Languages of some remote communities are in immediate danger of extinction
COVER STORY Lama Shacha Tenzin, Angay Choden and Dadum have one thing in common besides being elderly members of their communities. They share a concern for the tongues they speak.
Lama Shacha Tenzin, 80, is from a remote village call Daksa in Gongdue, Mongar. Choden, 78, is from another remote village of Rukha from Wangduephodrang, and Dadum, 80 from the Doya community in Dorokha, [... Read More]
In Dorokha, Samtse Photo: Karma Tshering
The aim is to preserve and document languages and dialects on the verge of extinction
CULTURE To preserve and document languages and dialects identified as on the verge of extinction, a community based project, Bhutan oral literature and language documentation project, has identified several areas across the country to carry out research works.
The project has their field teams in Shâ (Dzongkha), Rukha (‘Ole), Samtse (Lhop), Mongar (Gongduk) and Trashiyangtse (Monpa) regions, and has some individual [... Read More]
Even though Ragunath Sharma graduated from college and is done with studies, life has not slowed down.
Each morning, the 24-year-old is up by 5:30am studying for the upcoming civil service examination. Having done his bachelor of science in microbiology from Rathnavel Subramaniam college of arts and science in Coimbatore, TN, India, Ragunath is appearing in the technical category.
After two hours of study, he prepares himself for a day at the Thimphu referral hospital where he [... Read More]
Dr George van Driem, chair for historical linguistics at University of Berne, has conducted field research in Nepal, Bhutan, northeastern India and western Indian Himalayas since 1983. He has also coordinated the endangered language documentation of Himalayan language project since 1993. He talks to Kinley Wangmo about the importance of language in preserving identity.
Q&A How and why are languages dying or disappearing?
The main causes of languages dying are socioeconomic. Languages don’t die [... Read More]
HEALTH & FITNESS I have been working out for the past three months for an hour daily. I have always wanted to know which is more important, strenuous workout or a healthy diet? Or does it go hand in hand? Please elaborate on this.
You partly answered your question, for it does go hand in hand. It’s like asking whether the sun or water is important for a plant. Both in [... Read More]
Author: Rhonda Byrne
Price: Nu 700
Genre: Self help, spirituality
REVIEW How often do you keep track of your thoughts, realise its power or know the importance and implications of positive thinking?
These are the questions that provokes a reader to ponder upon in the novel, ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne.
Focusing on the power of thoughts and minds, and if used properly how it can bring endless positive changes and possibilities, the book tells about how one can be their own architect of happiness [... Read More]
LAST PAGE Monpa was just a means of communication to me when I was young. It was like other language that you speak and share your daily events with your friends.
However, as I grew up, the language became more than just a medium of communication. This language became the means to acquire knowledge in the field of Monpa histories, oral stories and songs.
Today, the Monpa language is spoken only by few in eastern [... Read More]
Non-formal education program allows those who missed school for whatever a chance to catch up on what they’ve missed
COVER STORY The sun had just about set and the hot autumn day had cooled down. Schools were closed for the day, but three classrooms in Changzamtog lower secondary school in Thimphu were open and the lights were on.
The classes were occupied by women and men of different ages, enrolled in the non-formal education program, [... Read More]
Instructor Pema Lhaden teaching English alphabets
SUBJECT Based on demand from leaners, basic English language was introduced as part of non-formal education (NFE) program last year.
The curriculum was reviewed in 2009 by non-formal and continuing education division under education ministry.
“A functional English curriculum for post literacy was developed and implemented,” Nima Damdul, division chief program officer, said.
The duration for completion of basic literacy course ranges from six months to twelve months. During these periods, three levels consisting of thirty [... Read More]
At 4am the dusk breaks with the cock crowing outside. Karchung, 32, slowly places the blanket aside, so his wife and daughter are not disturbed.
It’s still dark as Karchung, now dressed in bluish mathra gho and flipflops walks through the football ground to a classroom. It’s been 10 years since Karchung became a non-formal education (NFE) instructor.
As he enters the class he is greeted by six NFE leaners. Four haven’t come. One is expecting and [... Read More]