‘Make traditional handicraft part of the curriculum’
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A BRUNEIAN cultural observer stressed the importance of promoting the country’s traditional handicrafts in both formal education and community-based organisations.
Speaking to The Brunei Times yesterday, Mohd Zefri Ariff Mohd Zain Ariff said Brunei’s traditional handicraft can be introduced as a module in the school curriculum or syllabus.
The lecturer of the Malay Language and Literary Programme at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) said doing so will also allow craftsman in each village or non-governmental organisation to promote and aid the development of traditional crafts in the sultanate.
“This is to preserve our culture,” said Mohd Zefri Ariff, who was among the visitors at the One Village One Product Handicrafts and Agricultural Expo and Prisons Departments’ Exhibition at the Airport Mall.
He said traditional arts and handicrafts define the true identity of a community or ethnic group.
The production of handicrafts can also benefit the economic development of the villagers.
It is therefore important for the youth to keep the tradition and culture alive through traditional arts and handicraft, he said.
To do so, there is a need to create standardisation of the products by either keeping its authenticity or bringing in new innovation and creativity in the materials used in quality handicraft and providing courses or craft-trainings to enhance skills, he added.
The Brunei Times