Webinar discusses challenges in providing quality education

Rokiah Mahmud

Teachers that are dedicated, creative and innovative will be able to provide a quality education to their students, said Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) Haji Mohammad Rosli bin Haji Ibrahim.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has also affected education and brings unprecedented changes, thus embracing technology plays an important role in tackling the challenges to provide effective learning,” he said during the opening of the National Webinar on 65 years of Formal Religious Education in Brunei Darussalam.

Organised by the Faculty of Education at the Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB) in conjunction with Teacher’s Day 2021, the permanent secretary said, “Teachers must strive to improve their creativity, innovation and competence in the 21st Century learning and teaching process,” adding that they “need to be prepared with new challenges and focus on the changes bought by Industrial Revolution 4.0.”

Haji Mohammad Rosli believed that teachers need to put in efforts to benefit from technological advancement such as the use of system artificial intelligence, Internet of things (IoT) and robotics in their teachings and while seeking to empower and strengthen good values in education based on Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB).

He hoped the webinar will expose participants to various theories and practical knowledge, best practices in religious education and technology that are innovative in achieving excellence on learning and teaching.

Meanwhile, Ra’es of KUPU SB Dr Haji Adanan bin Haji Basar said the webinar served as a platform on which to share among teachers and lecturers the best practices and innovation in teaching and learning of Islamic education.

The webinar also seeks to highlight the importance of conducting research and innovation in Islamic education to suit the development and new norms.

A forum on ‘Formal Religious Education in Brunei Darussalam: Challenges and Hope’ was also held, facilitated by panellists, Dean of Faculty of Education Dr Haji Roslan bin Haji Untong, Faculty of Education lecturer Associate Professor Dr Muhamad Zahiri bin Haji Awang Mat, and Acting Director of Islamic Studies at the Department of Islamic Studies, MoRA Haji Shamsol bin Haji Omar.

The event continued with Program Nadwah Tarbiah Islamiyah themed ‘Empowering Islamic Education Excellence in Industrial Revolution of 4.0’.

A talk on Tarbiyah Islamiyah, book discussion session, Tanyalah Murabbi and education innovation workshop were also held.