Roadshow aims to instil wildlife awareness
PRIMARY SCHOOL children are an important group in initiating change for effective wildlife awareness amongst society.
A wildlife roadshow was launched yesterday by the Wildlife Division at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) and Brunei Methanol Company (BMC) for primary school students in the Belait District kick-starting a series of roadshows that are due to take place across the Sultanate.
Present at the launch, which took place at Seria’s Pusat Insani, was MIPR Minister Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Hj Yahya Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar.
YB Pehin Dato Hj Yahya, in his speech said it is imperative for awareness on the importance of wildlife to begin at the youngest possible age so that youth may garner a deeper understanding and appreciation of the country’s natural heritage.
“It is hoped that (this roadshow) will cultivate an interest and inculcate a passion within them on the learning and research aspects which in turn will produce future local researchers who will unravel the mysteries of our biodiversity for its continued harmony and well-being,” said YB Pehin Dato Hj Yahya.
He said the only way to ensure the future generation becomes a responsible society in safeguarding the country’s natural habitat is through proper guidance.
The roadshow themed ‘Sayangi dan Hargai Hidupan Liar Negara Kitani’ is aimed at disseminating information and more importantly, understanding on the importance of wildlife, comprising both flora and fauna, that is increasingly becoming threatened said the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at BMC, Daud Hj Jais during his welcoming remarks at the launch.
Students from all public and private schools in the Belait District attended several talks by three representatives from the Wildlife Division.
Among these talks, include a talk on the division’s establishment, role and function of wildlife, laws and enforcement of wildlife in the Sultanate, and sea turtle management and conservation.
To hold the attention of the primary school students, a quiz was organised after the series of talks to gauge their understanding and reception of the knowledge that had been dispensed to them.
The wildlife roadshow is also part of BMC’s Corporate Social Responsibility in promoting public awareness, which was started in 2009. This year BMC donated $25,000 to fund a fraction of the roadshow.
The Brunei Times