May 16, 2012

Brunei - JAPEM hosts seminar on parenting skills

THE Community Development Department (JAPEM) of the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports yesterday observed the International Day of Families by conducting a seminar on parenting skills which was attended by some 120 people.

With its theme, 'My Family My Aspirations', the seminar gave the participants opportunities to exchange views and share experiences on how to resolve family problems, mainly in dealing with children-related issues.

Gracing the event was His Royal Highness Prince Haji 'Abdul 'Azim who took time visiting each table where the participants had their discussions.

The seminar was facilitated by Ustaz Hj Mail Hj Besar and Ustazah Hjh Zunainah Hj Gunung from the Islamic Da'wah Centre. Both speakers discussed topics on parenting skills from the perspective of Islam.

They talked about issues pertaining to how the parents can shape their children moral development as many parents want to raise their children with good moral values.

Ustaz Hj Mail stressed the need of shaping the generation of pious Muslim and save the family members from punishment of Hell.

While Ustazah Hjh Zunainah called for the participants to fully understand their roles as parents. Following with the presentation, participants were divided into groups and they were given different topic to be resolved such as how to deal with raging child, child who lies and to calm an upset child.

Each representative from the group came forward and shared their answers to other participants.

Apart from honing parenting skills, the seminar also aimed to strengthen family institutions in the country, instil love and caring among the children.The event was officiated by Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah.

Also attending the event were Deputy Minister Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman, Permanent Secretary Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Hamid Hj Mohd Jaafar and Deputy Permanent Secretary Hj Ismail Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Setia Dato Paduka Hj Hashim and other senior officers from the ministry.

The Brunei Times

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