BIBD celebrates ALAF support force

Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) recently hosted an appreciation night for teachers and educators who are involved in the bank’s Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future (ALAF) programme.

The event was held to recognise and appreciate the tremendous support from the teachers towards the BIBD ALAF programme, in ensuring the well-being and educational needs of the primary, secondary and pre-university students under the programme are well-met.

A total of 76 Student Affairs (HEP) teachers comprising of 60 teachers from Department of Schools and 16 teachers from Department of Islamic Studies and 16 tuition teachers as well as nine interns were celebrated at the appreciation night held at the PGGMB building in the capital.

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BIBD’s Chief Marketing Officer, Hajah Nurul Akmar Hj Mohd Jaafar, who was present as guest of honour at the event, said: “Alhamdulillah, we are grateful for the support and contribution of the BIBD ALAF’s support and teaching force which have helped our ALAF students obtained not only academic achievements but also personal feats that BIBD and Brunei Darussalam can be proud of.”

“We also would like to express our utmost appreciation for the support we have received from other stakeholders of our ALAF programme. Together with the unwavering commitment of our teachers, BIBD will continue to expand the programme as a whole of-nation initiative and programme that support and furthers national goals towards the Brunei Vision 2035 and at the same time complement our sustainability goals as part of our framework towards supporting the UNSDG 2030,” she added.

Also present at the appreciation night were officials from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Religious Affairs, members of the BIBD ALAF Programme Board of Trustees, members of the BIBD ALAF Taskforce Committee, supporting vendors and BIBD personnel.

The collaboration between BIBD and the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs had progressed to the development of several beneficial activities and initiatives aimed to further develop a strong interest and a sense of appreciation from the students towards the ALAF programme.

Throughout the school holiday in March and December of the same year, several activities were lined up ranging from workshops, reading clubs, career talks and visits, motivational talks, forums, mental health awareness talks and sustainability activity with Kilang Reroot.

For the whole of Ramadhan 2021, students participated in Murratal Al-Quran and Khatam Al-Quran which were held online.

These activities are hoped to spur their efforts in achieving more from their education, and to provide them with the necessary skills required to prepare them for their future.

The BIBD ALAF programme is a manifestation of BIBD’s belief in the value of life-long learning, which meets the objective of Brunei Vision 2035 – to develop a nation widely recognised for the accomplishments of its well-educated and highly skilled people.

This programme also shows BIBD’s commitment as a Partner in Progress, taking a whole of-nation approach to capacity-building by partnering with the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) and the Ministry of Education (MoE), along with support from local corporates and members of the public.

BIBD ALAF programme is part of BIBD’s support for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), specifically SDG-4, which is to ensure high-quality education for all.

This article was first published on 09 July 2022 in our Weekly Epaper issue 201 | 


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