Harapan Programme continues to motivate students

Daniel Lim

Even a scheme such as the Harapan Programme has been made to adjust to the current COVID-19 crisis.

Introduced in 2018 to bring daily breakfast to students nation-wide, preventive measures due to the coronavirus spread mean all classes have shifted to remote learning and the food programme has been scaled down to once weekly during the day parents visit the schools to receive study materials for their children.

According to Assistant Head-mistress of Muhammad Alam Primary School Siti Hairani binti Haji Ibrahim, home learning packages have been doled out at the end of each week at the school premises to uphold the social distancing rules mandated by the Ministry of Health (MoH), during which the school also hands out meals to the parents.

She added that the feedback from parents have thus far been positive and hoped that “the programme will continue to motivate our students to learn in these troubled times”.

Some 200 students at the Seria school have been studying remotely since the closure of schools to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the assistant headmistress said, since its inception, the food programme “has benefitted our students greatly. We have seen a rise in attendance as well as academic performance”.

Siti Hairani also applauded the Ministry of Health (MoH) for ensuring students receive proper nutrition to aid in their mental and physical growths.

Schools across Brunei Darussalam are supporting their students, in both academic and health through the Harapan Programme. Photo shows a teacher assessing students’ assignments at Muhammad Alam Primary School in Seria
Home learning packages and packed meals laid out on the table to be picked up by parents. PHOTOS: DANIEL LIM