20 schools selected for ICT project

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BRUNEI-MUARA

TWENTY government schools have been selected to implement information communications technology (ICT) to promote innovative learning.

The Ministry of Education launched the Whole School ICT Development (WISD) project, under the ‘e-Hijrah’ drive to foster creativity in education.

Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awang Abu Bakar Hj Apong said the project was significant because it is the start of bringing together principals, teachers and students in developing a culture of ICT in schools.

He said the vision of ‘e-Hijrah’ strategy and blueprint was to “infuse ICT skills and digital competencies throughout the education system and MoE departments”.

The minister added that an important element of the project was to “leverage and accentuate Brunei’s heritage and traditions, and its concept of Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB)”.

Pehin Dato Hj Abu Bakar congratulated the 20 schools as pioneers for helping the ministry develop and trial localised tools and resources that support contemporary methods of teaching and learning in Brunei.

Due for completion by July 2014, the project expects to deliver training kits made accessible to all schools in Brunei in 2015.

Hj Abd Rahim Derus, director of the ICT Department at MoE, said “ICT can make possible new and more powerful learning experiences for students”.

He said the schools had been chosen based on their readiness for change, using tools such as school profiling, surveys on ICT capability, and review by experienced education officers.

The selected schools were made to ensure geographical coverage in all four districts, and include sports, technical and vocational schools.

Two speakers were invited to share lessons on similar endeavours in South Korea and the United Kingdom.

From today, the selected schools will work with international experts for two days on the orientation phase of the WSID project.

The Brunei Times