A total of 17 Year 1 to 3 students from Kapok Primary School, Mentiri Primary School and kindergarten students from St Andrew’s School joined a book reading session, organised by the Brunei Reading and Literacy Association (ReLA) in collaboration with the High Commission of Canada in Brunei Darussalam at ReLA headquarters in Kampung Tungku, Gadong.
The session aimed at encouraging a reading habit among children.
High Commissioner of Canada to Brunei Darussalam Jeanette Stovel said it is her aspiration to support literacy development among local children and encourage a reading habit among them.
She also lauded efforts from the education sector in enhancing literacy development in Brunei Darussalam, an initiative similar in her home country of Canada.
Meanwhile, ReLA President Dr Malai Zeiti binti Sheikh Abdul Hamid hoped that more government and non-governmental organisations will continue to commit to various efforts in boosting literacy among the younger generation.
ReLA aims to provide an effective platform for collaborations with local and international agencies, she added.
The event also saw the handover of 60 storybooks to ReLA from the commissioner. Representatives from participating schools also received books contributed by Darussalam Holdings Sdn Bhd, Icklebooks and ReLA.
ReLA plans to further assist the development of literacy and reading skills among Bruneian youth in support of the aspiration of Ministry of Education.
ReLA is actively involved in activities including public speaking and book donations while advocating literacy activities in the country.