President of SMARTER Brunei attends seminar in China

Achong Tanjong      

THE President of Society for the Management of Autism Related issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) Brunei, Malai Haji Abdullah bin Malai Haji Othman is currently in Beijing, China to attend the 16th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights – ‘Persons with Disabilities and Human Rights’, which is being held from November 8-10.

The event is hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China and the China Disabled Persons Federation.

The informal Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Seminar on Human Rights series provides an arena for non-confrontational debate on human rights issues between government officials, academics and civil society organisations of the 53 ASEM members.

As the largest meeting point between the two regions, the seminar seeks to help deepen understanding between civil society actors and governments in Asia and Europe on human rights issues.

The seminar addresses a human rights-based approach to the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities, especially with regards to the situation in ASEM member countries and regionally in Asia and Europe.

The seminar also focusses on topics such as social and economic inclusion as well as national implementation and inter-national cooperation.

Malai Haji Abdullah left for Beijing on Monday.

Borneo Bulletin

 

SMARTER Brunei students entertained with musical performances

THE Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) Band and the 7th Fleet Band of the United States Navy yesterday performed at the Society for the Management of Autism Related issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) Brunei EDGE Centre in Kampong Mata-Mata in Gadong in conjunction with a bilateral military exercise between Brunei Darussalam and the US known as the 22nd Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Exercise.

About 100 autistic children along with their parents and guardians were entertained during the musical performance.

The event began with a speech by the President of SMARTER Brunei, Malai Haji Abdullah bin Malai Haji Othman, who thanked the bands for their time to entertain and interact with the autistic children.