once every two years to discuss and review the policies and activities of UNESCO for 2020-2021 in the fields of education, science and culture.
The minister also said that Brunei Darussalam is amplifying its efforts on special needs students by establishing a Centre of Excellence as well as the various programmes in place that assist underprivileged and in needs students. In response to the 4th Industrial Revolution, Brunei Darussalam is embarking on efforts towards developing and integrating cutting-edge educational technologies in the curriculum. He said that Brunei Darussalam’s efforts are aligned towards achieving Brunei Vision 2035 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah expressed the hope that UNESCO will continue to assist member states through technical assistance especially in the areas of rapidly evolving technology, in big data analytics as well as cultural preservation and scientific research and development.
The conference also saw a General Policy Debate where head of delegates from each member states delivered a national statement on the commitment and development taken in supporting activities under UNESCO in realising the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Accompanying the minister was Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to France Datin Paduka Malai Hajah Halimah binti Malai Haji Yussof as the Permanent Delegate of Brunei Darussalam to UNESCO, Permanent Secretary (Core Education) Dr Shamsiah Zuraini Kanchanawati binti Haji Tajuddin and officials from the MoE.