Crown Prince attends Knowledge Convention

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

HIS Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, yesterday attended the Knowledge Convention 2011 Prime Forum yesterday.

The forum carried the topic "Education Shapes the Nation's Character" and was held at the International Convention Centre.

The Crown Prince was accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik.

The forum saw the discussion of the role of education as the main foundation in shaping the nation's character and identity of the people within the context that Brunei is based on the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) national philosophy.

The three invited panelists at the forum were former Education Minister Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Hj Awg Abdul Aziz Begawan Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Hj Awg Umar, Professor Dr Abdul Rashid Mohamed, dean of Universiti Sains Malaysia's Institute of Education Studies and Assistant Professor Dr Mastura Badzis, lecturer at the Education Faculty of International Islamic University of Malaysia.

The forum discussed the need of a balanced education system that incorporates both mainstream education and religious education in shaping the nation's character.

The forum was chaired by Dr Hj Junaidi Hj Abdul Rahman, permanent secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education.

Deputy Education Minister Dato Seri Setia Hj Yusoff Hj Ismail, the chairperson of the Knowledge Convention 2011 Prime Forum, said the discussion was aired live by Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB) and was followed by those gathering for the Knowledge Convention ceremonies in the Belait, Tutong and Temburong districts.

Upon arrival, the Crown Prince was greeted by co-chairperson of the steering committee of the convention, Minister of Education Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Abu Bakar Hj Apong.

The three-day Knowledge Convention 2011 was held to mark the 65th birthday celebrations of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

During the convention which concluded yesterday, several working papers were presented from local and foreign speakers.

The Brunei Times