Making life-long learning a priority

Izah Azahari

Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) recently hosted an appreciation night for teachers and educators involved in the bank’s Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future (ALAF) programme at the Horizons Seafood Restaurant on Saturday.

The event sought to appreciate the support from teachers towards the BIBD ALAF programme, in ensuring the well-being and educational needs of the primary, secondary and pre-university students under the programme were met.

Fifty-seven Student Affairs (HEP) teachers comprising 46 teachers from the Department of Schools, 10 from the Islamic Studies Department and one from Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah as well as seven intern volunteers were celebrated.

BIBD Chief Marketing Officer Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Mohd Jaafar, the guest of honour, said BIBD is grateful for the contribution of the BIBD ALAF’s teaching force. Through their contribution, the ALAF students obtained achievements that BIBD and Brunei Darussalam can be proud of.

“We are also grateful for the support from stakeholders of our ALAF programme. Together with the commitment of our teachers, BIBD will continue to support the expansion of the ALAF programme, to support the government in striving towards Brunei Vision 2035 which aspires for the nation to be recognised for its educated and highly skilled people,” Hajah Nurul
Akmar said.

BIBD Chief Marketing Officer Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Mohd Jaafar presents a certificate. PHOTO: IZAH AZAHARI

Officials from the Ministry of Education (MoE), Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), BIBD ALAF Programme Board of Trustees members, BIBD ALAF Taskforce Committee members and BIBD personnel also attended.

The collaboration between BIBD, the MoE and the MoRA progressed to the development of activities and initiatives aimed to develop a strong interest and a sense of appreciation from students towards the ALAF programme.

From April to October, tuition classes were held on Fridays and Sundays for ‘O’ Level and Primary School Assessment (PSR) students.

Throughout the last school break in September, several activities were lined up, ranging from workshops, a leadership camp and an e-sports tournament. Students also participated in the ALAF Urban Farming programme from September to November.

During Ramadhan, students participated in Murratal Al-Quran and Khatam Al-Quran online.

Meanwhile, seven co-curricular activities have been planned for the school holidays next month.