Expansion of educational outreach proposed

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Human Library Project (HLP) should be introduced in all four districts after continuously receiving positive response from residents of the Kg Amo ‘B’ longhouse in Temburong, the project’s current leader yesterday said.

The project saw its fifth cohort, composed of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) students in their Discovery Year, complete its 14 to 16 weeks of teaching primary students from the village. The six UBD undergra duates volunteered to tutor 40 primary school students ranging from kindergarten to Year 6. The project was facilitated by both UBD and Kg Amo.

Muhammad Hafiz Muizzuddin Hj Abdul, HLP’s current leader, said the benefits of the project should be for all students across the country. “We do hope that this project can be undertaken throughout the whole country as its objective to help improve students’ academic performance while also instilling in them self-confidence and a stronger spirit to succeed,” said Muhammad Hafiz.

He said that several parents had approached the team inquiring whether they would tutor secondary school students as well in addition to inquiries as to whether they would tutor for the upcoming Primary School Assessment (PSR).

“On a personal level, I look forward to going back even if it is not a part of the HLP. It is an eye-opener. It is not only a learning process for the students, but also for us as we have learned various things throughout the whole course of the project,” said the HLP fifth cohort leader. The closing ceremony yesterday marked the end of the current cohort’s run with the students where they marked the occasion in a cultural event involving both the Kg Amo residents and the UBD students.

According to a previous report, the objective of the UBD Human Library Project is to reach a 100 per cent literacy rate for the children in Kg Amo.

HLP is a community outreach programme which is part of UBD’s Discovery Year activity.

The HLP embraces the philosophy of having the students of UBD as “human libraries” or centres that disseminate not only knowledge but also valuable life experiences, according to the UBD website.

The Brunei Times