His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen graced the Teachers’ Day celebrations at Changlimithang and interacted with more than 1,500 teachers who were especially honoured by the Ministry of Education for their valuable contributions to the education system in Bhutan. 43 teachers from India who taught in Bhutan in the 1960’s were specially invited from India as guests of honour, as this year also marks the 50th anniversary of Bhutan-India Friendship.
Speaking at the event, Dasho Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister wished all the teachers including the 43 Indian teachers who once taught in the country and travelled to Thimphu.
Lyonchhen said that 2nd May is the Birth Anniversary of Zhingzha Dampa Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who is also revered as the father of Modern Bhutan. Lyonchhen took the opportunity to thank the Monarchs for the education welfare system which ensures free education for the students.
Lyonchhen added that in Bhutan, May 2nd is celebrated as the ‘National Teachers Day’ to thank our teachers. He said that teachers work day and night; in the remotest corners of the country; take care of the children’s and nurture their growth. He said that students throughout the country would be thanking teachers today and urged that parents must also take this opportunity to thank all the teachers for their efforts in enriching the lives of their children.
He said that this year the Teachers Day is more special as it coincides the 50th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between Bhutan and India. He explained that the history of Bhutan’s modern education is a ‘history of partnership and friendship between Bhutan and India’.
The first modern school started in 1914 under the patronage of the His Late Majesty Gongsa Ugyen Wangchuck.
He added that teachers from India rendered their service in teaching Bhutanese students and still do. He thanked the 43 Indian teachers who were the Guest of Honor today.
Lyonchhen reiterated that thanking the teachers is important but not enough. He said we must ‘support, serve and commit’ to assist our teachers for teaching is not easy.
Lyonchhen concluded by sharing that in the 12th plan, the Education Ministry emphasizes on the teacher by means of professional development; masters program for 300 teachers every year; a laptop for every teacher; work load reduction and improving other amnesties.