Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay attended the 17th Annual Education Conference as the Chief Guest and launched the Bhutan Education Blueprint 2014-2024 themed ‘Rethinking Education’ at the Ugyen Academy in Punakha on 27th December 2014.
The blueprint is dedicated to the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. The document has been prepared based on a comprehensive review of the current education system. The blueprint developed by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with several organisations and agencies presents a time bound strategic roadmap for a systematic transformation of the school education system in Bhutan.
At the event, Lyonchhen spoke on the many successes of the education system in Bhutan including free schooling for the Bhutanese children and attributed these accomplishments to the farsighted wisdom of our noble monarchs. Albeit numerous challenges the country faces today, Lyonchhen said that paying due recognition and addressing national concerns must be the sole priority of all teachers, students and citizens alike.
Speaking on education, Lyonchhen emphasized that education was very crucial for Bhutan. Quoting His Majesty the King, Lyonchhen said the children were the future of our country and nurturing their individual potential and making them realize their potential is a common goal.
Lyonchhen stated that the teachers must help the students find and define their very own purpose of learning and educating themselves. Improving the quality of content in subjects taught in schools should be the main focus and discipline will have to be a priority as well. Lyonchhen further said that teachers must work together and be committed, motivated and draw inspiration from our monarchs.
“It is difficult but we don’t have a choice. We should be concerned and take this very seriously. We have to do it. All of us must work together to ensure that the quality of education improves,” Lyonchhen said.
Lyonchhen highlighted that students must work hard by ‘learning to learn’ and teachers must provide them tools to study beyond what is taught in their classrooms and allow them to research and apply their skills.
Lyonchhen also spoke on the importance of a balanced diet and providing nutritious meals to the school children.