Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) Brunei, in collaboration with the Society for Community Outreach and Training (SCOT), contributed 120 laptop computers to the Ministry of Education (MoE) yesterday in response to a donation drive initiated by the MoE and Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) and the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) to support online learning and provide assistance to needy students amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
The handover ceremony, which was held at the MoE headquarters, also saw a donation of 15 information and communications technology (ICT) tools from Netcom Computer House.
SCB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Pengiran Aki Ismasufian bin Pengiran Haji Ibrahim and SCOT President Ahmad Syauqie bin Haji Satia, presented the donation worth BND70,000 to Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman. Meanwhile, Netcom Computer House was represented by its Managing Director Vincent Goh.
Also in attendance were Deputy Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the MoE Dr Haji Azman bin Ahmad, Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the MoE Dr Shamsiah Zuraini Kanchanawati binti Haji Tajuddin, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the MoE Dr Chin Wei Keh, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the MoE Aliuddin bin Haji Abdul Rahman, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Infocommunications, Cybersecurity, Strategy and Corporate) at the MTIC Awang Haji Hairul Mohd Daud bin Haji Abdul Karim, Acting AITI Chief Executive Ir Haji Jailani bin Haji Buntar, Acting Director General of Education Hajah Anis Faudzulani binti Haji Dzulkiflee and SCB Head of Corporate Affairs (Brand and Marketing) Marilyn Graeme, as well as other senior officers from the MoE, SCB Brunei, SCOT and Netcom Computer House.
SCB, in its press statement, said: “In addition to the laptops, students will also receive vouchers to purchase data from their preferred Internet provider through SCOT” as the cost of data usage for home-based learning has been a challenge for students.
Pengiran Aki Ismasufian said, “In keeping with our promise to be ‘Here For Good’, particularly in times of adversity, we are pleased to be able to hand over a donation of 120 laptops through our collaborative partner, SCOT, to benefit 120 students and provide educational help to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”
The donation drive to collect ICT devices to support online learning for students in need will be open until May 14. “Donations can be dropped off either at Block A, the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) Sultan Saiful Rijal Campus in Jalan Muara or IBTE Jefri Bolkiah Campus in Kuala Belait from Monday to Thursday and Saturdays between 8.30am and 1.30pm,” the MoE said in a press statement.