Brunei Shell Petroleum Company (BSP) recently contributed 100 laptops to Ministry of Education as part of its advocacy on powering progress towards digital literacy.
The laptops are fully installed with the latest operating systems courtesy of the company’s business partner, DXC Technology Brunei, as part of their community contribution.
BSP aspires this contribution to not only benefit the students during this pandemic but also beyond and enhances the digital transformation in Brunei.
The global pandemic has been a game changer for the way we work and the way we live our everyday lives, said the company in a statement.
Education has also changed dramatically, with the distinctive rise of e-learning, whereby learning often takes place remotely and on digital platforms. In this uncertain environment, it’s important that learning continues, and that education is accessible to all, it added.
In her remarks, BSP Managing Director and Shell Country Chair in Brunei Agnete Johnsgaard-Lewis underlined that education is and has always been the main pillar of powering progress through BSP’s Social Investment programme.
“Being able to contribute to enable children stay connected will go beyond the pandemic. Through the contribution, we have the opportunity to allow everybody have access to their learning. This will be the pivot of digital literacy for many children across Brunei and towards achieving Wawasan Brunei 2035 to have an educated, highly skilled and accomplished workforce,” she said.
Sharing the same sentiment, BSP’s Acting Chief Information Officer Pengiran Idris Pengiran Sabtu said that it is hoped that the contribution can help ease the burden of the students and improve their access to learning.
“We wish the students the best of luck in their studies and to remain motivated and never give up even during these difficult times,” he added.
The company’s contribution of 100 laptops is part of the MOE’s Device Donation Campaign to raise 5000 devices for students, organised in collaboration with Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) and Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry (AITI) Brunei.
The drive is ongoing from 30 August 2021 to 30 September 2021.
Previously, BSP staff through the #BSPCares initiative, have contributed 30 tablets to students in need around the Belait District, as part of the Minda Prihatin COVID-19 Support Relief: Edulink – which is led by the local youth non-government organisation (NGO) Minda Youth Movement.
The handover ceremony was conducted virtually between, BSP Managing Director and Shell Country Chair in Brunei Agnete Johnsgaard-Lewis and Deputy Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah Haji Mohd Salleh.
Also present were Permanent Secretary (Core Education) Dr Shamsiah Zuraini Kanchanawati Haji Tajuddin, Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) Dr Haji Azman Bin Ahmad, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) Haji Muhammad Nazri Haji Muhammad Yusuf, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pengiran Haji Mohd Hasnan Pengiran Haji Ali Hassan, Deputy Permanent Secretaries, government officials, AITI and other contributors.
Also joining from BSP were Deputy Managing Director Haji Azmi Haji Mohd Hanifah and Corporate Manager Hj Jaafar Hj Awang Bakar.
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