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Education Options After O Levels in Brunei

TO MEET the aspirations of Vision 2035 for the people of Brunei Darussalam to be in the world’s top 10 countries with the highest standard of living, the national education system must provide every student the opportunity to acquire the right skills and competencies to seek gainful employment that would build the foundation for a more inclusive and harmonious society.

Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) provides opportunities for students to learn hands-on skills and competencies required in the workplace. These skills are highly sought-after by the industry and TVET will be providing students with skills-based instructions that would benefit those dexterous learners more than other learning styles.

Contrary to popular belief, TVET is not for failures in schools; the stigma of technical education on the societal mindset must also change in line with present-day realities. The success of an education system hinges on its ability to meet the different needs of students …

Aiko and Taro Playhouse

The newly established Aiko and Taro Playhouse, located at Unit 4, First Floor, Block C of Bangunan BPD Haj Md Yusof in Kg Kiulap, aims to provide a positive environment for childen to flourish naturally.

The founder of Aiko and Taro Playhouse, JC Yong explained their FEEL concept, which involves right brain stimulation activities especially for kids between four to six years old, and said that children pick up certain stills like reading, language art and music better at an early age given their brain develment capacity.

The FEEL concept stands for ‘Feed your kids with knowledge, Expose your kids to art and music, Encourage your kids to express themselves freely and Lead your kids to the world of reading;.

The playhouse’s main objective is to build a robust foundation on reading the ability for kids to better overcame academic challenges in the future, whild nurturing their creativity and instincts.

Education programmes in schools generally focus on left braind developments and teac…

Traditional Games in Brunei: Windows to the Past

Sunday, February 22, 2015

TRADITIONAL children’s games may not be as popular as they were generations ago, but parents and teachers agree that they can only be good for today’s children, whether for learning customs and traditions or simply for a healthy dose of outdoor exercise.

“Not many children today know about the games we used to play when we were kids... Now, most games use technology. You only need to relax and sit to play games. Games in the past required physical exertion; you needed to expend energy!” said Hj Abd Rashid Hj Md Rais, who pointed out that kids of his generation were healthy and fit, while obesity is prevalent among today’s children.

He was speaking to The Brunei Times while watching his two daughters playing gatah (a game using a rope made from rubber bands) as part of a traditional games activity organised by Belait Arabic School yesterday.

“We used to play gatah just like they’re doing now. Two kids will hold the rope up while others take turns jump…

Celebrating 31 Years of Independence in Brunei


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

THE vibrant colours of the national flag reigned over the capital yesterday as more than 22,000 people descended upon Bandar to celebrate Brunei’s 31st National Day.

As the thick shroud of dawn mist slowly gave way to a blistering mid-morning sun, people from all walks of life poured into Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SOAS).

Flag-waving students lined the streets leading to the historic padang, where Brunei was proclaimed an independent nation on January 1, 1984.Anticipation reached a peak at 8.15am as the public eagerly welcomed the arrival of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

He was accompanied by several members of the Royal family, including His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, HRH Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, HRH Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah, HRH Prince H…

HM Sultan Brunei: Step out of Comfort Zone

23 February 2015

HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday lamented the lack of enthusiasm among the younger generation who have yet to grasp opportunities provided by the government.

In the monarch’s 31st National Day titah that was aired on radio as well as television last night, His Majesty said the government has invested in human resource development programmes to provide locals with skills and abilities to meet the demand of the private sector. But in spite of that “not many are seizing opportunities that are readily available.”

His Majesty questioned the cause behind this issue and pointed out that perhaps many are too cautious to step away from their comfort zones whereby, “many of our locals are still too hopeful on the government sector for employment”, despite the private sector offering positions that can also fulfil their needs.

“Solutions must be found for this (issue),” said His Majesty.

With this year’s National Day theme ‘Generation with a …

Brunei's First National Day 1984

Posted date: February 21, 2015
| Haji Mohd Daud Abdul Rahman |

THIS year will mark the 31st anniversary of Brunei Darussalam’s full independence, which it achieved on January 1, 1984. Every year, the country celebrates its National Day on February 23.

One of the memorable occasions during the first National Day celebration in 1984 was the appointment of Haji Abdul Rahim bin Haji Metussin, a student from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), as the first reciter of the national pledge at the distinguished occasion.

The whole country, as well as other countries in the Asia Pacific region, witnessed the momentous event live on television. At that time, other countries were just started discovering Brunei, a small country that has managed to achieve independence peacefully.

About 30,000 guests, including those from abroad, witnessed the event at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium. Guests included Heads of State, foreign officials, Pengiran-Pengiran Cheteria, Pehin-Pehin, senior g…

His Majesty Sultan Brunei's Newly-Born Grandson

Sunday, February 22, 2015

BY THE command of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Grand Chamberlain Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Penggawa Laila Bentara Istiadat Diraja Dalam Istana Pengiran Hj Alauddin Pengiran Paduka Tuan Pengiran Hj Abu Bakar yesterday announced that the monarch’s newly-born grandson has been named Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muhammad ‘Aamir bin Pengiran Anak Haji Muhammad Ruzaini.

His Majesty’s grandson was born on February 13, 2015 at 6.55pm, to Her Royal Highness Princess Hjh Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Hj Muhammad Ruzaini bin Pengiran Dr Hj Mohd Yakub.

His Majesty and Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha expressed their gratitude to all involved during the delivery of the monarch’s grandson, and messages of congratulations received following the royal birth.

Brunei Chinese Celebrates Lunar New Year

Posted date: February 20, 2015

| Hakim Hayat |

THE beating of drums and clash of cymbals resonated throughout the capital yesterday as hundreds of members of the Chinese community converged at the Teng Yun Temple to mark the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Goat.

The biggest event of the Chinese calendar, it is customary for Chinese communities all over the world to start off their Lunar New Year’s first day with offerings and prayers at a temple, and the community in Brunei Darussalam is no exception.

Amid thick smoke from burning candles and incense, a prominent lion dance troupe from Chung Hwa Middle School entered the temple’s courtyard to kick off the celebrations, performing to a crowd who had gathered as early as 7am to witness the colourful and lively performance.

The troupe later made their way into the temple, where worshippers could be seen entering and exiting to pay respects to their ancestors and make offerings as part of traditional prayers for prosperity, healt…

Foreigners and Locals Praise Brunei's Tolerance for Ethnic Diversity

Rabiatul Kamit

Friday, February 20, 2015

THE start of the Chinese New Year brought worshippers and the public together to enjoy the celebration yesterday at the Teng Yun Temple in Bandar Seri Begawan.

Among the festive crowd was Victor A Seleznev, the outgoing Russian Ambassador to Brunei, who has attended the event every year throughout his five-year posting in support of the country’s tolerance for ethnic diversity.

“The respect shown by Bruneians is a great demonstration of tolerance in friendship among the people,” he said, praising the peaceful state of the nation.

Like many visitors to the Chinese temple during the morning of the Lunar New Year, Seleznev was looking forward to the animated lion dance. Describing the dance as “charming and interesting”, he said he was awed by the acrobatic skills of the performing troupe.

Shutterbugs, both professional and amateur, also thronged the celebration to capture the sights and sounds of the biggest holiday celebration in t…

Brunei Royals Visit Chinese New Year Open Houses

Posted date: February 20, 2015
| Lyna Mohamad, Hakim Hayat & Abdul Hakiim Yakof |

THE festive Lunar New Year of the Goat began with a royal touch as His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office with Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah graced the Chinese New Year open houses of prominent figures in the Chinese community yesterday.

Accompanying Their Royal Highnesses were HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik, HRH Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim and HRH Princess Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah.

Their Royal Highnesses first visited the house of a prominent business figure and Legislative Council (LegCo) member, YB Pehin Kapitan Lela Diraja Dato Paduka Awang Goh King Chin in Kampong Sungai Besar, Jalan Kota Batu.

Their Royal Highnesses were greeted on arrival by YB Pehin Dato Paduka Awang Goh King Chin and Datin as well his family members.

YB Pehin Dato Paduka Awang Goh King Chin is one of the prom…