Technology and communications company Progresif recently launched its Donate Data campaign that will allow the public to contribute their data to ten local schools under the sponsorship of the company.

The campaign is part of a year-long partnership between Progresif and the Ministry of Education (MoE) dubbed “Progresif for Schools” which was established in September last year.

Progresif CEO Hjh Nurul Haniah Hj Jaafar (2nd L) with officials from Ministry of Education. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

“Exactly 140 days ago today, the MoE and Progresif came together for one simple reason,” said Progresif CEO Hjh Nurul Haniah Hj Jaafar during the campaign’s launch event on Tuesday held at the Progresif headquarters in Gadong.

“To begin a journey that we hope will have a meaningful, lasting and positive impact on the lives of students and teachers in our country,” she added.

Progresif CEO Hjh Nurul Haniah Hj Jaafar delivers her remarks at the launch of Donate Data programme. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

The Donate Data programme has already seen Progresif sponsor infrastructure to provide ten local schools with broadband internet and subsequently, with its launch, has established a channel for the public to donate data for students to connect to the worldwide web of online learning.

The first ten schools to become Progresif’s benefactors are Pusat Tingkatan Enam Sengkurong, Maktab Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah, Sekolah Menengah Rimba II, Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan, Pusat Tingkatan Enam Tutong, Sekolah Menengah Perdana Wazir, Pusat Tingkatan Enam Belait, Pusat Tingkatan Enam Meragang, Sekolah Menengah Sultan Sharif Ali and Sekolah Menengah Sultan Hassan.

Progresif CEO Hjh Nurul Haniah Hj Jaafar (L) with officials from Ministry of Education. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

“We believe that by providing the infrastructure for arguably the most important educational resource in this era – highspeed internet – and innovating simple ways for the community to contribute donations of data to the schools,” the CEO continued.

“In the information age of today, internet connectivity for education should be seen as a right, not a privilege, and Progresif feels compelled to help make that dream a reality,” she added.

Hjh Nurul Haniah went on to note that its commitment towards education is part and parcel with the notion that “everyone in our generation has a part to play in moving the needle forward for the next generation”.

The launch of Donate Data programme by Progresif. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

“It’s a concern that was highlighted by His Majesty the Sultan’s Wawasan 2035 as a key strategic objective in ensuring that Brunei reaches the heights we need, to create a future-ready youth, with the technical expertise and skills needed to compete on a global stage,” she went on to say. Through the ‘Donate Data’ platform, Progresif subscribers may simply SMS DA- TAEDU1/5/10/15/20/50/100 to 38222.

Meanwhile, non-Progresif subscribers may use Progresif PAY or BIBD Online (with Baiduri soon to follow) and know that their contribution is broadening the horizons of the nation’s youth.

The SMS line was officially launched by the Deputy Minister of Education, Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hjh Romaizah Hj Mohd Salleh and Progresif’s Deputy Chairman, Edzwan Zukri,

Progresif headquarters in Gadong. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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