“History is a teacher that guides mankind throughout the ages,” said the Brunei History Centre Principal, Dr Haji Muhammad Hadi bin Muhammad Layong during a talk on ‘The Evolution of the Administration of Brunei Darussalam from a Historical Perspective’ yesterday at the Brunei History Centre in the capital.
Dr Haji Muhammad Hadi said the need for various ‘knowledge’ is essential for the younger generation so that they will not stray away from Bruneian values.
With the presence of experts specialising in Bruneian history in the field, the centre’s principal hopes to provide useful inputs to learn and understand the Brunei history, especially in the aspect of traditional and modern administrative systems.
“It is very important for the younger generation as well as the general public to understand the administrative history such as the proclamation of Brunei Darussalam Constitution in 1959 and the independence in 1984,” he said.
Dr Haji Muhammad Hadi also said that the historical record of the monarchy’s integrity and stability is evident of the relevance of Brunei’s heritage, and called for efforts to preserve it.
Two research specialists were featuredat the talk – Professor Dr Haji Asbol bin Haji Mail and Adjunct Professor Haji Mohammad Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos.
Organised by the Services and Exhibition Division and the Library and Learning Division of the Brunei Histroy Centre, in collaboration with History SBC.BN, the event drew the participation of 58 education officers and history teachers.
Among the objectives of the event were to increase the educators’ understanding of the Sultanate’s history discussed, raise confidence of history teachers in conveying facts to students effectively, upgrade the quality of teaching history in the Sultanate to be on par with international standards.
A presentation of certificates to speakers and moderators marked the conclusion of the event.