Ahh, the beauty of interschool learning – for the past 11 years the International School of Brunei (ISB) has been organising an interschool meet up, where they use a model United Nations conference simulation, which spreads awareness of the responsibilities we have as people living in the world.

This was the 12th Borneo Global Issues Conference (BGIC) – and the theme of the year, ‘To Achieve Universal Primary Education’, which originates from the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the newly launched United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), with the latter including 17 goals to transform the world by the year 2030.

This annual conference has consistently provided a positive educational experience that benefits everyone who participates, because it opens your mind through assignments like research of a country’s government issues, political information, social and economic system.

If you didn’t already know, ISB’s BGIC is actually a student-run meet up where over 300 secondary students from 23 local schools talk about serious world issues as a way of raising awareness and developing their public speaking skills – one way to look at it is to think of this meet up as a mini United Nations convention with students talking about real world issues and how can they find solutions to them (pretty awesome huh?).

Being in line with our own Corporate Social Responsibilities, Progresif proudly supported the event, which was held from March 4th through the 7th at the International Convention Centre (ICC). The opening of the event was officiated by Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah Binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab-Rahaman, where Her Royal Highness spoke about empowering the younger generation to take an active role in shaping the future, while addressing recurring global issues related to universal primary education.

Wondering who the past guest speakers were?

Dr. David Koh
Professor and Chair of Occupational Health and Medicine in PAP Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences, The University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD)
Tara Yip-Bannicq
Programme Officer (Social Protection)/Resilience Focal Point, UNICEF HAITI
Wanna find out more?
Log on to www.isb.edu.bn