The Royal Thai Embassy in Brunei Darussalam on Thursday hosted a reception to watch the opening ceremony of the 3rd Princess Maha Chakri Award (PMCA) Forum: Online Conference, broadcasted live from Bangkok, Thailand.
The welcoming session marked the first day of the two-day online forum which aimed to promote educational development in Southeast Asia as well as providing opportunities for the 2019 PMCA awardees from 11 countries to share their experiences and best practices.
Three Bruneian teachers who received the prestigious PCMA award from the Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in 2015, 2017 and 2019, respectively, attended the online forum which was also participated by awardees from 11 countries in Southeast Asia.
For Brunei, its 2019 PMCA recipient Hajah Noorliah Haji Aspar had the opportunity to deliver her presentation with 11 other teachers before the princess and live audience.
During the presentation, the special needs education teacher and headmistress at Sekolah Rendah Lambak Kanan Jalan 49 shared numerous activities she had done with her students and other teachers such as school visits, workshops and as a panel judge, among others.
“I am honoured to be chosen by the Ministry of Education to receive the PCMA award, for recognising my 30 years of work as an educator,” said the teacher in an interview.
Hajah Noorliah was also a recipient of Brunei’s Excellent Teacher Award in 2018.
She added: “After receiving the PCMA award in 2019, I continue to dedicate my time and energy to the school community. With the US$10,000 cheque (from the award), I made several contributions to help our schools, students and parents such as school printers and internet data for parents to utilise for their children’s online learning during the pandemic.”
Furthermore, at the end of the presentation session from participating countries, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn lauded the teachers’ continuous effort and commitment to their own community after receiving the award.
The other two Bruneian teachers; the 2017 PMCA awardee Lim Soh Ngo and the 2015 PMCA awardee Hajah Ratnawati Haji Mohammad, resumed sharing session on the final day of the conference on Friday.
Also in attendance to witness the opening ceremony was Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the Ministry of Education Dr Shamsiah Zuraini Kanchanawati Haji Tajuddin, Thailand Ambassador to Brunei Wanthanee Viputwongsakul.
The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN