Spreading kindness in schools and the community in Brunei

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, July 18 (Borneo Bulletin / ANN): International School Brunei (ISB) celebrated Kindness Week with a series of meaningful activities to encourage and inspire students to be more kind.

Kindness Week was led by five high school students who attended a three-day virtual conference of Kindness leaders hosted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Malaysia in February.

The conference was based on the premise that kindness and empathy hold the key to solving the world’s biggest problems.

At a time when hateful comments and divisive rhetoric seem to be on the rise, the conference was meant to empower young people to be leaders of kindness, to be kind and empathetic, and not to see these values ​​as weaknesses. , but as a sign of emotion forces.

Grade 12 Hazimah binti Erwan, Soo Jun Shan and Amanda Chiang, as well as Grade 10 Nina binti Bolkiah and Sarah Harvey joined over 150 participants from other Southeast Asian countries who have become leaders of kindness to their respective communities.

UNICEF Malaysia partnered with Projek Assalamualaikum to bring together 15 students from Brunei Darussalam to represent the country at the virtual conference, along with 10 others from the Hassanal Bolkiah Boys Arab Secondary School (SMALHB) and Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Girls Arabic Religious Secondary School (SUAMPRIPAHS).

ISB’s Kindness Leaders hosted Kindness Week with a different focus for each day – Stress Free Monday, Pro-Benevolence Tuesday, Awareness Wednesday, Sweet Thursday, and Friendship Friday – to inspire the community from the VSI towards the kindness movement not only in the classrooms but extended throughout the whole school and their families. The central idea was “kindness to others and to oneself”.

Leaders also traveled to ISB Seria to spread kindness among elementary school students by organizing activities promoting inclusion, celebrating differences and random acts of kindness.

Chiang said the conference had helped her make meaningful connections around the world and cultivate quality life skills.

“I thought I knew all about kindness, but this conference and the campaign gave me a better insight into kindness and how to be a leader of kindness to everyone. “

Hazimah said the kindness movement was life changing.

“It made me more aware of my actions towards others, and taking action to be an example to follow was something I could be proud of. I have met many inspiring people, and knowing that there are many people who are passionate about kindness all over the world makes me proud to join the community. – Borneo Bulletin / ANN

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