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20th November 2012

Bandar Seri Begawan, 20th November 2012 - Continuing the support given in the past few years, Baiduri has again demonstrated its commitment to community development and became the main sponsor for the Universal Children’s Day Celebration, hosted by Community Development Department of the Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sports.

The Universal Children’s Day is celebrated each year on the 20th November. This year’s celebration in Brunei revolves around the theme "Appreciate Our Voices” which stresses the importance of a child's right to express their views and to be heard.

Appropriate to this theme, the Community Development Department, with support from Baiduri Bank Group, BruCERT, Brunei Press Sdn Bhd and Sunlit Advertising Sdn Bhd hosted a three-day forum from November 20th to the 22nd at two different venues.

The launch was officiated by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah and it was held at the Dewan Persidangan Kuala Belait.

The event will end on November 22nd at the Dewan Rataie in Temburong District.

Attended by 300 students from 15 secondary schools including five private schools in the Brunei-Muara District, the forum was facilitated by officers from the Department of Community Development, Ministry of Health, Pusat Dakwah Islamiah, Department of Brunei Museums, Narcotics Control Bureau, Anti Corruption Bureau, Youth Development Centre, Baiduri Bank, BruCert and Katak Hijau Relief Aid Organisation.

Also present at the event was Ms Dorothy Newn, Head of Corporate Communications and Marketing in Baiduri Bank.

The forum saw children putting forward their views on topics such as financial planning, personal safety on the Internet, entrepreneurship, family values, education, religion and health, environment, culture, and more.

Ms Norzana Hj Abdul Hamid, Bancassurance Manager in the Baiduri Wealth Management Centre assumed the role of facilitator in the forum on the subject of Financial Planning. She mentioned, "The group was very eloquent and very keen to participate in the discussions. I was quite impressed with their level of maturity and ability to create strong arguments to accompany their resolutions."

The forum marks the second time that the Government of His Majesty the Sultan will be open to input, views and opinions from children under the age of 15, highlighting the simple and unique perspective that children possess when compared with their adult counterparts.

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