The annual Teachers Day Celebration is one of the platforms to commemorate and glorify the role and sacrifice of teachers in building the national identity. The culmination of yesterday’s celebration was the presentation of the Teachers Day Awards to 29 recipients. His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam presented the awards.

Upon arrival, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato’ Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi Bin Haji Osman, Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs; Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, Deputy Minister of Education; and Dato Paduka Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs.

Also present were His Majesty’s sons and brothers: His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel.

The function began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah dedicated to Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien and teachers who have passed away and followed by the Doa Selamat read by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.

The reading of Surah Al-Kahfi by Awang Mohammad bins Ali, the champion of the International Tilawatil Qur’an competition 2014 in Moscow, Russia. The Minister of Education, in his welcoming remarks, among other matters touched on the expert teachers project in literacy and numeration brought in from overseas to improve students’ skills in the area, not only aimed at giving an impact towards teaching and learning in schools but also to increase the capacity and skills of teachers and officers through the process of knowledge transfer from the experts. Yang Berhormat Pehin also underscored the efforts to improve students’ achievements. The strategy and measures implemented continue to focus on 5 key areas namely leadership, teaching and learning, attendance and social factor, accountability and performance management as well as cross cutting enablers.

A video clip presentation showcasing a collection of His Majesty’s titah related to this year’s theme, efforts by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs in enhancing teacher quality through various exposures and student achievement in certain fields. The Teachers Day celebration is further highlighted with a song performance by the primary, secondary and sixth form students and teachers from the Ministry of Education and the Islamic Education Centre, Ministry of Religious Affairs.

The highlight of the celebration was the presentation of the Teachers Day Awards. The SULTAN HAJI OMAR ‘ALI SAIFUDDIEN EDUCATION AWARD which is the highest Teachers Day Award was bestowed to two recipients. The first recipient was Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti. 75-year-old, Yang Berhormat Pehin is the country’s prominent figure who plays an important role in developing education, enhancing Islamic assimilation and glorifying religion in the country.

The second recipient was Dato Paduka Awang Haji Saman bin Kahar. He is a prominent figure who has contributed to the progress and development of national and international education. He is also one of those who played an important role in the establishment of Universiti Brunei Darussalam and the Islamic Studies Institute. Both recipients received a citation, 20 thousand dollars in cash, a souvenir and free medical facilities including all expenses in first class wards at any government hospitals in the country.

The Meritorious Award was given to two recipients. The first recipient was Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Hamid bin Mohammad Daud, an educator and contributor in Islamic Religious Education. His most significant contribution is in producing students with individuality. Dato Seri Setia is one of the early pioneers in founding co-curriculum activities and religious competitions.

68-year-old Haji Awang Abdul Alim bin Haji Awang Othman was the second recipient. Throughout his 33-years of service with the government, he has contributed through teaching, guidance, assisting in individuality formation and improving the studies of weak students and developing education for people with exceptional abilities. They received a citation, 12-thousand dollars in cash, souvenir and free medical treatment at any government hospital.

5 people received the Excellent Teacher’s Award. The award is specifically for teachers who are still in service at education institutions in the country and has provided excellent service in their respective subjects and fields. They are Dayang Rosnani binti Haji Hamid, excellent teacher in Tourism; Dayang Hajah Noorliah binti Haji Aspar, excellent teacher in leadership; Awang Hairul Bahrin bin Haji Bagol, excellent teacher in Mathematics; Dayang Nor Surayani binti Abdul Hamid, excellent teacher in Fiqah and Dayang Hajah Seri Ainey binti Haji Shahri, excellent teacher in English Language. Each recipient received a citation, 4-thousand dollars, and given priority to pursue further studies.

20 others received the Special Mention Teachers Day Appreciation Award. They receive a citation, one thousand dollars in cash and a plaque. The Teachers Day celebration was first introduced in 1991. The bestowal of the Teachers Day Awards is truly significant as it clearly proves the country and government’s recognition to the teaching profession and teacher’s professionalism.

This year’s celebration emphasises on educators needing to possess high intellectual capabilities and integrity in honing thinking skills and personalities of students to produce a generation of independence and high vision.

Source: Radio Television Brunei