To enhance children's knowledge on Convention on the Rights of the Child aside from providing with the opportunity to voice their views that can be used as reference in preparing policies and programmes involving children, yesterday morning, the Community Development Department, JAPEM organised the Brunei Darussalam Children's Forum. The forum was jointly conducted by the Ministry of Education and the Authority of Info-Communication and Technology Industry, AiTi.
The Forum was officiated by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohamad Yussof, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports. Also present were Dato Paduka Seri Haji Mohd Jammy (pron:JIMI) bin Haji Muhd Shah Al-Islam, Commissioner of Police as member of the Special Committee for the Family Institution, Women and Children; Datin Paduka Doktor Hajah Norlila binti Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Jalil and Dato Paduka Awang Haji Mohd Juanda bin Haji Abdul Rashid, Permanent Secretaries at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
The function proceeded with a keynote speech delivered by Ms Marianne Clark-Hattingh, Representative of the United Nations' Children's Fund, UNICEF from Malaysia and UNICEF special representative for Brunei Darussalam. Her keynote speech among other matters touched on the collaboration of articles under the Convention on the Rights of the Child which are guidance of parents or guardians, enabling them to obtain information through mass media and the education objective. The forum was attended by some 50 Year 9 and 10 students from government and private secondary schools. Themed, "Kanak-Kanak Cemerlang, Negara Gemilang" or Excellent Children, Glorious Nation, the 2-day forum is hoped to promote awareness amongst children on children's rights towards enhancing their welfare and well-being.
Source: Radio Television Brunei