Spreading kindness at schools and 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 towards greater kindness.

Kindness Week was led by five secondary students who attended a three-day virtual Kindness Leaders Conference organised by the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Malaysia in February.

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

In an era where hateful comments and divisive rhetoric seem to be on the rise, the conference was hoped to empower young people to be kindness leaders, to be kind and empathetic, and to not see such values as weaknesses, but as a sign of emotional strengths.

Hazimah binti Erwan, Soo Jun Shan and Amanda Chiang from Year 12, as well as Nina binti Bolkiah and Sarah Harvey from Year 10 joined over 150 participants from other Southeast Asia countries who became Kindness Leaders for their respective communities.

UNICEF Malaysia partnered with Projek Assalamualaikum to gather 15 students from Brunei Darussalam to represent the country at the virtual conference, with the other 10 from Hassanal Bolkiah Boys Arabic 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-kindness Tuesday, Outreach Wednesday, Sweet Thursday, and Friendship Friday – to inspire the ISB community towards the kindness movement not only within classrooms but extended throughout the whole school, and to their families. The core idea was ‘kindness to others and to self’.

The leaders also went to ISB Seria to spread kindness to primary school students by conducting activities promoting inclusivity, celebrating differences and random acts of kindness.

Chiang said the conference helped her to create meaningful connections worldwide and cultivate quality life-skills.

“I thought I had known everything about being kind, but this conference and the campaign gave me more insight into kindness and how to be a kindness leader to everyone.”

Hazimah said the kindness movement was life-changing.

“It made me more aware of my actions toward others, and implementing an action to be an example to follow was something to be proud of. I have met many inspiring people, and knowing that there are a lot of kindness enthusiast all around the world makes me feel proud to join the community.” - Borneo Bulletin/ANN

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