Student growth through ECAs

Lyna Mohamad

Extra co-curricular Activities (ECA) were made mandatory for progression in studies at Kolej International Graduate Studies (KIGS), said the private college’s chief on Saturday.

CEO of KIGS Dr Haji Azaharaini bin Haji Mohd Jamil said ECAs have been given a focus in the development of KIGS students since the beginning from this year for the students’ holistic development.

Students were expected to score a level of achievement in ECA for them to proceed to the next level in their studies, said the CEO during an investiture ceremony for the college’s scout members.

The ceremony organised with the involvement of the Brunei Darussalam Scout Association (PPNBD), began with the recitation of Doa by Nordin bin Ajmain. An investiture ceremony is a special gathering where new scouts are awarded World Scout Badge which symbolises the entry of new members into the world of scouts.

The CEO hoped that KIGS scouts will continue to work hard and earn other categories
of badges.

KIGS CEO Dr Haji Azaharaini bin Haji Mohd Jamil, KIGS staff and Brunei Darussalam Scout Assosication members in a group. PHOTO: LYNA MOHAMAD

“Of course, it is not the collection of badges that is important. It is the skills and abilities you have gained associated with the award of the badges which are important,” he said.

“In fact, some of these skills are even more important than academic qualifications – such as self-confidence and readiness to serve other people.”

With the KIGS Strategic Plan 2019 – 2023 focussing on an effective teaching and learning system that is responsive and relevant to the socio-economic needs of the country and placed emphasis on the development of individuals and team capacity, he believed that the college and PPNBD can create a mutual understanding in building capacity for the development of youth

Dr Haji Azaharaini hoped more students and teachers will join the scouts as he believes that the scouting programmes and outdoor adventures will provide members with the opportunity and freedom to explore the world.

“Try new things, volunteer to help others, improve self-confidence and enhance leadership skills through scouting programmes.” he said.

“These skills are heavily demanded in the 21st Century work environment,” he added.