Bruneian students to promote rich culture in Japan

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

TWO students from Yayasan Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah Secondary School flew off to Japan yesterday to attend the Asian High School Students’ Forum hosted by Hidaka High School in Osaka.

Dk Nadia Safira Pg Hj Abdul Rahman and Hanisah Mohd Zakaria will be speaking on Asian culture as well as showcase a part of Brunei’s rich heritage, ‘The Colourful Bruneian Malay Wedding’.

Irene Chong, the teacher in charge and chaperone, said the students conducted a study to find out Bruneian views on marriage.

“We conducted a survey on 50 participants aged between 25 to 35 who are single and married to see whether they are interested in traditional or modern weddings or a combination of both.”

“What we found out was that people want to keep tradition very much alive so any challenges will not affect the traditional culture,” she told The Brunei Times.

Dk Nadia Safira said she is excited to showcase Bruneian culture to delegates from different countries.

The Year 10 student said one of the agenda is on preserving culture.

“I think it is important to preserve our culture. I don’t mean this just for us (Bruneians) but for every country as well.”

Sharing the same view as Dk Nadia Safira, Hanisah wants to enlighten the delegates on how Brunei has been one of the few countries that still keep to tradition even in the midst of modernisation.

“I hope Brunei will keep preserving the tradition and I hope this will inspire other countries to do the same.”

Both students hope to share the learnings with other students upon their return.

The students will also experience a homestay programme and visit various places of interest in Japan.

Held to mark Hidaka High School’s 100th anniversary, the forum aimed to develop students to become global players in their respective communities and to share their unique culture.

Participants from 16 countries in Southeast Asia and in East Asia are expected to attend the forum.

Hidaka High School, a prefectural public high school is located in Wakayama prefecture.

The Brunei Times