Concerns raised over cyber crimes on child development

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THE Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports raised concerns on the negative impact of sex-related crimes and cyber bullying on children at an international meeting.

Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman said cyber-related issues are a threat towards the development of children, a press release stated yesterday.

The deputy minister was in New Delhi, India to attend the Second High Level Meeting on South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in Asia and The Pacific.

Datin Paduka Hjh Adina also brought up the shortage of specialised teachers for pre-school education.

Another challenge is providing good training for babysitters working at childcare centers, as well as improving the quality of learning in such centers and pre-schools, she added.

During the meeting, Datin Paduka Hjh Adina said childhood development is the backbone of the country’s socio-economic growth.

The deputy minister shared that Brunei has introduced a number of initiatives for childhood care and development, including free education and healthcare services.

Since 1979, Brunei enforced a number of initiatives to improve the education for children in the country.

The pre-school education system was introduced in 1979 to allow children around five years of age to receive formal education.

In 1994, the inclusive education system was introduced and a number of acts related to child care and development were implemented between 2003 and 2006.

Children education and development is also the main agenda of the Strategic Plan 2007-2011 and 2012-2017 under the Ministry of Education (MoE).

The meeting from October 23-25 saw the New Delhi Declaration, which serves as a guideline for countries to form policies and future actions.

The Brunei Times