Minister urges parents to improve on parenting skills

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PARENTS need to improve on their parenting skills to strengthen the role and functions of the modern family institutions in this country, said the Minister of Education (MoE) during the opening ceremony of ‘Training of Trainers – Parental Skill’ Programme for government counsellors yesterday.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman, who is also the Chairman of Yayasan Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB) Board of Directors, said that the passage of time and the advancement of technology have led to the differences of parenting skills in the past and present.

“Globalisation, ICT and Knowledge Economy (K-Economy) are influences and challenges underlie in various aspects of life in the 21st century. Parents are bound by various rules and family law, civil laws and human rights,” said the Minister during the event at the YSHHB Complex in the capital.

He urged parents to master new skills and knowledge of parenting that suit the current environment.

He said that social stability and the well-being of a country is closely related to harmony and quality of family and community.

“It is important for government or non-government agency to come up with training and programmes for the community in jointly creating social stability through the strengthening of family institutions,” he said.

The minister highlighted the importance of counsellors and practitioners to grab every opportunity given to them in order to stay competent and effective.

“Counsellors must optimise any opportunity given to them in every programme or training to gain new knowledge and sharpen their skills as well as sharing their best knowledge to others,” said the Minister.

The ‘Training of Trainers’ programme is organised by the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB) until January 28; it aims to enrich the counselling experience of participants who often deal with parents at their workplace.

A total of 75 counsellors and practitioners from various government agencies are participating in the workshop.

The programme is facilitated by two Singaporean representatives from SuChi Success Inititative Pte Ltd, Mohamed Khair Mohamed Noor and Suriati Abdullah, and touches on topics such as the role of parents and parental responsibility in the Internet age, addressing the development needs of children, as well as topics that touch on financial aspect of parenting, communication and psychology.

Among the participants are officials from the Community Development Department (JAPEM), the Health Promotion Centre, Narcotics Control Bureau, the Royal Brunei Police Force, the Department of Islamic Studies (JPI), the Islamic Da’wah Centre (PDI), Department of Schools, Special Education Unit and Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB).

The Brunei Times