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The Edenlab has landed (or soon will, in Bhutan)

The world-renowned environmental education UK project is about to take a bow at BhIF After an impressive run for 14 years in the United Kingdom (UK), Eden Project, the famous environmental education attraction from the UK, is making a foray into Bhutan, landing as Edenlab. Edenlab, the international creative partner of Eden Project UK – one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations – will stage interactive, immersive artistic events and installations to promote environmental sustainability and wellbeing during the first-ever Bhutan International Festival scheduled [... Read More]

A malady called rural-urban migration

Old-Couple-Grinding-FlourOnly the old remain

“If something is not done in the next 5-10 years, I can foretell that the dzongdas of the eastern dzongkhags will have to be referred to as dzongda of Mongar wildlife, or dzongda of Trashigang wildlife etc., because there will be no humans left in the villages – except wild animals. It is a policy failure that needs immediate correction.”   -Yonten Tharchen Secretary General, Bhutan Taekwondo Federation   Yonten Tharchen went home to Nganglam after 19 years and returned to Thimphu completely bewildered and [... Read More]

The case of leaked English paper II and the price for justice

BCSEA’s Decision is Unfair and Unscientific   The Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment, BCSEA board in its wisdom decided to award English I marks for English II, as the two papers are related. I believe that this decision is unfair and unscientific for reasons I shall present here. But first, allow me to comment on the information given by the board on this matter. The board mentions that it will take anywhere from about Nu 4-11M to redo the examination. This is a [... Read More]

Schools can give a healthy start in life

Araham Lincoln once said that, “the philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” Indeed what school children think today, the nation thinks tomorrow. Schools not only offer wonderful opportunities for learning and thriving, they are also uniquely positioned to give children and adolescents a healthy start in life to enable them to fulfill their potential and succeed. This is of critical importance today because of increasing and early onset of health problems related to obesity, unhealthy [... Read More]

Quality of education has not deteriorated

Bare to the calves with dirty knees, uncombed hair with its colour hardly natural, dirty nose that bubbled with mucus now and then, and with decaying teeth that needed the service of a dentist, life was harsh. The school was not a homely place either. Knees were bent to serve as desk for slates that were mostly broken. Standing was sometimes, better than sitting on the cold broken floor. Quite often, bunking a class to escape slaps for losing a chalk was neither a better [... Read More]

Best and worst year in Asia in 2014

There goes the Year of the Horse.  As 2015 and soon, the Year of the Sheep, unfolds, it’s time for one last look at the year we left behind. A year ago, taking a page from Washington Post political columnist Chris Cillizza’s awarding U.S. President Barack Obama the dubious distinction of  “Worst year in Washington,” we took to the digital pages of Fortune Magazine.  The challenge – naming who had the “Worst year in Asia” – and the “winner” then of that least desired of 2013 prizes: Obama [... Read More]

The Fourth King and our ecological health

དགའ་བའི་ཚལ་ན་ལྷ་རྣམས་རྩེ་བ་བཞིན།།  ཁུ་བྱུག་མྱོས་པའི་གདངས་སྙན་གླུ་ལེན་ཅིང་།། དུས་རླུང་བསེར་བུས་མེ་ཏོག་འགྲིམས་པ་བཞིན།། སྤྲིན་གྱི་གླང་པོ་དགའ་བའི་སྒྲ་འབྱིན་ཅིང་།། ཆར་གྱི་སྣང་བ་རབ་བཟང་བསིལ་བསིལ་བཞིན།། རྩ་བ་ལོ་མ་འབྲས་བུའི་ཁ་ཟས་ཀྱང་།། སྡིག་དང་མ་འདྲེས་ནགས་ན་དུས་བཞིར་ལྡན།། ཉོན་མོངས་རྣམས་ཀྱང་ངང་གིས་ནགས་ན་འགྲིབ།། མི་སྙན་བརྗོད་པ་སུ་ཡང་མ་མཆིས་ཤིང་།། འདུ་འཛིའི་གྲོང་ལས་རྒྱང་རིང་གྱུར་པས་ནི།། ཞི་བོའི་བསམ་གཏན་ངང་གིས་ནགས་ན་འཕེལ།། དམ་པའི་ཆོས་དང་མཐུན་ཞིང་སེམས་འདི་དུལ།། ཉེ་བར་ཞི་བའི་བདེ་བ་ནགས་ན་ཐོབ།། མདོར་ན་ནགས་ཀྱི་ཡོན་ཏན་མཐའ་ཡས་ཏེ།།   Like the gods dance in an enchanting forest,   Cuckoo sings sweetly in a heady note.    Like the flowers sway in a gentle season’s breeze The five-headed elephant of Indra trumpets delightfully. Like a shower that freshens our consciousness Those edible roots, leaves and fruits of four seasons, Uncontaminated by sins exists in the woods. Many mental toxins naturally wane in the woods. There is none to say any [... Read More]

NC going overboard in criticism of mining sector?

During the course of discussions on the Royal Audit Authority’s (RAA) report on mining and quarrying sector, both in the National Council (NC) and talk-shows on the national television (BBS), the proponents and management of the mining and quarrying units came under a barrage of criticism and condemnation from the NC.  The relevant government agencies were also not spared from the wings of their condemnation. There was a palpable feeling of passion on the issue amongst the honourable members.   While it is desirable to [... Read More]

Is the world today a better place for children?

When world leaders signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), 25 years ago, they made a promise to children: that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential. This year as we celebrate 25 years of the CRC, it is a time to stock-take on where we are and to ask our-selves: Is the world today a better [... Read More]

Let us engage constructively to put our values into action

Few days ago, an ordinary conversation with a friend turned into a heated debate: I realized that he is open to the idea of hitting his future wife “under certain circumstances”. In other words, he does not oppose domestic violence. My opinion on the matter is that domestic violence is wrong – plain and simple. I think domestic violence is wrong regardless of the gender, class, race, origin, social-status, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, etc. of the both the perpetrator and the victim. Meaning that I [... Read More]

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