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The use of sexual violence in war is one of the great injustices of our lifetime.  It is hard to document, let alone investigate.  Perpetrators do not discriminate, because it’s not about sex, but violence, terror, power and control.  When rape is committed during conflict, it has often been seen as an inevitable part of [...]

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The use of sexual violence in war is one of the great injustices of our lifetime.  It is hard to document, let alone investigate.  Perpetrators do not discriminate, because it’s not about sex, but violence, terror, power and control.  When rape is committed during conflict, it has often been seen as an inevitable part of war, and so it has been allowed to go unpunished.

But even war has rules.  So just as the world could agree that land mines have no place on the battlefield, the world must agree to end sexual violence in conflict.

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In London between 10-13 June, the UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague, and UN Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie, will co-host the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Over 150 countries, including Brunei Darussalam, have now supported the UN General assembly Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Representatives of governments, civil society, the military and the judiciary will all take part in the London Summit.  So too will the public.

Events will also take place around the world, including in Bandar Seri Begawan.  Representatives of Brunei will be asked to commit to concrete action that will help remove wartime rape and sexual violence from the world’s arsenal of cruelty.  Brunei can bring particular influence to bear through its longstanding and highly valued participation in United Nations peacekeeping missions.

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It will be a Summit like no other, because sexual violence is a crime like no other.  Women and men are made to suffer its horrors in conflicts around the world, and shocking as it may seem, many victims are very young girls and boys. Sexual violence carries a corrosive after-effect that lasts a lifetime: an unjust and destructive shame for the victims and their families.

But we firmly believe that this can – and must – change.

The appalling truth is that only a tiny number of perpetrators of these crimes have ever been brought to trial, let alone convicted.   That is why at the Summit we will launch the first International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict.  This will be a practical tool to help improve accountability. The Protocol will help investigators preserve information and evidence in the aftermath of an attack, improve the chances of someone being successfully prosecuted later, and protect victims and survivors from further trauma.

At the Summit this week, we want governments to announce their support for the Protocol and to encourage local activists, lawyers, police personnel, and doctors to use it. We also want governments to make sure that their national laws on rape and sexual violence are in line with international standards, so that there’s a greater chance of securing successful prosecutions for war crimes in their own courts.  The Summit will also look at the role that the military can play.  When sexual violence occurs in conflict zones, soldiers are often the first people on the scene, but are not always properly equipped or trained to deal with this sensitive problem.  This needs to change.  And Armies are often responsible for carrying out these abhorrent acts.  This must stop.  Finally, we hope the governments of the world’s wealthiest nations will announce new funding support, including to local grass-roots organisations which often work at the heart of the most affected communities.

But government action alone is not enough.  We need every family and community to change the culture that stigmatises survivors and to be united in their abhorrence for these crimes, so that any man with a gun will think twice before ordering or committing rape.  Will you add your voice to the global call for decisive action? You can join the conversation on twitter @end_svc using #TimeToAct.

It is time to support survivors, shatter the culture of impunity and ensure that justice is done, both now and in the future.  It is #TimeToAct.

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The use of sexual violence in war is one of the great injustices of our lifetime.  It is hard to document, let alone investigate.  Perpetrators do not discriminate, because it’s not about sex, but violence, terror, power and control.  When rape is committed during conflict, it has often been seen as an inevitable part of war, and so it has been allowed to go unpunished.

But even war has rules.  So just as the world could agree that land mines have no place on the battlefield, the world must agree to end sexual violence in conflict.

BRITAIN/

In London between 10-13 June, the UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague, and UN Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie, will co-host the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Over 150 countries, including Brunei Darussalam, have now supported the UN General assembly Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Representatives of governments, civil society, the military and the judiciary will all take part in the London Summit.  So too will the public.

Events will also take place around the world, including in Bandar Seri Begawan.  Representatives of Brunei will be asked to commit to concrete action that will help remove wartime rape and sexual violence from the world’s arsenal of cruelty.  Brunei can bring particular influence to bear through its longstanding and highly valued participation in United Nations peacekeeping missions.

s465_ESVIC-Global-_-London_960x6

It will be a Summit like no other, because sexual violence is a crime like no other.  Women and men are made to suffer its horrors in conflicts around the world, and shocking as it may seem, many victims are very young girls and boys. Sexual violence carries a corrosive after-effect that lasts a lifetime: an unjust and destructive shame for the victims and their families.

But we firmly believe that this can – and must – change.

The appalling truth is that only a tiny number of perpetrators of these crimes have ever been brought to trial, let alone convicted.   That is why at the Summit we will launch the first International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict.  This will be a practical tool to help improve accountability. The Protocol will help investigators preserve information and evidence in the aftermath of an attack, improve the chances of someone being successfully prosecuted later, and protect victims and survivors from further trauma.

At the Summit this week, we want governments to announce their support for the Protocol and to encourage local activists, lawyers, police personnel, and doctors to use it. We also want governments to make sure that their national laws on rape and sexual violence are in line with international standards, so that there’s a greater chance of securing successful prosecutions for war crimes in their own courts.  The Summit will also look at the role that the military can play.  When sexual violence occurs in conflict zones, soldiers are often the first people on the scene, but are not always properly equipped or trained to deal with this sensitive problem.  This needs to change.  And Armies are often responsible for carrying out these abhorrent acts.  This must stop.  Finally, we hope the governments of the world’s wealthiest nations will announce new funding support, including to local grass-roots organisations which often work at the heart of the most affected communities.

But government action alone is not enough.  We need every family and community to change the culture that stigmatises survivors and to be united in their abhorrence for these crimes, so that any man with a gun will think twice before ordering or committing rape.  Will you add your voice to the global call for decisive action? You can join the conversation on twitter @end_svc using #TimeToAct.

It is time to support survivors, shatter the culture of impunity and ensure that justice is done, both now and in the future.  It is #TimeToAct.

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(L – R) Ruth Garnet Maran, Nor Alizulrainee Ali Yusop, Abdul Matiin Kasim and Francisco Borquez Electorat after finishing the race On Sunday 14 July 2013, two Chevening scholars from Brunei, Nor Alizulrainee Ali Yusop and Abdul Matiin Kasim, completed the British 10K London Run. The British 10K London Run took place in the heart [...]

(L – R) Ruth Garnet Maran, Nor Alizulrainee Ali Yusop, Abdul Matiin Kasim and Francisco Borquez Electorat after finishing the race
(L – R) Ruth Garnet Maran, Nor Alizulrainee Ali Yusop, Abdul Matiin Kasim and Francisco Borquez Electorat after finishing the race

On Sunday 14 July 2013, two Chevening scholars from Brunei, Nor Alizulrainee Ali Yusop and Abdul Matiin Kasim, completed the British 10K London Run. The British 10K London Run took place in the heart of central London with its route passing many of the capital’s truly world class historic landmarks.

Starting on Piccadilly outside The Guards & Calvary Club, runners passed the new WW2 Bomber Command Memorial which was unveiled by HM Queen Elizabeth 11 in June 2012, two weeks prior to The British 10k London Run in Diamond Jubilee Olympic year with Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner as backdrop.

Runners also passed The Ritz, St. James’s Palace, Trafalgar Square, the magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral, the unique London Eye, the world’s most famous clock Big Ben, the British Houses of Parliament, the historic Westminster Abbey before finishing on Whitehall (the portal of British Government) at the junction of Royal Horse Guards and Banqueting House after passing Downing Street  (the official London residence of British Prime Ministers) and The Cenotaph, the national memorial to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Nor Ali and Matiin ran the British 10K, alongside two other Chevening scholars Ruth Garnet Maran and Francisco Borquez Electorat, for a charity called ‘SOS Children: Sponsor a Child’, a UK based charity aimed at looking after and caring for children who have lost their parents through war, famine, disease or poverty.

Nor Ali said, “Participating in the British 10K London Run was truly an amazing experience! As an avid marathon runner myself, I feel blessed to be a part of this prestigious event, as well as fortunate to be able to run for the very first time across one of the world’s greatest route through the heart of the City of Westminster and the City of London. Despite the summer heat and the challenge of running alongside 30,000 runners, it still felt great knowing that we were raising funds for the benefit of SOS Children together in a team. It really made it a worthwhile experience for me and for three other Chevening scholars. I’m definitely going to cherish these moments, and I’m glad that I was able to use my time here to help SOS Children make a bigger difference in the lives of underprivileged children under their care.”

Our two boys running
Our two boys running

Matiin said, “’The British 10K experience was rewarding and exhilarating! The run is a popular summer event held in the beautiful city of London. Our Chevening team was lucky enough to be a part of this and why I say this is rewarding for me is because it gave me the chance to be run for a charitable cause: the SOS Children Charity which supports  children in need through education and improving their livelihoods. I ran alongside my fellow Chevening scholar, Norali, and two other Chevening scholars. We started our run at the Wellington Arch, passed the Piccadilly area, along the Embankment and River Thames overlooking the London eye and making a u-turn to the Parliament Building and Westminster Abbey to the finishing line! Overall, a great running experience with glimpses of the stunning London monuments and landmarks along the way.”

(L – R) Ruth Garnet Maran, Nor Alizulrainee Ali Yusop, Abdul Matiin Kasim and Francisco Borquez Electorat after finishing the race
(L – R) Ruth Garnet Maran, Nor Alizulrainee Ali Yusop, Abdul Matiin Kasim and Francisco Borquez Electorat after finishing the race

On Sunday 14 July 2013, two Chevening scholars from Brunei, Nor Alizulrainee Ali Yusop and Abdul Matiin Kasim, completed the British 10K London Run. The British 10K London Run took place in the heart of central London with its route passing many of the capital’s truly world class historic landmarks.

Starting on Piccadilly outside The Guards & Calvary Club, runners passed the new WW2 Bomber Command Memorial which was unveiled by HM Queen Elizabeth 11 in June 2012, two weeks prior to The British 10k London Run in Diamond Jubilee Olympic year with Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner as backdrop.

Runners also passed The Ritz, St. James’s Palace, Trafalgar Square, the magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral, the unique London Eye, the world’s most famous clock Big Ben, the British Houses of Parliament, the historic Westminster Abbey before finishing on Whitehall (the portal of British Government) at the junction of Royal Horse Guards and Banqueting House after passing Downing Street  (the official London residence of British Prime Ministers) and The Cenotaph, the national memorial to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Nor Ali and Matiin ran the British 10K, alongside two other Chevening scholars Ruth Garnet Maran and Francisco Borquez Electorat, for a charity called ‘SOS Children: Sponsor a Child’, a UK based charity aimed at looking after and caring for children who have lost their parents through war, famine, disease or poverty.

Nor Ali said, “Participating in the British 10K London Run was truly an amazing experience! As an avid marathon runner myself, I feel blessed to be a part of this prestigious event, as well as fortunate to be able to run for the very first time across one of the world’s greatest route through the heart of the City of Westminster and the City of London. Despite the summer heat and the challenge of running alongside 30,000 runners, it still felt great knowing that we were raising funds for the benefit of SOS Children together in a team. It really made it a worthwhile experience for me and for three other Chevening scholars. I’m definitely going to cherish these moments, and I’m glad that I was able to use my time here to help SOS Children make a bigger difference in the lives of underprivileged children under their care.”

Our two boys running
Our two boys running

Matiin said, “’The British 10K experience was rewarding and exhilarating! The run is a popular summer event held in the beautiful city of London. Our Chevening team was lucky enough to be a part of this and why I say this is rewarding for me is because it gave me the chance to be run for a charitable cause: the SOS Children Charity which supports  children in need through education and improving their livelihoods. I ran alongside my fellow Chevening scholar, Norali, and two other Chevening scholars. We started our run at the Wellington Arch, passed the Piccadilly area, along the Embankment and River Thames overlooking the London eye and making a u-turn to the Parliament Building and Westminster Abbey to the finishing line! Overall, a great running experience with glimpses of the stunning London monuments and landmarks along the way.”

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Chevening Scholar Norali Wrote…

Looks like it’s my turn this year to share my personal experience as a Chevening scholar! As you read on, you’ll notice it’s going to be slightly different because you’ll be reading from the unique point of view of a scholar who happens to be visually impaired. Though this is round two for me in [...]

Inside FCO London

Looks like it’s my turn this year to share my personal experience as a Chevening scholar! As you read on, you’ll notice it’s going to be slightly different because you’ll be reading from the unique point of view of a scholar who happens to be visually impaired.

Though this is round two for me in the UK, it is still my first time studying in central London. So far all I can say is that it’s definitely a big change from the peace and tranquillity of Exeter University where I spent a year doing my in-service PGCE course back in 2010. This time round I chose King’s College London, where I’m currently taking a one year full-time Masters course in Inclusive Education and Technology.

A Taste of City Life

Arriving in London just a few days before the start of my course was rather hectic but exhilarating nonetheless. Sure I was exhausted after the 16 hour flight but the hustle and bustle of city life was more than enough to wake me despite being jet lagged. Everything just seemed new and exciting and the apparent cultural differences of this super diverse city were so overwhelming! Just imagine finding every language and culture, and I do mean every nationality of the world in one huge busy concrete jungle!

At London Eye
Me and Big Ben
walking Tour at St. James Park

Mobility & Independence Training

Within a week I managed to settle into my cosy flat apartment in Bayswater, which by chance happened to be a minute’s walking distance to both Bayswater and Queensway tube stations. To get to King’s, all I had to do was walk straight to either one, which might have been easier if I still had my sight. Fortunately, the Chevening secretariat had already considered this and so arranged for an orientation and mobility instructor to get me started.

The weekly mobility training sessions commenced almost immediately, covering the basic route to the nearest tube with much of the training taking place underground. All stations have a VIP (Visually Impaired Person) service that provides assistance to get on and off the train – but not to accompany you whilst on the train. Just show up at the ticket floor and a gracious member of staff will always be there to lend a helping hand.

waiting for the train at Bond Street

I remember my first time travelling alone on the tube. It was my first taste of independence after all the training and the realisation of being unaccompanied by my instructor was a frightening one. Sure my father was around but he was advised against interfering with the set programme – except for taking candid pictures while hiding in the background. So it forced me to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. But as the nerves slowly started to slip away I found myself gaining the courage and the confidence, and I knew then that I could do anything in the world if I just took the time to move out of my comfort zone. By mid-October, I was moving back and forth to KCL and other key places on my own. And now the tube has become my own personal playground!

Life at King’s College

My MA course officially started on the third week of September. At first I was overwhelmed by the amount of critical reading we had to do but after a while I developed a good routine and even made friends with other international students. So far the course has been insightful and I was initially dumbfounded with how little I knew about the subject of e-inclusion. But this is exactly why scholars travel abroad- to grow and learn and think outside the box.

With regards to my unique learning needs, the support I received at KCL has been nothing short of amazing. Here inclusion wasn’t just lip service – a culture of accessibility was evidently seen as the norm rather than an afterthought. All my core readings and hand-outs for instance were provided as needed, and in a format that I could easily access.

To make full use of KCL’s wealth of academic resources, assistive technology rooms equipped with high-tech equipment’s were readily set up in the library to level the playing field for students like myself. Support workers were allocated if or when I needed sighted assistance during field work or in class. My lecturers are delightful to work with and are always willing to make adaptations to their teaching styles. Even my all-ladies course mates did their part by rallying each other around to wait for me at the Waterloo tube station so we could walk together onto campus.

Surviving and Thriving

Though studying is my main priority, the Chevening experience isn’t just about cramming tonnes of theories and ideas into my head. Being in central London, there is obviously so much I can do and learn beyond what is given in my reading list.

As soon as I had settled in, I set out to join the KCL running club. By then winter was close approaching so I needed to burn that extra belly blubber. Despite being blind, and my apparently bulging mid-section, the club was still enthusiastic about having me on board! As if that wasn’t enough, I even joined the local gym at Bayswater which was a convenient 5 mins walk from my flat. Sure registration was easy, but when it came to showing up for the sessions, procrastinating took over immediately!

Meet the KCL & UCL running club

Looking around, inclusive practices weren’t just limited to university life and the underground tube. The city environment is reconditioned with accessibility in mind. Conveniently, walkways have tactile markings on the ground to guide and enable mobility for the blind. Access ramps for wheelchairs are everywhere and not outrageously placed behind buildings anymore. In the cinema, certain movies would be audio described and I especially loved it when I found out that my Sky box at home offered the same feature for no extra charge!

My personal favourite was the touch tours at the British Museum where I was encouraged to literally trace my fingers all over the ancient Egyptian artefacts. Even logging on to internet banking became an easy experience because, unlike back home, the bank provided me with a talking security key!

Reflecting back, the past few months has certainly changed me in more ways than I thought possible. One thing for sure is that I’ll never again complain about the humid heat back home! I still have a long way to go but I think it’s safe to say that my brief time here has opened my mind to new perspectives on what it really means to be an inclusive society.

With two other Malaysian chevening scholars
At the United Nations, Geneva

Clearly, living in the city has opened up more doors for me. I feel more empowered here and I believe that it’s this society’s positive interpretation of diversity that has made social inclusion for me a reality. By no means is it perfect but it’s what I’ll take away from my experiences here that will hopefully encourage me to one day embark on initiatives that will make a positive difference in the lives of our differently able community back home.

Like many things in life, I’m glad I went all the way for the Chevening scholarship. My heartfelt gratitude goes out especially to the members of the Chevening committee at the British High Commission in Brunei for presenting me with this prestigious scholarship award. Special thanks also goes to my Head and Deputy Head at the Special Education Unit, Ministry of Education for their continuous support and unfaltering faith in my work. Last but not least, my utmost gratitude to my loving parents and family for always encouraging me to pursue my dreams despite the odds and challenges ahead.

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Inside FCO London

Looks like it’s my turn this year to share my personal experience as a Chevening scholar! As you read on, you’ll notice it’s going to be slightly different because you’ll be reading from the unique point of view of a scholar who happens to be visually impaired.

Though this is round two for me in the UK, it is still my first time studying in central London. So far all I can say is that it’s definitely a big change from the peace and tranquillity of Exeter University where I spent a year doing my in-service PGCE course back in 2010. This time round I chose King’s College London, where I’m currently taking a one year full-time Masters course in Inclusive Education and Technology.

A Taste of City Life

Arriving in London just a few days before the start of my course was rather hectic but exhilarating nonetheless. Sure I was exhausted after the 16 hour flight but the hustle and bustle of city life was more than enough to wake me despite being jet lagged. Everything just seemed new and exciting and the apparent cultural differences of this super diverse city were so overwhelming! Just imagine finding every language and culture, and I do mean every nationality of the world in one huge busy concrete jungle!

At London Eye
Me and Big Ben
walking Tour at St. James Park

Mobility & Independence Training

Within a week I managed to settle into my cosy flat apartment in Bayswater, which by chance happened to be a minute’s walking distance to both Bayswater and Queensway tube stations. To get to King’s, all I had to do was walk straight to either one, which might have been easier if I still had my sight. Fortunately, the Chevening secretariat had already considered this and so arranged for an orientation and mobility instructor to get me started.

The weekly mobility training sessions commenced almost immediately, covering the basic route to the nearest tube with much of the training taking place underground. All stations have a VIP (Visually Impaired Person) service that provides assistance to get on and off the train – but not to accompany you whilst on the train. Just show up at the ticket floor and a gracious member of staff will always be there to lend a helping hand.

waiting for the train at Bond Street

I remember my first time travelling alone on the tube. It was my first taste of independence after all the training and the realisation of being unaccompanied by my instructor was a frightening one. Sure my father was around but he was advised against interfering with the set programme – except for taking candid pictures while hiding in the background. So it forced me to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. But as the nerves slowly started to slip away I found myself gaining the courage and the confidence, and I knew then that I could do anything in the world if I just took the time to move out of my comfort zone. By mid-October, I was moving back and forth to KCL and other key places on my own. And now the tube has become my own personal playground!

Life at King’s College

My MA course officially started on the third week of September. At first I was overwhelmed by the amount of critical reading we had to do but after a while I developed a good routine and even made friends with other international students. So far the course has been insightful and I was initially dumbfounded with how little I knew about the subject of e-inclusion. But this is exactly why scholars travel abroad- to grow and learn and think outside the box.

With regards to my unique learning needs, the support I received at KCL has been nothing short of amazing. Here inclusion wasn’t just lip service – a culture of accessibility was evidently seen as the norm rather than an afterthought. All my core readings and hand-outs for instance were provided as needed, and in a format that I could easily access.

To make full use of KCL’s wealth of academic resources, assistive technology rooms equipped with high-tech equipment’s were readily set up in the library to level the playing field for students like myself. Support workers were allocated if or when I needed sighted assistance during field work or in class. My lecturers are delightful to work with and are always willing to make adaptations to their teaching styles. Even my all-ladies course mates did their part by rallying each other around to wait for me at the Waterloo tube station so we could walk together onto campus.

Surviving and Thriving

Though studying is my main priority, the Chevening experience isn’t just about cramming tonnes of theories and ideas into my head. Being in central London, there is obviously so much I can do and learn beyond what is given in my reading list.

As soon as I had settled in, I set out to join the KCL running club. By then winter was close approaching so I needed to burn that extra belly blubber. Despite being blind, and my apparently bulging mid-section, the club was still enthusiastic about having me on board! As if that wasn’t enough, I even joined the local gym at Bayswater which was a convenient 5 mins walk from my flat. Sure registration was easy, but when it came to showing up for the sessions, procrastinating took over immediately!

Meet the KCL & UCL running club

Looking around, inclusive practices weren’t just limited to university life and the underground tube. The city environment is reconditioned with accessibility in mind. Conveniently, walkways have tactile markings on the ground to guide and enable mobility for the blind. Access ramps for wheelchairs are everywhere and not outrageously placed behind buildings anymore. In the cinema, certain movies would be audio described and I especially loved it when I found out that my Sky box at home offered the same feature for no extra charge!

My personal favourite was the touch tours at the British Museum where I was encouraged to literally trace my fingers all over the ancient Egyptian artefacts. Even logging on to internet banking became an easy experience because, unlike back home, the bank provided me with a talking security key!

Reflecting back, the past few months has certainly changed me in more ways than I thought possible. One thing for sure is that I’ll never again complain about the humid heat back home! I still have a long way to go but I think it’s safe to say that my brief time here has opened my mind to new perspectives on what it really means to be an inclusive society.

With two other Malaysian chevening scholars
At the United Nations, Geneva

Clearly, living in the city has opened up more doors for me. I feel more empowered here and I believe that it’s this society’s positive interpretation of diversity that has made social inclusion for me a reality. By no means is it perfect but it’s what I’ll take away from my experiences here that will hopefully encourage me to one day embark on initiatives that will make a positive difference in the lives of our differently able community back home.

Like many things in life, I’m glad I went all the way for the Chevening scholarship. My heartfelt gratitude goes out especially to the members of the Chevening committee at the British High Commission in Brunei for presenting me with this prestigious scholarship award. Special thanks also goes to my Head and Deputy Head at the Special Education Unit, Ministry of Education for their continuous support and unfaltering faith in my work. Last but not least, my utmost gratitude to my loving parents and family for always encouraging me to pursue my dreams despite the odds and challenges ahead.

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An audience of 4,000, amongst them proud parents and family members of students from Seri Mulia Sarjana School (SMSS), witnessed the adaptation of Walt Disney’s 1953 cartoon classic, Peter Pan The Musical. The three-hour evening spectacle was held in conjunction with the school’s 20th anniversary celebration at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre. The well-known and much [...]

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An audience of 4,000, amongst them proud parents and family members of students from Seri Mulia Sarjana School (SMSS), witnessed the adaptation of Walt Disney’s 1953 cartoon classic, Peter Pan The Musical.

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The three-hour evening spectacle was held in conjunction with the school’s 20th anniversary celebration at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre.

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The well-known and much anticipated musical is very famous around the world and is popular for its characters – Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael, Captain Hook and his sidekick Smee, Tiger Lily, the Lost Boys, pirates and of course TinkerBell.

Arranged with Samuel French and International Theatre and Music (IT&M London), this school production saw the largest audience the school has ever had for a show, said the organisers.

The cast “flew” to Neverland with the help of flying specialist from USA, Fly by Foy and internationally renowned flying specialist who has worked with hundreds of Hollywood and international stars and won prestigious awards.

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Peter Pan – The British Musical showcased the talents of students of SMSS and Seri Mulia Sarjana International School.

The show donated $18,000 to Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Fund for Orphans (DANA) and was accepted by the guest of honour of the night, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman.

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Proceeds from the Peter Pan copyright will also go to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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An audience of 4,000, amongst them proud parents and family members of students from Seri Mulia Sarjana School (SMSS), witnessed the adaptation of Walt Disney’s 1953 cartoon classic, Peter Pan The Musical.

07-DSC_3773

The three-hour evening spectacle was held in conjunction with the school’s 20th anniversary celebration at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre.

12-DSC_3876

The well-known and much anticipated musical is very famous around the world and is popular for its characters – Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael, Captain Hook and his sidekick Smee, Tiger Lily, the Lost Boys, pirates and of course TinkerBell.

Arranged with Samuel French and International Theatre and Music (IT&M London), this school production saw the largest audience the school has ever had for a show, said the organisers.

The cast “flew” to Neverland with the help of flying specialist from USA, Fly by Foy and internationally renowned flying specialist who has worked with hundreds of Hollywood and international stars and won prestigious awards.

13-DSC_3901

06-DSC_3766

Peter Pan – The British Musical showcased the talents of students of SMSS and Seri Mulia Sarjana International School.

The show donated $18,000 to Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Fund for Orphans (DANA) and was accepted by the guest of honour of the night, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman.

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Proceeds from the Peter Pan copyright will also go to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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Chevening So Far…

This article appeared in the Brunei Times today. Here’s the “director’s cut” if you will heheh ;) I’d like to express my thanks to all at FCO, BHC and British Council for all the help and support thus far! It has been over a year but it feels like just yesterday that I applied for [...]

This article appeared in the Brunei Times today. Here’s the “director’s cut” if you will heheh 😉 I’d like to express my thanks to all at FCO, BHC and British Council for all the help and support thus far!

It has been over a year but it feels like just yesterday that I applied for the Chevening Scholarship using the online application form. The thing I remember most vividly was writing the personal statement. This is what I wrote:

“As a new media & communications professional with a sociology background, I am immensely interested in the way new media and the internet have shaped profound changes in society. The way we interact with one another, be it at home, at work, or at a wider, global level, has changed with the advent of the internet and the web 2.0, and currently, the web 3.0 phenomenon. The changes are brought about at a speed unheard of before this time. Never before has an understanding of the internet and new media been more important.

In Brunei Darussalam, there is a current shortage of people with new media experience especially from a government perspective. The broadcasting portfolio, which includes new media, has recently been taken on by the Ministry of Communications, and although there may be plenty of experience in the traditional broadcasting space, I believe there is a dire need for help in the new media component of this portfolio.

By undergoing this MA course, I hope to be able to track and study these changes from a Bruneian perspective and help my country’s government and relevant agencies foresee what the trends will bring about and prepare ourselves more adequately for whatever changes these trends may bring about, particularly the negative ones. I intend to set up an Advisory Council on the Impact of New Media on Society to advise the government accordingly.

In looking for a suitable course, I was drawn to University of Leicester‘s MA in New Media and Society, particularly because of the title, which seemed very focused on my area of interest.”

Here’s what it says in the prospectus: “The MA New Media and Society course is a one-year full time taught course. It aims to provide students with a critical knowledge of the historical development and key paradigm shifts in the study of media, culture and communication and with a comprehensive grounding in the theories and research necessary for studying, analysing, and understanding media and communication processes in both national and global contexts. The course provides extensive training in communication research, methodology and theory.”

Fast forward to 20th September 2009, the last day of Ramadhan, after the final sungkai for Ramadhan this year, I was at the airport, bound for UK. To say this was a sad occasion is an understatement! Ushering in Aidil Fitri on a plane is something I have not done in a very long time.

At the airport

At the airport before departure 🙁

The 18 hour flight to London was an uneventful one broken only by a short equally uneventful stop in Dubai.

On arriving in London Heathrow, I was pleasantly surprised that there was a representative from the British Council waiting for me with a card bearing my name on it. He was there to make sure I collected my advance stipend from the right Travellex branch and to make sure I had transport to Leicester. After collecting the stipend, I then told the gentleman that I had a coach from the University waiting to take me to Leicester. I thanked him and bade him farewell.

There were over 140 other students arriving at Heathrow on that morning, all bound for Leicester! And the next 3 hours were spent waiting for all groups to arrive. During the wait, friendships were made and numbers exchanged.

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My new friend Susanna from Germany enjoying a sandwich during the pitstop

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This article appeared in the Brunei Times today. Here’s the “director’s cut” if you will heheh 😉 I’d like to express my thanks to all at FCO, BHC and British Council for all the help and support thus far!

It has been over a year but it feels like just yesterday that I applied for the Chevening Scholarship using the online application form. The thing I remember most vividly was writing the personal statement. This is what I wrote:

“As a new media & communications professional with a sociology background, I am immensely interested in the way new media and the internet have shaped profound changes in society. The way we interact with one another, be it at home, at work, or at a wider, global level, has changed with the advent of the internet and the web 2.0, and currently, the web 3.0 phenomenon. The changes are brought about at a speed unheard of before this time. Never before has an understanding of the internet and new media been more important.

In Brunei Darussalam, there is a current shortage of people with new media experience especially from a government perspective. The broadcasting portfolio, which includes new media, has recently been taken on by the Ministry of Communications, and although there may be plenty of experience in the traditional broadcasting space, I believe there is a dire need for help in the new media component of this portfolio.

By undergoing this MA course, I hope to be able to track and study these changes from a Bruneian perspective and help my country’s government and relevant agencies foresee what the trends will bring about and prepare ourselves more adequately for whatever changes these trends may bring about, particularly the negative ones. I intend to set up an Advisory Council on the Impact of New Media on Society to advise the government accordingly.

In looking for a suitable course, I was drawn to University of Leicester‘s MA in New Media and Society, particularly because of the title, which seemed very focused on my area of interest.”

Here’s what it says in the prospectus: “The MA New Media and Society course is a one-year full time taught course. It aims to provide students with a critical knowledge of the historical development and key paradigm shifts in the study of media, culture and communication and with a comprehensive grounding in the theories and research necessary for studying, analysing, and understanding media and communication processes in both national and global contexts. The course provides extensive training in communication research, methodology and theory.”

Fast forward to 20th September 2009, the last day of Ramadhan, after the final sungkai for Ramadhan this year, I was at the airport, bound for UK. To say this was a sad occasion is an understatement! Ushering in Aidil Fitri on a plane is something I have not done in a very long time.

At the airport

At the airport before departure 🙁

The 18 hour flight to London was an uneventful one broken only by a short equally uneventful stop in Dubai.

On arriving in London Heathrow, I was pleasantly surprised that there was a representative from the British Council waiting for me with a card bearing my name on it. He was there to make sure I collected my advance stipend from the right Travellex branch and to make sure I had transport to Leicester. After collecting the stipend, I then told the gentleman that I had a coach from the University waiting to take me to Leicester. I thanked him and bade him farewell.

There were over 140 other students arriving at Heathrow on that morning, all bound for Leicester! And the next 3 hours were spent waiting for all groups to arrive. During the wait, friendships were made and numbers exchanged.

4252340933_4b3d53cd46_o

My new friend Susanna from Germany enjoying a sandwich during the pitstop

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