Published on Oct 9, 2014
His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam joined educators and students in celebrating the 24th Teachers' Day and 100 years of formal education in a ceremony held at the International Convention Centre.
Also present were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik and His Royal Highness Prince Wakeel.
In a titah His Majesty called on the Ministry of Education (MoE) to address the strengths and weaknesses of the National Education System for the 21st Century or SPN21.
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Brunei started on Thursday celebrating its 100th anniversary of establishing formal education with various activities throughout the year.
According to the state broadcaster, the Ridio and Television Brunei (RTB), throughout the 100 years of formal education establishment in Brunei, the country’s education system has since saw the importance of lifetime learning, which is in line with the Compulsory Education Order introduced in year 2007. Since 1914, the nation’s education system has succeeded in making progress and developed along with the time’s changing generation.
Today, Brunei’s education system is in level with the education system of developed countries. The Ministry of Education continues to put efforts by making several changes and development plans towards their role in producing quality and competitive individuals to the international level.
Formal Education in Brunei began around 1914 through a basic teaching of reading and writing, as during that time literacy was limited. The first school with an English education curriculum was established in 1952 followed by the establishment of the first English Secondary School in 1953.
The first Chinese school with a two-storey shoplot in Brunei opened in 1918. York Choi School, which was established by Kapitan China Ong Boon Pang and a few dignitaries, was designed to provide quality education for the Chinese community in the Sultanate. Four years after its inauguration, the school was named Chung Hwa School and it had its own school premises in 1938.
In 1984, a bilingual education system was launched and implemented in 1985. In the same year, the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) was established. Since its establishment, UBD has produced a broad number of graduates mastering in various fields.
Meanwhile, Brunei’s Postal Services Department issued commemorative stamps to mark 100 years of formal education in Brunei at all post office branches nationwide on Oct. 9.
Friday, December 6, 2013
ALL events related to Al-Quran must be treated with the utmost importance as the noble book contains the words of Allah SWT, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam said yesterday.
“This is why this Haflut Takharruj (graduation ceremony) and the awarding of special degrees to the hafiz (a person who has memorised all 30 juzuk of Al-Quran) are very important,” His Majesty said in his titah at the Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah inaugural graduation ceremony.
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The ceremony held in the Banquet Hall of the Prime Minister’s Office saw 30 graduates receive their Special Degrees in Memorising Al-Quran and another 12 their diplomas for completing their “Aliyah Qira’at”, a three-year course at the institute.
“I am made to understand that out of 12 diploma holders, six of them can be called a Hafiz as they have memorised the 30 juzuk of Al-Quran, but have yet to undergo the Tasmie’ examination organised by (the) Tasmie’ Board of (the) Brunei Islamic Religious Council,” the monarch said.
His Majesty pointed out that memorising the juzuk of Al-Quran required both spiritual and intellectual excellence.
His Majesty said that “...this religion (Islam) is a balance between both duniawi (worldly demands) andukhrawi (spiritual demands). As a Muslim we must know how to balance these demands”.
His Majesty added that he was delighted that the institute did not focus solely on encouraging students to memorise Al-Quran but also formal subjects such as science, medical and engineering, among other things.
“This is the starting point for Institut Tahfiz Al Quran Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah, insyaAllah, to begin producing future doctors or engineers or scientists who have also memorised Al-Quran,” he said.
In congratulating the graduates and the hafiz, His Majesty uttered a doa (supplication) for their continued success.
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