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The March breakers are back! This March break, Blyth and Program Manager Ashley Hill took a group of ambitious students to the Land of the Thunder Dragon to work in classrooms with our BCF teachers and aid in environmental projects. Many of the students described the trip as “life changing”, in which Ashley stated that the “energy and enthusiasm demonstrated by all students, towards all activities, throughout the program, made it clear…that this was indeed a very special time for […]

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As a throwback to last week’s 1st annual International Day of Happiness, we’re happy to share BCF teacher Heather’s experience of March 20th, declared a National Holiday in Bhutan. Heather’s day of happy turned out to be a day of sports, shopping, cooking; and of course like any busy and passionate teacher, lots of reading and marking.

“The female teachers were playing basketball against the girl captains for fun.  I went out to watch and actually played.  Me.  Basketball.  Probably my […]

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Photo Credit: M&C

The Kingdom of Bhutan will go to polls for the second time in its history next month for elections which will consolidate its transformation to democracy, according to a royal decree. Five years ago, the remote Himalayan state of Bhutan turned from an absolute to a constitutional monarchy, making it one of the youngest democracies in the world.
 
King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck took the first steps towards democratization by setting up a 130-member […]

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Photo of the Week – February Photo Op

Bhutan Canada 03-25-2013

This week’s photo of the week comes from Andrea Chisholm’s recent blog post February Photo-A-Day in which Andrea and her family took and uploaded a photo for each day of February representing their unique experiences and capturing great memories while teaching in Bhutan! Check out her blog, From Down Under to the Top of the World, and choose your favourite from the many photo days of February.

At the Nomad Festival : Bhutanese guessing the weight of a […]

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Today’s blog of the week comes from Tim Grossman, a current teacher in the field who has been placed at Tshenkherla Middle Secondary School in Trashiyangtse. In his blog, Tim reflects on his teaching experience thus far in Bhutan, mentioning the different challenges associated with educational philosophy in Bhutan and their community based culture.

 I am focused on life in the classroom, assessing my new students who have transferred in from schools as far as Thimphu or as near as Kinney. […]

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It’s a great day to be happy!Bhutan helped to usher in the pursuit of happiness and the importance of using a holistic measure to success both at the United Nations and with several key policy makers around the world. This idea continues to build great ground and today, on March 20th, we are happy to celebrate the 1st annual International Day of Happiness, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, following the conference on Happiness and Wellbeing.

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After 7 weeks of our BCF teachers being in the field, it is due time for an update! We have been closely following their blogs and reading in on their experiences in the field, adaptation, and positive challenges that they have had to overcome over this almost 2 month period. Executive Director, Nancy Strickland, had the chance to visit several BCF teachers in eastern Bhutan, and had these pictures to share with us from her travels. To see where our […]

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Photo of the Week – Volleyball Fun

Bhutan Canada 03-15-2013

This week’s photo of the week comes from Heather Robertson, one of our teachers in the field! The photo, along with many more on her blog, show students at Chukha HSS playing a recreational game of volleyball as implemented in their curriculum. Class-wide volleyball is a great way to step outside of the classroom and stress the importance of their health and well-being. Click here to check out more fun pictures on Heather’s blog, Heather Robertson in Bhutan.

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The concept of Gross National Happiness is what makes so many people fall in love with Bhutan and the idea of implementing GNH into a school curriculum is what encourages teachers from around the world to look at ways they can help be part of the movement. Bhutan continues to Educate for GNH and develop green schools, as seen through our teachers’ recent trip to Jigme Losel PS.

“Green schools is not just about the environment, it is a philosophy, so we’re trying […]

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Flying into Paro (Photo Credit: Raewyn)

Experienced by all of our BCF teachers, Paro International Airport, the only international airport in Bhutan, high in the Himalayan Mountains is one of the world’s most difficult airports for take-offs and landings.
At 7,300 feet above sea level , with a runway 6,500 feet long surrounded by deep valleys and peaks, only a handful of qualified pilots (8 to be exact!) are allowed to land there, flying with […]

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