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Islamic song & poetry TV competition winners awarded

Ishan Ibrahim

OCTOBER 1, 2010 – Mentiri Primary School grabbed the top honours in the Islamic poetry event while Bendahara Sakam Primary School won the Islamic Dakwah song event in recently held TV competition programme called Ihya Ramadhan.

The groups received their prizes in a much-awaited presentation ceremony yesterday, at the Islamic Da’wah Centre.

The winning groups each received a BND1,000 cash prize courtesy of Radio Television Brunei (RTB), and a trophy from the centre.

The second and third prizes in the Islamic poetry went to Rimba II Primary School and Dato Othman Primary School, respectively. In the Islamic Dakwah songs category, Amo Primary School won second place while Anggerek Desa Primary School came in third.

The second and third place winners were awarded BND750 and BND500, respectively.

Guest of honour presents the top Islamic Poetry category prize to Mentiri Primary School. PHOTO: ISHAN IBRAHIM

On hand to present the prizes as guest of honour was Senior Special Duties Officer at the Ministry of Religious Affairs Datin Paduka Hajah Zasia binti Sirin.

Datin Paduka Hajah Zasia spoke on the objectives and importance of the TV competition.

She hoped the competition would invoke and instil a keen appreciation for the Islamic arts among the young students.

The guest of honour also lauded the continuous commitment of RTB in organising religious programmes for youths such as Ihya Ramadhan.

She believed that similar efforts have the ability to introduce positive values among the school students and the nation’s youths through poetry and songs that embrace Islamic teachings and advice towards a benevolent way of life.

Director of the Islamic Da’wah Centre Hajah Hasnah binti Haji Omar earlier gave a welcoming address in which she said that while Ihya Ramadhan is an annual endeavour that usually involves youths especially school students, the centre had decided to focus its efforts on primary school students for this year’s event.

She added that the move was meant to infuse a sense of courage, cooperation and teamwork amongst the young students.

In all, 30 schools had participated in the competition – 19 in the Islamic Dakwah song category and 11 in the Islamic poetry category.

Ihya Ramadhan is an annual Islamic song and poetry competition broadcast during the holy month of Ramadhan.

It is jointly produced by the Islamic Dakwah Centre and the Da’wah Unit of RTB. Yesterday’s ceremony, which was organised by the Exhibition Unit of the centre, concluded with the presentation of prizes to 50 winners of the 2009 event.

Enrichment programme for youth development

Mohd Azrol Azmi

October 12, 2000 – A youth enrichment programme may be one of the answers needed to the ever-growing social problem in the Sultanate.

Problems such as drug abuse, arsons, car thefts, prostitution and others are on the increase due to negative influences from many sources.

Last Saturday October 7, a youth enrichment programme was organised by Datalish Adventure at the Anduki Park in Kuala Belait under the instruction of ex-inspector Haji Hidup.

More than 20 students from the Anthony Abell College, Chung Ching Middle School, Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar Secondary School, St Michael‘s School and St James’ School participated in the programme. By paying a mere BND20 per student, participants could experience real physical training under a well trained police officer as the instructor more or less had modelled its training programmes accordingly to his past training while serving in the police force.

The programmes were compiled accordingly to help them to face the challenges in the future in assessing the good and the bad.

Besides the physical training, motivational talks and other prep-talk were given as a mental preparation for the participants.

Guest of honour Dato Haji Alias was a high ranking police officer. He said, “Education is of paramount importance to all of us though the rapid changes and development of the culture and technology have more or less disturbed the concentration of the students.”

With regards to the students’ future, they would face even more challenging problems than today. The programme had been made ideally for their own understanding and future experiences, he added.

ABOVE: Participants enjoying an activity; and one of the activities where teamwork is vital