Sowing the ‘Seeds’ for a creative society

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Students’ Extracurricular and Educational Dramatic Society (Seeds) Brunei yesterday conducted the second round of its eighth series of drama workshops at the UBD-IBM Centre.

About 50 students attended the one-day workshop, which was themed “Great Thinkers Come This Way”.

Present as the guest of honour at the event was Ministry of Education (MoE) Acting Special Duties Officer (Professional) Marina Chek Bujang.

“Seeds has diligently helmed the country’s vision to become one that is productive and ambitious, with the hopes to equip its future generation with interpersonal skills and opportunities to excel in various fields, namely the creative arts.

“For eight years, Seeds Brunei has worked hard on tapping the potential of youths through different arts forms and this is showcased today,” Marina said.

She said that these workshops can help inspire young individuals and remind them “that a little think can produce great results”.

By becoming great thinkers, these individuals will potentially have the capacity to maximise their contributions, she said.

“With the challenges that we are facing economically in the present day, the country is in more need of individuals like you who are present with me today.

“To be able to provide ideas, to ignite motivation and to serve as innovators – these are the roles that you will carry as the future leaders of an ever-prosperous Brunei,” Marina told the participants.

According to Seeds Co-chairperson cum English Literature teacher at Sengkurong Sixth Form Centre (PTES) Roziana Juned, a Seeds workshop is typically structured as an academic arts programme, giving participants the opportunity to participate in activities including acting clinics, music production and graphic design classes.

Seeds participants, who are referred to as “seedlings”, often partake in two to three workshops held during term holidays in a year, before working together on a musical production which usually takes place at the end of the year, she said.

Among the objectives of the workshops are to encourage students to be involved with and understand the basic inner workings of drama productions, and to be able to confidently express themselves in the English language.

Seeds Brunei was first established in 2008 as a non-profit organisation aimed at providing students with skills through drama education.

The Brunei Times