Ministry launches reading campaign

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THE Ministry of Education yesterday launched a nationwide campaign to promote and develop a strong reading culture for the first time.

Launched simultaneously in all four districts, the campaign aimed to foster greater ties among educators, parents and students in the pursuit of education while improving their literacy rate.

It also hoped to garner the support and participation of members of the public to promote the importance of reading especially among the younger generation.

The campaign carries the theme, ‘Bisaitah Kitani Membaca’ and the slogan of ‘Masyarakat Membaca, Negara Maju Jaya’, which is loosely translated as a reading community will result in a successful country.

Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Abu Bakar Hj Apong launched national campaign at The Airport Mall in the Brunei-Muara district.

During the launch, YB Pehin Dato Dr Hj Abu Bakar participated in a reading activity with young students, joined in a reading clinic and viewed a showcase of reading materials from international publishers, along with an exhibition and book fair from local and international companies.

In Temburong, Acting Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof launched the reading campaign at the Bumiputera building in Bangar.

The acting minister joined in some activities along with students from the district, and witnessed a group reading exercise before viewing an exhibition.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Hj Yussof Hj Ismail launched the campaign at the Bukit Beruang II Primary School in Tutong.

In Belait, Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman was the guest of honour at the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre.

Datin Paduka Hjh Adina participated in a reading activity with preschool students from the district.

The four events also saw the collection of funds for the Humanitarian Fund for Natural Disaster Victims in the Philippines.

The Brunei Times