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Women In Science Award Ceremony

7th Feb 2020 – The Oil and Gas Discovery Center’s (OGDC) Women in Science (WIS) Competition has come to an end. The competition was concluded with an Award Presentation Ceremony that officially crowned the very first OGDC Woman in Science for 2019. The ceremony was also held to celebrate the achievements of the young women who have contributed huge positive impacts on their community.

The event was held at V Plaza Grand Ballroom, Kuala Belait with invited representatives from the Ministry of Education (MOE), Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP), Principals, Teachers, Participants from the Women in Science 2019 Competition along with their guardians.

The WIS competition is one of OGDC’s initiatives to encourage more young women of Brunei Darussalam to be more well aware of and be constantly ready to face the challenges of the current global issues. It is also to enhance their skills of leadership, project management and innovation even at a very young age of 13-17 years old, as these skills are exceptionally high in demand for today’s generation. This year, the competition had successfully implemented several successful projects with trending themes such as Education, Environment and Healthy Living.

The ceremony began with a speech delivered by the Head of OGDC, Dayang Nur Karnina binti Karim. It was mentioned in her speech that competition was held to inspire our female students to be the very best version of they are and to empower the students. The competition served as a platform where students were able to apply what they learned in school and enhance their exposure to the current global issues. On top of that, the intension was also to ensure that the students were able to develop a long-term understanding of the issue that they had at hand and aimed to solve. It was a very proud moment for OGDC as the centre was able to provide a platform for the students to showcase their talents and passion.

The award ceremony then proceeded with the crowning of the first Women in Science 2019 Winner. The proud recipient was Dayang Arinah Hadirah binti Sharom from Tanjong Maya Secondary School (SMTM), Tutong, with her project titled Healthy Eating Habits. Healthy eating habits was an initiative to improve the community of SMTM’s lifestyle by encouraging healthy food consumption and water intake. Dayang Ashley Liew Lui Wen from Rimba II Secondary School was the first runner up, with her project titled Redeeming the Venice of the East. Dayang Ashley Liew conducted a research project on Kampong Ayer’s water condition and experimentation on making plastic using other organic alternatives. Finally, the second runner up was Dayang Keziahjoy Naval Calimlim with her project called the Exploration Joy. The Exploration Joy was a program catered for young primary students in learning Mathematics using fun and unconventional approaches.

The centre also prepared a special Recognition Award for one of the participants from the competition. This award was an expression of sincere appreciation from the centre to the student due to her continuous commitment in ensuring that her project proposed was still implemented despite not getting the grant given by OGDC. Proud recipient of the Women in Science Recognition Award was Dayang Nuraziah Hakimah binti Muhammad Aidil Sufian from Mahad Islam Brunei with her project titled the Plastic Free Project, which consists of conducting activities such as building their own plastic furniture and hosting the school’s Eco Market to strengthen public awareness on the good and harm from utilizing plastic products.

The ceremony was concluded with performances by two of the top ten WIS participants, Dayang Ampuan Amirah Farahiyah binti Ampuan Haji Mohammad from St Angela’s School and Dayang Angginta Elainy Fausta Napitulupu from St James’s School.

In conclusion, OGDC would like to congratulate all the winners and participants of the Women in Science 2019 Competition, with hopes that this experience will motivate and develop the students to be leaders and visionaries of the future.

The event is finished.

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