On Sunday 16th October 2011, Tinker Bell Learning School organised the annual United Nation’s Day, at the auditorium of the Sultan Sharif Ali Secondary School, Kpg Salambigar, Jalan Muara.
It was such a grand and colourful event where all the students have the oppurtinity to perform on stage infront of all the teachers and parents present, especially performing infront of the guest of honour Mr. John Robert Bartholomew the President and Advisor, Nor Alizulrainee bin Ali Yusop Education Officer at the Special Education Unit, Ministry of Education, Lidil Rahmah bte Abdullah the principal.
Such an event besides it being an annual project for the school with its yearly chosen theme, and with this years’s theme “Speak Up – Stop Discrimination”, it aims in creating awareness among students, teachers and especially parents to be acceptance among the needy and underpriviledged without discrimination.
The event begins with the singing of the National Anthem and the recital of the Doa Al-Fatihah led by Ak Wazien bin Pg Ya’akub. Before the performances commences, the principal Ms. Lidil Rahmah bte Abdullah gave an opening remarks. It then continues with beautiful performances from the students, such as the Masskara Dance from KG 2 students, a Modern Party Anthem from Yr 5 students, a parade of students on their chosen UN costumes and music dance presentation from Special Kids class, a Hawaiian Dance from KG 1, Brunei folk song dance from Yr 4, a Korean Dance from KG 3, Philippine Dance (Subli) from Yr 3 and song performance “You Raised Me Up” from Yr 2.
A guest speaker was invited to talk in relation to the theme and this year’s event is no exception. He was Nor Alizulrainee Ali Yusop Education Officer at the Special Education Unit, Ministry of Education, whose main role and responsibilities focuses on the provision of assistive technology services for, but not limited to blind and low vision students who are currently studying in mainstream schools in the Sultanate. He is affectionately known as Norali, lost his eyesight in 1998 at the age of 17 as a result of meningitis. When he recovered, he began his new life as a visually challenged individual.
In 2002, he represented Brunei in the APEC IT camp for youth and disability in Seoul, South Korea and was awarded 3rd in the Information Scearching Competition among other blind youths. In 2003, he became the 1st visually challenged undergraduate to be enrolled at UBD undertaking a Public Policy & Administration where he graduated top of his class in 2007 with 2nd upper class honours degree and was presented with four book prize awards, four years in a row for achieving the highest overall grade in his undergraduate programme in every academic year and recently was awarded the prestegious silver medal award by UBD for academic excellence. Between 2005 – 2008 he was SCB bank’s spokesperson and local ambassador for their “Seeing Is Believing” global community initiative. He was Vice President for the Brunei Darussalam National Association of the Blind. In 2008, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei awarded him the prestigious Belia ICT Award during the Youth Day for the contributions in promoting awareness on assistive technology for the benefit of our visually challenged community.
The event ended with a closing performance with group singing “We are the World” and “It’s a small world”.Tags: Sultan Sharif Ali Secondary School, Tinker Bell Learning School