Last April I traveled across Bhutan to visit teachers placed in Bhutan through the Teach in Bhutan program. For several weeks I drove across the country by auto, teetering on the edge of sheer drops and climbing some of Bhutan’s highest mountain passes. I saw schools in some of the country’s most remote communities and met students from all over Bhutan, some of whom have left the family home in pursuit of education. In one community, I met a young boy named Pema who walks seven kilometers to school each way, up and down a steep mountain path. His dedication amazed me, but his story is not unique. Pema is just one of thousands of young Bhutanese children eager to receive an education.
I’ve included a photo from this trip, as well as a picture of the BCF teacher class of 2011, seen here with Honourable Minister Lynpo Thakur S. Powdyel, Minister of Education.
Since 2010, The Bhutan Canada Foundation (BCF) has worked in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Royal University of Bhutan to improve educational opportunities for students of all ages. Next year promises to be a tremendous year for The Bhutan Canada Foundation. I am writing to ask for your financial support of our work in Bhutan.
In January 2011, BCF sent nineteen teachers and university lecturers to Bhutan, where they joined five returning teachers already in the field. This group of adventurous teachers brought enthusiasm, experience, and excellence to their respective schools, often going above and beyond the call of duty to lead club activities, hold after-school tutoring sessions, and champion new school initiatives. In the classroom, BCF teachers were part of an effort of reduce average class sizes to more effective levels, model innovative teaching and learning techniques, and encourage the development of spoken and written English skills.
Education remains vital to Bhutan’s continued development as a nation, as it does to the country’s ability to reduce nationwide poverty. According to a 2004 Poverty Analysis Report, attaining a mid-secondary level of education is enough to raise a person out of poverty. In 2012 we will continue to support Bhutan’s development, growing our program to reach new communities across Bhutan and increasing the number of BCF teachers in the field.
We need your help to continue this important work. Over 81% of funds raised go directly to programming, which means each dollar you donate has an immediate impact. As a friend of Bhutan, I would like to ask you to support The Bhutan Canada Foundation by making a gift online at https://bhutancanada.merchantsecure.com/donatenow/ or by following the instructions below.
The Bhutan Canada Foundation is committed to improving education in Bhutan. Just like Pema, we may encounter mountains along the way, but with dedication and support from donors like you, we will achieve educational excellence in Bhutan.
On behalf of the BCF staff in Thimphu and Toronto I wish to thank you and your family for your support of The Bhutan Canada Foundation. We wish you all the best in the year ahead.
Chair, The Bhutan Canada Foundation
P.S – This year every dollar you donate will be matched up to $25,000. Double your gift when you donate today!
THREE WAYS TO DONATE:
- Donate ONLINE NOW!
- Make a donation over the phone. Call (416) 572-3767
- Send your donation in the mail to:
The Bhutan Canada Foundation
720 Bathurst Street, Suite 411
Toronto, ON M5S 2R4
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