|Sabrina with her new family. Photo Credit: Sabrina in Bhutan.|
A high-level meeting on happiness will take place next week as part of the 66th session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York.
Over and over, we hear from all our teachers that the people of Bhutan, their students, their colleagues and their neighbors, are what makes Bhutan one of the best places to be. The friends that they make and the connections they share is incredible. The students, in particular, are what gets many of our teachers through their busy busy days.
There are around a handful of students in the club who have real reporting talent, who take initiative, think of their own story ideas, come to club excited with stories to hand in. And there’s one student in particular, Kiran, who’d probably make a better reporter than some adults who write for Bhutanese newspapers. He’s a kid after my own heart.
This morning, the new PE teacher arrives. Her name is Rika and she’s from Japan. As I walked down to morning assembly, I thought, ‘Perfect. The newspaper club can do a story on the new PE teacher.’ I walked to my normal spot in front of 6A, my class. After morning prayer and meditation, the principal stepped forward to introduce Rika. At the start of his introduction, Kiran, who stands in the front of the 6A boys line, leans toward me and whispers, “Ma’am, we can interview her for the newspaper.” My heart soared.”
This week’s Photo of the Week comes from Sarah Carlin, who is teaching at Bjishong Middle Secondary School in Gasa. In describing this photo Sarah said, ” It is of the Signye(Lion) House on cleaning campaign day. Last Saturday afternoon the whole school went to clean up different parts of the surrounding area (this was part of international water day and TB day which both were this past week.) Signye House (who I was assigned to monitor) helped clean up litter from nearby Damji village.”
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|New Haircuts in Rangjung. Photo Credit: Vicky and Ian.|
“My voice was almost completely gone yesterday…In class I pretended to search Dorji’s bag looking for my lost voice and was disappointed when it didn’t come to light, he was protesting his innocence throughout!”
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|Tara & Martin in National Dress
Photo Credit: Martin’s Version
This week’s Teacher Blog of the Week comes to us from Martin Thorn, who is teaching English in Grades 5 to 8 at Wangdicholing Lower Secondary School in Bumthang. The post “Just Another Day in the Himalaya” introduces readers to Martin and Tara’s day-to-day life in Bumthang.
“I’m really feeling part of my surroundings this morning as I walk to school. In national costume, I’m dressed like half the people I see walking or driving: many walking towards me are field workers and shop owners, the rest are students. Some make eye contact and we greet each other with “Kuzoo Sangpo” or “Kuzampo” (slurred version), though the students in groups mostly turn and bow to me in unison: “Good morning, Sir”, their beautiful quasi-English accents ringing in the crisp morning air.”
In response to our question, “If you could travel to Bhutan for only one day what would you like to see?“; Peyton, who has travelled to Bhutan in the past, stated “If I could go back to Bhutan, I would love to travel farther east into the more remote regions of the country. But honestly, you can’t pick just one thing. Being in Bhutan is amazing and seeing any part of it is awe-inspiring!” We couldn’t agree more!
|Photo Credit: Huffington Post.|