Schools receive Tutong authors’ books

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TUTONG’s Badan Kesenian dan Kebudayaan (B2K) or Arts and Culture Body yesterday distributed copies of six books by Tutong’s authors to 24 primary schools in the district.

B2K Head of the Language and Literature Section Dr Chong Ah Fok said that distributing these books will showcase local authors and talents to youth whilst cultivating their interest towards Malay literature by local authors.

“The most important thing we want to highlight is the use of the local Malay language in these books. We want the students to grasp the meaning and have a great understanding of the rich language that we have here in our country,” he told The Brunei Times.

He encouraged teachers to use the books as reference materials and use their own creativity in making the books “come to life”.

“For example, teachers can ask students to draw sketches or do acting practices in accordance to the descriptions given in the books such as the natural beauty or environment in Brunei or the culture of Bruneians,” he said.

This, he added, will not only nurture the younger generation to familiarise themselves with the works of local authors or writers but also to be creative in interpreting the stories they read and applying them to their current surroundings in the sultanate.

He went on to say that he hopes the books will also cultivate the love of reading, not only among students but also the teachers.

Dr Chong said the books “Daun”, “Suara Dari Pantai”, “Inilah Tafsir”, “Lorong-lorong Kehidupan”, “Prosiding Seminar Gema Puisi Merdeka” and “Commemorative Book of B2K’s 10th Anniversary” are either in poems or essay-based.

“The essay ones might not be suitable for (primary) students but (they can be used) by the teachers in enriching their knowledge regarding literature, culture and arts in Brunei,” said Dr Chong, who also wrote one of the books.

Headmaster of Penapar Primary School Yong Ming Chok said he will distribute the books to Malay teachers at the school so they can use them as learning materials.

“We would also like to disseminate information about these local writers and their books to parents and our community so more awareness can be made on the importance of local literature to encourage youth in embarking on this field,” he said.

In attendance as the guest of honour to present the books to heads of primary schools in Tutong was Hj Zulkifli Hj Ahmad, Cluster 5 officer of Tutong’s Department of Schools in a ceremony held at the New Building of Tutong’s Government Departments.

The Brunei Times