Bhutan Photo of the Week: Weaving

This photo of a woman using a hand loom was taken last April during a field visit from the BCF Toronto office staff.  Weaving is considered an art form in Bhutan, the tradition of which is carried on from generation to generation. Bhutanese textiles are rich, vibrant, colorful and an integral part of  Bhutanese culture.

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Teacher Blog of the Week: Moving On, Moving In

Reidi with Neljor and Sonam Choden. Photo Credit: Reidi Darveau-Smith.

This week we’d like to turn out attention to Lhuntse where Reidi is stationed at Autsho Middle Secondary School.

Read her post about making the trip from Thimphu to Lhuntse on the eventful road and how she is adapting to her new home with the help of new friends and colleagues.

Enjoy – Moving On, Moving In!

Cushing Academy: Dreams of Bhutan

In a few days time, several members of Cushing Academy, a coeducational secondary school just outside of Boston, MA, will be heading to Bhutan as part of an educational initiative known as Dreams of Bhutan.

Cushing Academy hopes to establish an educational linkage with the country of Bhutan, having the honour of His Majesty, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck as an alumnus, graduating in 1999.

Seven members of the Cushing community, including three educators and four students, will spend three weeks undertaking an in-depth cultural immersion into the day-to-day life of the people of Bhutan. While there, they will get to attend class in local schools and meet our BCF teachers, undertake a service project, and experience the cultural life of the country through participating in a home stay and visiting traditional sites and Buddhist monasteries. 

You can follow along with Cushing’s travels here at Dreams of Bhutan.
Bhutanese students Gaki and Yeshi, who studied at Blyth Academy Yorkville, through a scholarship provided by Blyth Education and BCF, visit Cushing Academy in March 2012. Photo Credit: Cushing Academy

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