On Tuesday, 29 September, Progresif Sdn Bhd and the Ministry of Education (MOE) established a yearlong partnership to help propel teaching and learning initiatives in the education system to new heights.
At a signing ceremony held at the Progresif Headquarters, Gadong, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, the Minister of Education and Hajah Nurul Haniah binti Haji Jaafar, CEO of Progresif, jointly penned a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), establishing ‘Progresif for Schools’, a multidimensional collaborative program designed to meet the common goal of ensuring the success of Brunei’s youth at meeting the educational demands of the 21st Century. Also in attendance was the Permanent Secretary of Core Education, Yang Mulia Dr Shamsiah Zuraini Kanchanawati Binti Hanji Tajuddin, of the Ministry of Education.
The idea of a partnership towards furthering national education objectives with the MOE began by Progresif assessing where the brand’s key competencies and strengths as a telco and technology company could serve the MOE in their mission to deliver a world class education to the nation’s youth. In a speech delivered at the ceremony, Hajah Nurul Haniah outlined the key areas of the initiative, saying “Progresif for Education is aimed at supporting the MOE in a long-term collaboration with a focus on developing Teaching and Learning through four key areas, focusing on bringing teachers, students, parents and the broader community together with Progresif, in simple ways that could make maximum impact”.
Under the ‘Progresif for Schools’ umbrella the CEO outlined a plan including a ‘Donate Your Quota Campaign’ where parents, corporates and the public will be able to donate certain amounts of Data to sponsor WiFi in selected schools, a Progresif career advice platform for students gain a better idea of the career paths they can aim for, Progresif student sponsorships, and a Cross Training Program in Marketing and Corporate Communications in which MOE teachers and staff have access to Progresif resources and staff in a form of skill sharing and professional development.
Since opening their doors in 2015, Progresif has staunchly committed itself to advocacy for Education as a core pillar of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). From creating teaching tools for local schools in their Progresif Magazine, to promoting passionate teachers in their ‘Progresif Heroes’ campaigns, and their sponsorship of big school events like the International School Brunei Borneo Global Issues Conference (ISB BGIC), the company has long been committed to corporate stewardship of important social issues. “We have been pleased to see that our company has inspired other corporates in Brunei also pick up socially-minded campaigns and are starting to take ownership over issues that could make our society better for all”, said Head of Brand Strategy at Progresif, Hafiza Mohamad.