JIS students revisit WWII Brunei

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

IN A BID to further foster comprehensive understanding of Brunei’s history, students of the Jerudong International School (JIS) have taken upon themselves to conduct research on the people affected by the World War II (WWII) as parts of their history projects.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, head of History at JIS Matthew Langridge said as WWII and Brunei’s history are part of the learning syllabus in Year 9, these (Year 9) students use these projects as opportunities to gain in-depth understanding of this significant period in history.

“Our students have undertaken their own research projects on the experience of Brunei during WWII and some even interviewed relatives who lived through that period,” he said.

“This period (WWII) is an important event in our history, and to learn about what really happened from individual’s personal accounts is something unique and valuable not only for us historians but also the students themselves in getting to know their own family’s background and history,” said the history teacher.

Sachi Dieker, a Japanese-American student, said that she interviewed her Japanese grandmother for the project when her grandmother visited the sultanate recently for a month from Japan.

Another student, Fairuz Zahra Feisal highlighted that the project was ‘a good learning experience’ in knowing the history of her family as well as Brunei itself.

She said that her interview with her 86-year-old grandmother was calm although her grandmother went through ‘traumatic experience’ during the war.

The videos of these interviews were showcased yesterday along with the opening ceremony of the multimedia exhibition of ‘Stories through Memories: 70 Years of Friendship’ hosted by JIS at its Art Centre. The exhibition was first launched last year to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the landing of Australia troops in Brunei in liberating the sultanate from Japanese occupation in 1945, dubbed as the ‘Oboe Operations’.

A joint-project between Australian High Commission and Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), the exhibition displayed historical photos from the Australian War Memorial archives, along with first-hand video interviews of Bruneians who lived during WWII as tributes to survivors of the war.

The exhibition at JIS formally opened by Jessica Bowen-Thomas, Australian High Commission’s Second Secretary representing the Australian High Commissioner and followed by a guest lecture by Dr Frank Dhont of UBD’s Institute of Asian Studies.

The WWII-themed exhibition with the added touch of JIS’s own students’ videos, will be opened for students, staff and families of the JIS community for the next two days (until May 13th).

The Brunei Times