‘Graduates should never stop learning’
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
GRADUATES from Hassanal Bolkiah Arabic Secondary School (SMALHB) should help contribute to the nation’s development by continuing to seek knowledge for their own betterment.
Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) rector Dr Hj Norarfan Hj Zainal said this during his welcoming remarks at the 22nd certificate presentation ceremony for SMALHB graduates at the International Convention Centre in Berakas.
“The success of these students today is significant and of high value because they are to us the future assets of this country,” said Dr Hj Norarfan, who was the guest of honour.
He said continuous efforts through such things as moral support from all relevant parties including educators, parents and families should be prioritised in order for these students to see the benefit of seeking more knowledge.
“Exemplary human capital is not born overnight. In fact, it requires an ongoing nurturing process and guidance from a young age,” he said.
This is especially relevant for Islamic religious knowledge and the Arabic language, he said, which would help build up the nation’s defences against potentially deviant schools of thought that may threaten the sultanate’s peace and harmony.
“The ummah is now in the midst of a revolutionary, borderless world or global village that makes our world a small stage that can easily be reached in a short amount of time (through technology) but is able to leave a negative impact on our socio-religious development (if) our defences are weak.
“Noble efforts to continuously seek knowledge and involve oneself in charitable acts should not simply end at this stage.
“Islam urges its ummah to continue seeking knowledge until we die, be it through formal or non-formal education,” he said.
A total of 191 students received their certificates for completing their Higher Brunei Religious Studies Certificate and A-Levels for the year 2015.
According to a statement from the Department of Islamic Studies, the objective of the ceremony was to motivate the students to strive for excellence while also showing appreciation to those students who helped elevate the school’s status through their academic and extracurricular achievements.
The Brunei Times