Centre seeks to produce skilled Bruneian artisans

Rokiah Mahmud

One the initiatives conducted in the third decade of the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah was the establishment of the Yayasan Islamic Calligraphy and Arts Studies Centre, which provides accessible facilities for the dissemination of knowledge, efficiency and skills in Islamic calligraphy and art.

This was stated yesterday by Minister of Defence II and Chairman of the Yayasan Board of Directors Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof.

“This establishment is hoped to produce skilled artisans from among the citizens of Brunei Darussalam, who can contribute to the development of Islamic arts in this country, which is in accordance with the aims of Brunei Vision 2035 for an educated, highly-skilled and successful populace.

“The centre began operations on July 22, 2013, in which its early arrangements involved providing skilled human resources in the field of Islamic arts.

“Yayasan funded 11 students to undergo a full-time Diploma in Mushaf Arts, for a period of two-and-a half years at the Restu International College in Shah Alam, Malaysia. Alhamdulillah, seven of those students are now employed at the centre.”

Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi added that the centre has successfully introduced several study programmes, including a short course in basic and advanced calligraphy, which was first opened for public participation in 2017.

“The course participants succeeded in their determination, with several of them using their new skills to earn some extra income,” he said.

Insya Allah, these sincere efforts will help the government to address unemployment issues, by means of providing a platform for the development of knowledge and skills developments among youth, while at the same time inspiring a paradigm shift among them as future business owners or entrepreneurs,” said the minister.