World Children's Day in Kuala Belait

Awg Hj Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, receives the resolution from Dyg Haidahtul Aleeyah of SR Tumpuan Telisai.
Kuala Belait, 23 November 2012 - The World Children's Day celebration, organised by the Community Development Centre (JAPEM) with the theme "Appreciate Our Voice", concluded yesterday at the Belait Convention Hall with the presentation of outputs from participants and a resolution presentation by a participant representative.

The guest of honour at the event was Awg Hj Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, who also presented tokens of appreciation and certificates to sponsors and facilitators as well as forum participants.

The forum resolution was delivered by Dyg Haidahtul Aleeyah binti Abdul Rashid, a Year Six excellent student from Tumpuan Telisai Primary School, who later handed the resolution to the guest of honour.

The guest of honour and invited guests viewing the forum presentations made by the participating students
During the forum, a total of eight resolutions were discussed and cohesively formulated by some 150 students from secondary and primary schools in the Belait and Tutong Districts.

One of the resolutions covered was on the issue of bullying in school. The resoulution states that bullying should be eradicated and victims of such acts should not be afraid to report the matter to the relevant authorities. It also highlighted the importance of promoting awareness on the benefits and dangers of social networking sites.

Awg Hj Mohd Rozan handing over the certificate to one of the recipients.
The youths also understood the hardships faced by single parents in raising their families and advised divorced parents to continue fulfilling their obligations.

They then emphasised that individuals with special needs (OBK) should be given opportunities in employment and be the main agenda in any kind of policy formulation in the country. A specialised infrastructure for OBK should also be constructed.

A student receiving her certificate from the guest of honour.
The forum involved some 20 facilitators from various government and non-government agencies. According to lead facilitator Dyg Noor Hidayah binti Hj Osman, Community Development Officer at JAPEM, the facilitators' main objectives were to encourage the students to voice out their opinions and ideas alongside their discussion topics, which included education, social protection and Islamic Religious Knowledge.

"The hall has been lively with the sounds of their discussions and they have also been (taking) their own initiatives in their final presentation. Some even decided to make a role play out of the topic given," said Dyg Noor Hidayah.

-- courtesy Borneo Bulletin --
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