The advancement of technology to improve livelihood has led to a decline in readership in the nation. Thus, it is important to promote reading as a culture, said Head Librarian at the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) Sultan Bolkiah Campus (SBC) Roziah binti Haji Ali.
She said this in a speech during the institute’s World Book Day celebration at its multi-purpose hall yesterday.
World Book Day marked every year on April 23 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrates books and authors while encouraging young people to discover the pleasure of reading.
Acting Principal of IBTE Dr Suhaimi bin Haji Abdul Wahab was the guest of honour.
Head of the School of Energy and Engineering at IBTE SBC Hajah Siti Hazizah binti Haji Masri, Academic Manager of IBTE SBC Mohd Zainor bin Haji Zainal, Operations Manager of IBTE SBC Azman bin Haji Wahid, as well as instructors and students of the campus were also present.
“World Book Day aims to help instil an interest in reading in hopes of becoming an ingrained culture; as through books, we are able to delve deeper and gain a better understanding of the world as well as our culture, values, and traditions,” she said.
She hoped the celebration will further promote reading as a culture, which can help achieve the institute’s goals and vision; while also building strong physical and mental fortitude among its students.
The event continued with a talk by Counselling Officer Haji Mohd Khairul Hizam bin Sulaiman who shared tips and techniques to develop a reading habit.
A stage performance by the institute’s Glee Club and quizzes were also held.
The event featured several booths by vendors and agencies, including Syarikat Teras Maju, Early Childhood, Language and Literature Bureau (DBP), Jabatan Mufti Kerajaan, and the Islamic Da’wah Centre.