Minister joins educational technology summit

MINISTER of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman and Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the Ministry of Education (MoE) Dr Shamsiah Zuraini Kanchanawati binti Haji Tajuddin represented Brunei Darussalam at the two-day Bett Asia Leadership Summit and Expo recently.

The theme for the programme was ‘Building a Change Culture to Deliver 21st Century Learning’.

The highlight of the Leadership Summit was the Ministerial Panel where the Minister of Education delivered a keynote address titled ‘Riding the Wave of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: The Education Perspective’.

Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah shared the MoE’s Strategic Plan 2018-2022 objectives and initiatives which aim to prepare Brunei Darussalam’s young generation to overcome challenges and use opportunities brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The minister also shared the MoE’s aspiration to produce educated and highly skilled individuals, to provide a high quality of life, and to generate a dynamic and sustainable economy which are the three goals of Brunei Vision 2035.

Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman with Malaysian Minister of Education Dr Maszlee bin Malik. – MOE

Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah called for efforts to maximise the use of technology as a means towards turning challenges in education into opportunities for a better education of the younger generation as well as for a better future for Brunei in particular, and the world in general.

The summit was also attended by delegates from over 30 countries including the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Malaysia and the Philippines to share their knowledge, ideas and experiences as well as to learn from one another in effectively implementing educational technology in the classroom.

Also discussed were the transformation of education and exploration of innovations that are inspiring change across the Asia Pacific region.

The expo showcased the practical tools, techniques and training to empower educators to transform learning in the classroom and beyond.

Minister of Education of Malaysia Dr Maszlee bin Malik, United Kingdom’s Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific – North-East Asia, Southeast Asia and Australasia Natalie Black and Undersecretary at the Department of Education of the Republic of the Philippines Jesus L R Mateo were among some of the speakers.