Azlan Othman & Lyna Mohamad
The High Commission of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Brunei Darussalam celebrated the 101st birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Children’s Day at the Chancery Premises of the Bangladesh High Commission on Wednesday.
The programme began with a flag hoisting ceremony led by High Commissioner of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to Brunei Darussalam Nahida Rahman Shumona followed by a special prayer.
Messages from Bangladesh’s President, Prime Minister, Foreign minister and foreign state minister were read, followed by a screening of documentary on the life of Bangabandhu. The event proceeded with a discussion meeting.
The Bangladeshi high commissioner encourages the Bangladeshi expatriates to raise their children in the spirit of the sacrifice and dreams of Bangabandhu.
Meanwhile, the high commission organised a charity art event to celebrate children with autism in collaboration with Smarter Brunei.
Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Brunei Darussalam Vladimir Borisovich Goncharenko, Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Iran to Brunei Darussalam Homeira Rigi Zirouki and Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Brunei Darussalam Sheikh Ahmed bin Hashel bin Rashed bin Hashel Al-Maskari were also present.
Nahida Rahman Shumona shared that two in 1,000 children in Bangladesh are diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to a research by the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University. ASD also affects an estimated one in 160 children in Asia.
She highlighted the vital role of healthcare providers in ensuring appropriate care delivery and early intervention.
“The earlier children with autism spectrum disorder get diagnosed, the greater their chances of successful treatment. Early intervention is the key to ensuring quality children development and increases their chance to live normal lives.”
Acting President of SMARTER Brunei Pengiran Zamri bin Pengiran Haji Bujang, meanwhile, said, “Art therapy is a good way to help children with ASD express themselves because it creates a healthy outlet and helps develop problem solving skills, communication skills, and self-esteem. We also want to let them experience different types of art materials so that they can be more flexible in unfamiliar situations,” he added.
An art workshop was also held at the high commission in the afternoon, themed ‘Appreciating the Children’s Beautiful Art’.