Education minister at 37th UNESCO

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MINISTRY of Education (MoE) representatives are currently in Paris, France, to attend the 37th Session of United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) General Conference at the UNESCO Headquarters.

The delegation is led by Minister of Education cum Chairman of Brunei Darussalam National Commission of UNESCO Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Abu Bakar Hj Apong.

Also among the Bruneian group are Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to France cum Brunei Darussalam Permanent Representative to UNESCO Dato Paduka Zainidi Sidup and MoE Permanent Secretary (Core Education) Dr Haji Junaidi Hj Abdul Rahman, and senior officials from MoE.

The conference will see representatives from all 195 UNESCO member states discussing issues concerning the development of education, culture, science, communication, and information.

The organisation’s strategy and direction for the next eight years will also be discussed, as well as new ways of promoting peace and prosperity in a globalised world through UNESCO.

In his statement at the conference’s General Policy Debate yesterday, the Brunei Minister of Education shared with his global counterparts that Brunei has embarked on a number of major activities as part of its efforts to support and respond to UNESCO’s mandate, including the Post 2015 Development Agenda.

In the education field, the Minister stated that there are plans in Brunei to improve its students’ learning support system, in such a way that no child is left behind academically. He also provided an overview of the country’s national programmes, initiatives and development in areas of education at all levels, stating that the MoE will be continuously monitoring and evaluating processes related to the planned activities and outcomes, to ensure that the education system in the nation remains up-to-date.

He further stressed that the national curriculum will be designed to ensure that students in Brunei excel academically as well as develop into well-rounded individuals, in an effort to prepare them to be global citizens who will be ready for the needs and challenges of the 21st century. He said that students are Brunei are also currently being encouraged to become more active and interactive when it comes to learning science, through the adoption of an Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) approach by the MoE.

The Minister also mentioned the Brunei Darussalam Teacher Academy, which will give opportunities for teachers to improve themselves via the guidance of peers and professionals, so as to raise their quality and professionalism.

For the field of information and communication technologies, the Minister said that the Ministry of Communications and the Authority of Info-communications Technology Industry in Brunei (AITI) conducted an in-depth study to assess the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) for the country.

In terms of the field of sciences, environmental protection is a priority for the Brunei government. According to the Minister, there are ongoing efforts and initiatives to carry out the development of new policies on waste recycling and management, urban and rural planning, and water resources conservation, among others.

However, the Minister urged UNESCO with its strong mandate and expertise in the area of Science Technology and Innovation (STI) to assist Brunei, in the development of an integrated national STI policy, as well as in the strengthening of national STI human and institutional capacities.

In terms of culture, the Minister said that Brunei is fully committed to ensuring that effective measures are taken for the protection, conservation and presentation of its cultural, natural and intangible cultural heritage.The 37th UNESCO conference will end on November 9. – Amanda Yap

The Brunei Times