Visiting students drop by Tutong district
A GROUP of 25 individuals comprising students and instructors from the Institute of Brunei Technical Education School of ICT (IBTE ICT) and Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College West visited tourism destinations in the Tutong district yesterday.
The visit was organised to allow the participants to observe the cultural traditions and cottage industries featured in the district.
Head of Singapore’s delegation, Dr Norashid Darni, said they were in Brunei for an exchange programme with IBTE ICT and that the visits in Tutong were to help them understand more of Bruneian culture.
“The visits today provided an opportunity for our students (from ITE College West) to see Bruneians from a bigger perspective, to see the Bruneians’ way of life (and) ultimately to be enriched with cultures other than theirs,” said the instructor from the institute.
During the visit, the students and instructors were given a tour of a number of community based ecotourism destinations in Kg Kiudang and Kg Sungai Kelugos, namely Gallery Ariffin, the herbal tea production site of Teh Herba 3 MPK and the Tasbee Meliponiculture Farm.
The three stops allowed the students to observe a performance featuring the traditional drums and music of the Dusun community, a demonstration on how the Teh Herba 3 MPK is packaged and the methods of harvesting stingless bee honey.
“Singapore is a metropolitan city and many of our students (ITE College West) are unfamiliar with nature and the rural life. They have not seen things like the rumah panjang or even farms because these are not things that are common in our country,” he said.
He added that the Tutong tour enabled the Singaporean students to observe where the natural resources that they consume come from and allowed them to understand the hard labour that comes from the production of food.
“In Singapore, even our honey is imported from countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei (so) they don’t realise that harvesting honey is not an easy thing to do. The main take away from our tour is that our students would learn to appreciate the value of these natural resources,” he said.
The tour ended with the group visiting the One Village One Product (OVOP) Gallery at the Tutong District Office where they were briefed on the role of the district office in developing Tutong through collaborations with the Tutong community.
The Brunei Times