The Sherig Century celebration which will last for a year is being launched coinciding with Teachers’ Day at the Nazhoen Pelri Hall, Thimphu.
“Sherig Century- Celebrating 100 years in Educating the Nation” will be celebrated with the aim of bringing the whole nation together to pay tribute to the legacy of the monarchs in bringing progress and development to the country.
The celebration also coincides with the birth anniversary of the late Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who is fondly remembered as the father of modern Bhutan. The Ministry of Education (MoE) has decided to celebrate the Sherig Century to acknowledge the contributions of education to the mission of nation-building since the introduction of modern education in 1912.
According to MoE officials, the occasion will provide opportunity for the nation to express gratitude to the leaders and the educators in the country. “Teachers who served for a very long time will be recognized,” said the Director General at the MoE, Tshewang Tandin.
Programmes and activities will be conducted throughout the year involving all the schools, dzongkhags and communities to celebrate the occasion.
Two dzongkhags will be celebrating on relevant themes every month of the year.
The various themes to celebrate include the first batch of students, eminent alumni members, good teaching-learning practices, and values.
Awards, dramatics, art and literary competitions, co-curricular activities, games and sports, agriculture and educating for Gross National Happiness (GNH) school initiatives are other themes of celebration.
The first Education Museum will be established on 2nd May next year at Ugyen Dorji Higher Secondary School in Haa, where the first modern education was initiated, to celebrate Sherig century.