Skits used to promote Arabic use

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THE Temburong Arabic School yesterday received top prize for this year’s 5th Masrahiah Arabiah Competition (Arabic skit) organised by the Department of Islamic Studies under the Minister of Religious Affairs (MoRA).

The yearly competition promotes the use of Arabic language to the students through presentation of video-recorded skits with the characters speaking in Arabic. It also aims to attract more students to study and to have high regard for Arabic language.

The competition also aims for the youth in the Sultantate to practise and learn moral values.

All the characters in the skits are played by students between the age of 12 and 13.

The major theme for this year’s skits was mostly on respect for parents, elders and also harmony in the family.

Temburong’s top prize winning skit was titled “Ameerah” and tackled the issue of good parenting.

The video of Sekolah-al-Falaah of Brunei Muara came in second while the skit of Sekolah Ugama-Tumpuan in Telisai, Daerah in Tutong placed third.

MoRA’s Permanent Secretary Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Aziz Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Hj Mhd Yussof and Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB) Director Hj Md Sofian Hj Bungsu were the guests of honour during the prize-giving ceremony held a the Studio 4, RTB in Kampong Sungai Akar.

Competition participants were from several primary schools from different districts consisted of five Arabic schools, five religious schools and Al-Falaah School as an invited participant.

Only the winner’s video was shown during yesterday’s ceremony.

Deputy Director from the Department of Religious Studies, Ustazah Hjh Rusita Hj Yahya said, “This contest was held to encourage students to speak and study Arabic. Additionally, it is to cultivate the students to use Arabic to communicate.”

“At the age of 12 and 13, the students have skills in communicating and understanding a non-native language. This is an impressive achievement that we should be proud of with our young generation,” said one of the religious teachers.

Hjh Norhayati, supervising teacher of the winning skit, told the Brunei Times, “The students practiced the skit and memorised the dialogues within a week. It didn’t take too long for these young students to make it perfect.

“We are so proud of our students for their capability in Arabic language and their achievement in this competition.”

MORA also expressed their gratitude to RTB for their collaboration in making this competition a success.

The skits were shot last November 5, 10 and 11 at the RTB, Sungai Akar.

The Brunei Times