More children join Early Literacy Programme

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THE Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) is expecting more children to participate in its Early Literacy Programme this month.

According to DBP officer, Hilme Md Yahya, an additional 15 children will be participating in the programme this April.

It was previously reported that some 357 families are currently enrolled in the bureau’s Early Literacy Programme as of March this year.

Yesterday the bureau held its latest edition of the Early Literacy Programme at its library in the capital.

The programme saw 11 children aged three years and below participating in activities such as identifying alphabets and numbers, singing and dancing, which were intended to improve the children’s knowledge and to instil an early reading culture.

Parents were given programme packs containing books about numbers and letters which were suitable for children aged five years and below.

According to the DBP, all participating parents of the Early Literacy Programme receive a special “loan record diary” which contains their children’s date of births and photos as well as parents’ names.

The diaries which contain records of borrowed books, are meant to allow easier and more effective monitoring by parents, DBP said.

Among those present yesterday was Acting Head of Library Section Hajah Masdiana Pg Hj Damit.

According to Md Hilme, DBP plans to hold the programme again during the next school holidays, and urged interested parents who wished to participate to contact the DBP.

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

The Brunei Times