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The 21st Century brings with it technological advancements that have been utilised in significant areas of development, and Brunei has willingly embraced positive modern change for its educational system. Such willingness is manifested in the recent introduction of the e-Hijrah movement under the Ministry of Education.

According to consultants from New Zealand-based globalSOF Consortium, who has been appointed to assist with the ambitious six-year project, e-Hijrah is "on track, with a number of the 47 initiatives under e-Hijrah to be rolled out this year".

Speaking to the Sunday Bulletin on the sidelines of a workshop organised for senior education officers from the Ministry of Education held at The Empire Hotel and Country Club, Samir Patel and Murray Brown said that the first initiative, which is to develop the Officer Management Programme, will begin operations within the next three months. This is to be followed by the second initiative of Education Enterprise Architecture and the subsequent designing of the Information Management System. The three initiatives will constitute the "core parts of e-Hijrah", said the consultants.

The ongoing initiatives of the e-Hijrah, it was explained, include providing schools with new equipment as part of the refreshing programme to share with students the feel of modern technology in classrooms as a starting point to provide them with other enriching qualities of e-Hijrah.

Preparations for 2012 have also begun, they said, and these include the launch of another six projects so that "we can start scaling from there".

"We have to be aggressive if we want to realise Brunei Vision 2035 and SPN21 (National Education System for the 21st Century)," they said, adding that the challenge that the project faces is the slowing down of the momentum that the team has generated to ensure that e-Hijrah becomes a success.

In an effort to tackle these potential obstacles, workshops will be conducted over the next six months - to be facilitated by local and international experts - which will see the introduction of such change to the Ministry of Education e-Hijrah team. The consultants will work together with the ministry through training and by reinforcing the ICT objective.

The first of such workshops, which concluded yesterday, involved two days of discussions in which heads of departments from the Ministry of Education, as well as the Minister of Education, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna (Dr) Dato Seri Setia Hj Awg Abu Bakar bin Hj Apong, took to the drawing board to analyse further the range of e-Hijrah initiatives in greater detail to establish which of the 47 projects are to be given priority.

"A key part of the workshop is understanding the change that is required and how to support and lead these changes within the Ministry and schools."

Internally, the team is currently establishing the Officer Programme Management comprising 15 officers from across the ministry whose responsibilities include leading the e-Hijrah initiatives and projects.


Autor(en)/Author(s): Siti Hajar

Quelle/Source: Borneo Bulletin, 22.05.2011

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