Language and Literature Bureau to organise Early Literacy Programme meet

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THE Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) will be organising an Early Literacy Programme (Program Awal Literasi) meet at the bureau’s library in the capital on March 31 and April 2.

DBP officer Hilme Md Yahya said the meet will start at 9am and is open to members of the public who have children aged 3 years old and below.

“Several activities will be conducted such as recognizing shapes and pictures, rhythm songs for children and phonetics.”

These activities are intended to improve the children’s knowledge through engaging methods, he said.

He added that the DBP is expecting 15 to 20 participants for the meet.

The Early Literacy Programme was introduced in 2014 to parents of newborns who received books to foster the love for reading at a young age.

The programme pack contains Malay and English books including basic ABC, number and religious books.

Under the programme, parents are expected to read the books to their newborns in order to nurture their reading habits.

Hilme said parents who have participated in the programme became members of the Early Literacy Club and members of the bureau’s libraries and their progress were monitored by DBP libraries in all four districts.

Talks or lectures were also organised by the libraries for parents on how to improve their children’s reading habits, among others.

He added that parents were also given talks on how to motivate their children to read more, as well as tips for reading with their children.

Hilme said the bureau is looking at the possibility of constantly monitoring the progress of the participants to assess the effects on the children when they are older.

During the 12th Legislative Council session, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awang Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof said the ministry intends to enrol all infants in the programme in the future.

At present, only infants born in February were selected to participate in the programme to allow the bureau to better manage and study the effects.

The minister added that although results can only be observed when the children have reached the age of five, parents have provided positive feedback and are satisfied with the progress of their child’s learning.

As of March this year, 357 families are currently enrolled in the Early Literacy Programme.

For more information on the meet, the public can contact the DBP library at 2235501 ext 512 during office hours or simply go to DBP’s Facebook page: Perpustakaan DBP Brunei Pusat.

The Brunei Times