Bhutan News

    National drama festival kicks off

    Posted 18 August 2017 | 11:28 am

    The first ever national level drama festival is underway in the capital. The festival began from August 16.

    Hundreds of students including teachers from schools in Thimphu are attending the festival every day.

    The festival is showcasing 50 best dramas selected from 200 dramas produced by schools across the country.

    In the first night, Ugyen Academy staged the Tryst with King Lear. King Lear is a tragedy  written by William Shakespeare. It depicts the gradual fall into madness of King Lear, after giving up his kingdom and inheritance to two of his three daughters based on their flattery of him, bringing tragic consequences for all.
    The festival consists of self-written scripts to Namthars and Shakespearean plays.

    Education Minister Norbu Wangchuk said such activity will “raise the English and Dzongkha language proficiency of  the students.”

    “It promotes creativity and also because now we have Namthars and Shakespeare in our curriculum, these drama  would complement the curricular studies,” said the minister adding that the drama will help to raise self confidence and discover student’s talents.

    The festival, which is open to the public, will end October 5 with the staging of Ling Geasr Gyalpo by Karmaling Higher Secondary School of Samdrup Jongkhar. The education ministry initiated performing arts with the reintroduction of Shakespearean plays in the curriculum last year.

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    A project to support CSOs launched

    Posted 18 August 2017 | 11:19 am

    The Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the country are now expected to be able to reach out to more disadvantaged groups. That’s because a project called “Support to Civil Society in Bhutan” was launched in the capital yesterday.

    Funded by the European Union, the project aims to strengthen the diverse roles played by the CSOs by providing them with necessary funds and trainings.

    “The primary objective is to support and strengthen the contributions of CSOs towards the 11th and 12th FYP objectives, specifically in the field of Sustainability and Good Governance,” said Tashi Pem, the Country Director of HELVETAS.

    The Bhutan Kidney Foundation is one of the CSOs in the country. Its Executive Director, Tashi Namgay, said such support will enable the CSOs in the country to grow stronger.

    “Many CSOs are faced with problems related to funds,” said Tashi Namgay. “As far as Bhutan Kidney Foundation is concerned, we seek funds from various kind hearted donors and this is how we survive.”

    The project worth over 170 million ngultrum expects to reach about 60% per cent of all registered CSOs and about 200 community based organizations. Today, there are 51 registered CSOs in the country.

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    18 youths to leave for Korea for various vocational trainings

    Posted 18 August 2017 | 11:17 am

    A total of 18 young Bhutanese will soon head to South Korea’s Jeju Province where they will undergo trainings in bakery, cooking, horticulture and carpentry among others.

    The opportunity is being provided by the Korean-Bhutan Agency as part of a series of activities and programmes being undertaken to celebrate 30 years of friendship between the two countries.

    In preparation for their year-long stay in South Korea, the Bhutanese youths have been learning Korean language, culture and values over the past 10 months.

    “If we just select and send the trainees to Korea, they face difficulties and that’s why I am conducting the fourth year Korean language cum orientation course in Thimphu,” said Kim from the Korea Bhutan Agency.

    The 18 youths selected for the trainings are looking forward to learning a lot from their experience in Korea. 22-year-old Tashi from Merak is one of them. The training is an opportunity to chase her dream of becoming a chef.

    “I come from a remote village and I think the training will be helpful to both me and my parents,” said Tashi.

    “The training will make us independent and enable us to find jobs,” said Kencho Jamtsho.

    “I will come and start my own business and hope to be able to able to create job opportunities,” said Sonam Tshomo.

    The group will leave at the end of September and return home after a year.

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