On October 18, 2009, the children of Thangrong Primary School in Mongar had their best supper of their lives; it was cooked by their King.
On that day His Majesty the King visited the school where he met with the children and later cooked a six dish dinner.
Pema Tenzin who was a Dzongkha teach at Thangrong primary School from 2002-2010 said, “when you think of Kings, you imagine them to live this lavish lifestyle but with our King there is a different story to tell. He was seen cutting vegetables for children studying in primary school”.
His Majesty brought home the importance by telling the students a story.
According to the students, His Majesty said education is essential to good citizenship and that education is important to life because it enables people to contribute to their community and their country. Education is also important because it helps to answer life’s big questions, including questions of how to live, work and love and education also teaches people about the world we live in.
Without education, people would not be able to read, write, calculate or communicate. They would also not be able to perform jobs competently, accurately and safely. Education also teaches people about the world they live, including information about history, philosophy and culture.
His Majesty also spoke about the 2009 earthquake, which hit the Eastern part of Bhutan. Fortunately for the students, when the 21st September earthquake struck the school, bringing down most of its classrooms, hostels and toilets, the school was closed for the Blessed rainy Day the following day.
His Majesty briefed the students on what they should do in a similar situation and everyone in the school know knows that in the event of earthquake, they should put their bags on their heads and get under a strong table.
All the students expressed their gratification and love towards their king for the dinner he cooked for them and also for the speech on the importance of education and advice on how to protect themselves during an earthquake.