Promoting drug awareness with help of Powerpoint

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SIXTH Formers from three schools faced off in the Powerpoint (presentation software) Design Competition finals held yesterday at the Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB) Sg Akar studio. The competition, organised by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), is one of several activities targeted at children in the government’s bid for a drug-free Brunei.

Students from Meragang Sixth Form Centre, Tutong Sixth Form Centre and Hassanal Bolkiah Arabic Secondary School for Boys took turns to discuss several topics on drug abuse and trafficking, aided by Powerpoint presentations.

Meragang boys Wong Choon Jie, Ong Cheong Yu and Chong Yee Jun emerged as champions of the inaugural competition, wowing the audience and judges with their offbeat presentation of “the reality” of the appeal of drugs to youths.

In delivering a judging analysis of the competition, Osmawi Hj Osman, Assistant Director of NCB’s Law Enforcement and Intelligence Division, said that each school’s presentation showed creativity and comprehensive information, despite inaccuracies in an earlier event in which all participating schools put up exhibition booths.

“We looked for clear Powerpoints and casual delivery. For future competitions, we don’t want to see normal presentations, we want outside-the-box thinking. We believe we will see extraordinary performances in the future,” he said.

In his opening speech, NCB Director Hj Jasmin Hj Jamudin said that the competition served to gauge the depth of youth understanding on the consequences of drug abuse, while fostering creativity and innovation in the dissemination of drug awareness.

“Although drug abuse is under control in Brunei Darussalam, NCB as the lead agency in drug law enforcement will remain committed to tackling the issue of drug abuse… Public awareness campaigns through drug prevention education are conducted in schools, acknowledging the daily exposure and risks of students to this danger,” said Hj Jasmin.

Guest of Honour, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Core Education, Ministry of Education, Hj Suhaila Hj Abd Karim, was on hand to present prizes to the winners.

Prizes were also awarded to winners of this year’s NCB Article Writing Competition. The event also featured a choir performance from the pre-schoolchildren of Datu Ratna Haji Muhammad Jaafar Kiarong Primary School.

Held as part of Brunei’s commemoration of UN’s International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, NCB intends to hold the competition annually, leveraging the position of Sixth Form students as society’s role models for youth.

The Brunei Times