Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof receiving a donation of 54 laptops from Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Brunei Methanol Company Sdn Bhd, Sharidatul Maryani Hj Md Saidin at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) and Ministry of Education (MOE) received a donation of 54 laptops from Brunei Methanol Company (BMC) to support online learning for students in need of ICT devices.

The donation was given to Minister of Transport and Infocommunications YB Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof by Deputy Chief Executive Officer of BMC Sharidatul Maryani Hj Md Saidin in a ceremony that took place at MTIC building.

The devices were then handed over to MOE’s Permanent Secretary (Core Education) Dr. Shamsiah Zuraini Kanchanawati Haji Tajuddin.

Moreover, the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry (AITI) will be cooperating with MoE to make sure devices go to the students who need them the most.

Minister of Transport and Infocommunications YB Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof presenting the donation of 54 laptops Permanent Secretary (Core Education) of the Ministry of Education Dr Shamsiah Zuraini Kanchanawati Hj Tajuddin at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

In addition, MTIC has also received some 41 laptops from various ministries and departments have given to education ministry for students.

Since March 30, the education ministry had implemented nationwide online learning until May 14 to students in primary and secondary schools, higher learning institutions and universities.

According to a previous statement from MoE, there are currently 52,000 students attending government schools from primary to sixth form level.

To help bridge that digital divide for online learning, the public, private sectors and non-government organisations (NGOs) are called upon to join efforts in donating new or used computers, laptops and tablets to provide equal and continuous learning opportunities to all students.

Minister of Transport and Infocommunications YB Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof (front, 3rd L) in a group photo with representatives from MoE and BMC along with officials at MTIC. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The donation drive to collect ICT devices to support online learning for students in need will be open until May 14.

Donations can be dropped off at Block A, IBTE Sultan Saiful Rijal Campus, Jalan Muara or IBTE Jefri Bolkiah Campus, Kuala Belait.

Donations can be sent from Mondays to Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:30 am to 12pm and from 2pm to 4pm, except on public holidays.

During the fasting month of Ramadhan, donations will be received from 8:30am to 1:30pm on the same days.

For more information, please contact 736 2955 / 741 0106 / 741 0107 / 741 0108 (office hours only) or email to info@aiti.gov.bn

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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