Our annual BCF celebration was a tremendous success, bringing together supporters, new and alumni teachers, dignitaries, and friends of Bhutan. An opening introduction was made by BCF founder and Honorary Consul to Bhutan, Sam Blyth, with the chief address from Kunzang Namgyel, Permanent Representative of Bhutan to the United Nations and Canada. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves as much as we did!
A big thank you to Bruno Wong for the photographs!
In honour of Blessed Rainy Day, Sam Blyth, Founder and Chair and Nancy Strickland, Executive Director of The Bhutan Canada Foundation headed out to eastern Canada, to meet with several friends from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. This included a reception with the Dean of Education at UNB, Ann Sherman, as well as UNB faculty and staff, and Bhutanese students and families from UNB.
Jangchu Tenzin, a Bhutanese graduate student at UNB, Fredericton, currently completing his Master of Education in Instructional Design was ‘honoured to be part of the reception’ and looks forward to future events! He was more than happy to share some photos with us, highlighted below. We hope everyone in attendance enjoyed themselves!
BCF’s new students scholars Karma & Kinley arrived in Toronto at the beginning of September to start school at Blyth Academy Burlington. Help us welcome them to Canada by attending a very special welcome dinner in their honor, October 12th.Date: October 12th, 2012 7:00pm Location: Om Restaurant, 1439 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6R 1A1 Details: Join us for dinner or just stop by to say hello! If you are joining for dinner you will be responsible for the cost of your meal (entrees are approx. $9 – 15). Click here to see the menu. RSVP: to firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 5th
Are you interested in travelling to Bhutan? Would you like to get involved with The Bhutan Canada Foundation? If so, consider joining our Annual Chairman’s Trip, led by BCF Founder and Chair, Sam Blyth, for an insider’s view of Bhutan including visits to BCF teachers in the field, receptions, private dinners and special access to sites across the country.
Dates in country: April 1 – 10, 2012
Cost: $4,920 + Airfare
Highlights: Paro, Tiger’s Nest, Thimphu, Punakha Valley, Bumthang, Dochula Pass, school visits, private receptions, special access to historical sites.
We are thrilled to announce that the Honourable Thakur S. Powdyel, Minister for Education, Bhutan will present the opening keynote address at the upcoming Educating for Sustainable Happiness symposium in Ashburnham, MA this summer.
The Honourable Minister is an international visionary in the area of educating for Gross National Happiness. He is known for his inspirational approach to cultivating an holistic education system in Bhutan that values students and encourages a connection to the natural environment and to each other.
We are honoured to welcome the Minister to the symposium’s already illustrious group of keynote speakers and presenters!
Here’s a reminder of what the symposium is all about:
The Bhutan Canada Foundation and Cushing Academy will host a four-day symposium to explore the question, “What does education in the 21st century look like?” In particular, what are the ideas, best practices, and pedagogy that will most effectively lead to the development of sustainable happiness amongst students? Through collaboration, discussions, current issue debate, and the presentation of case studies we aim to focus on four key areas: Values, Identity & Leadership; Experiential Education & Cross Cultural Learning Expeditions; Global Partnerships in Education; Technology as an Essential Instructional Tool. The symposium will feature the Kingdom of Bhutan as its country of focus.
Keynote speakers include:
·Patrick Bassett, President, National Association of Independent Schools
·Ron Canuel, CEO Canadian Education Association
·Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University
·James Tracy, Headmaster, Cushing Academy
·Tony Wagner, Author of “Creating Innovators”
August 9 -12th, 2012 Ashburnham, Massachusetts
A number of affordable accommodation options are available for the conference, all of which include meals.Simply enter the code “studentreg” while registering. Valid student I.D. must be presented at the symposium to gain entrance.
Join us on Tuesday June 19th at 6:00pm at The Centre for Social Innovation, Spadina (215 Spadina Ave Toronto, ON M5T 2C7) in the Alterna Savings Meeting Room for an informational Teacher Panel. Have all your questions and concerns answered by those who know best, former BCF teachers who have lived and taught in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.
The Bhutan Canada Foundation works to further the development of Bhutan and its people through programs that impact its educational and social institutions. Through the Teach in Bhutan program, teachers get the chance to live and teach in the Kingdom of Bhutan, a secluded and mystical country, virtually untouched by the modern world.
This is a rare chance to work in an education system that is in the midst of an exciting and innovative transformation, as the Ministry of Educationworks to transition to a more interactive, thoughtful, and participatory system of education.
If you’re interested in teaching in Bhutan, this night is not to be missed!