Indonesian officials learn Brunei’s religious education

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

OFFICIALS from Indonesia’s Ministry of Religious Affairs office in South Sumatra visited the Bandar Seri Begawan Arabic Preparatory School to learn and exchange best practices.

The delegation, which includes heads from 43 Islamic schools, was led by the head of the Religious Affairs Ministry’s office in South Sumatra, Indonesia Andas Hambali Abu Bakar.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the visit, Hambali said the education system in Brunei is good, particularly the lessons “taught by educators that have a simple organisation but encompass a vast amount of knowledge”.

He said the delegation was impressed with the life of Bruneians, in particular the way Muslims in the country carry out their religious duties and the way the government has established an Islamic system of governance.

The Indonesian delegation has been in the country since Sunday and will continue their journey to Malaysia before returning home.

Dr H Ahmad Zainuri, head of the working committee for heads of Islamic Schools of South Sumatra, said the visit aimed to learn best practices in religious education.

He also said the delegation intends to foster closer ties and establish working relations with those they met during their visit.

“Perhaps in the future students from our two countries can further their studies in our respective countries,” he said.

“Among other things, we are also here to learn how to further develop Islamic Schools in South Sumatra,” he added.

He hoped the heads of South Sumatra’s Islamic schools can apply what they learned from Brunei.

The Brunei Times