Brunei royalty visit Islamic-based enrichment centre for children

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - PAZ Tarbiyyah, a pioneering Islamic-based educational enrichment centre for children, yesterday received royal guests at its newly-opened premises in Kampong Delima Satu.

Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah, who is also the benefactor for the centre, was welcomed on her arrival by Dr Hajah Mona Yati binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Mohd Kassim, the founder of PAZ Tarbiyyah Islamic Enrichment Centre.

Also in attendance were Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Hajah Taiyibah Qalbul Bolqiah and her spouse, Pengiran Haji Mohammad Hakimmuddin bin Pengiran Haji Hashim; Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda Dr Abdul Fattaah and his spouse, Pengiran Elina Zuraidah binti Pengiran Kamaluddin; and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Khaliilah Khalilatul Bolqiah.

During the visit, Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah had the opportunity to learn more about the facilities at the centre and about the exclusive programmes that it offers.

The centre, which is a unique early education space in Brunei, is equipped with a slide, a mini-rock climbing wall, a central dome for prayers and an ablution area that can also be used as a demonstrative display of the natural water cycle from evaporation to collection. The space is designed to encourage open interaction, where children share connecting tables, surrounded by hydroponic systems and a fish tank.

Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah also took the time to interact with the children at the centre and observe their participation in interactive and fun learning activities that are designed to ignite their creativity and spiritual enlightenment.

Before concluding her visit, Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah signed on a plaque to commemorate the occasion, and also received a pesambah from the centre’s founder.

The concept of Tarbiyyah is the systematic development of Muslims which focusses on character development that aims to put Muslims on the path of constant self-purification, self-correction and self-development, while instilling an affinity for truth, compassion, righteousness and justice.

Dr Hajah Mona Yati told the Bulletin that since the opening of its new premises, the centre has already registered 35 children, including a few with special needs.

“Our vision is to inspire children to learn about Islam in a fun and interactive way through an appreciation of Islamic teachings...our teaching method is not the same as that of conventional religious schools, because as an enrichment centre, we bring on board what they have already learned in school and build up their knowledge from there,” she explained.

Apart from organising activities and experiments, Dr Hajah Mona Yati said that the children are also taught the values of empathy based on the qualities of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). “We instil these values in a friendly way and at the same time...we also remind them to pray and recite the Zikir... all these are aimed towards shaping them into pious, wise, independent and enterprising Muslims,” she added.

She also added that another interesting aspect of their curriculum is the Sunnah entrepreneurship, which is probably one of its kind in this region in encouraging the children to become entrepreneurs based on Islamic values demonstrated by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

With the unique curriculum gaining more prominence, the centre has already set goals to expand beyond Brunei’s borders as a franchise in the near future. In addition, the centre also plans to come up with an interactive programme on Al-Quran literacy for toddlers.

“PAZ Tarbiyyah is our first proof of concept and is in its validation stage,” said Dr Hajah Mona Yati. “It is to be spread out across the country, as well as in three countries abroad, next year.”

“I am thankful for the support given by Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah,” she said.

As a social enterprise, Dr Hajah Mona Yati has expressed her desire for more collaboration with local partners in community programmes.

For those interested to learn more about the registration process, visit the centre’s website at http://paztarbiyyah.com.

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