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BIBD ALAF students receive sponsorship from Progresif (2020)


BIBD Chief Marketing Officer Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Mohd Jaafar receives Progresif’s sponsorship from Progresif Head of Branding Strategy Hafiza binti Haji Mohamad. PHOTO: BIBD


Forty-one Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future (ALAF) students on Wednesday received sponsorship from Progresif in the form of mobile broadband dongles and three months’ worth of broadband connectivity.

The sponsorships were distributed to BIBD ALAF students who will be sitting for examinations such as the GCE ‘A’ Level, GCE ‘O’ Level, Brunei Religious Education Certificate (SPUB) and the Primary School Assessment Exam (PSR).

With all schools in Brunei Darussalam transitioning to online learning or virtual school in view of COVID-19, it was important for BIBD to ensure that the bright but underprivileged students were not left behind. The provision of broadband connectivity would enable these students to access online teaching materials and video conferencing sessions with teachers. Progresif Head of Brand Strategy Hafiza binti Haji Mohamad said, “We are more than happy to contribute to such a worthy initiative. Last year we launched the Progresif 1% Pledge, a campaign to give one per cent of every dollar we earn to supporting our corporate social responsibility (CSR) pillars, of which education is an important one.”

BIBD Chief Marketing Officer Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Mohd Jaafar said, “During these unprecedented and difficult times, BIBD is committed to taking a Whole-of-Nation approach to ensure that the underprivileged and vulnerable are taken care of. We are proud to work with a partner such as Progresif. Their contribution today reflects their continuous commitment to promoting connectivity and educational access to all Bruneians.”

The BIBD ALAF programme currently supports 240 students, with 41 of them due to sit for major examinations in the current academic year. The programme is the only one of its kind in the country that supports the life-long learning aspirations of its students, providing both financial and holistic academic support. One of the objectives of the BIBD ALAF programme is to ensure that talented but underprivileged students are not limited by their financial circumstances, therefore students are also selected from a family background with a monthly household income level of not more than BND500.

The programme is kept sustainable by the collaborative efforts of both the private and public sector, which includes BIBD’s own charity expeditions, contributions from corporate agencies as well as the public.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin


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