Happy Teachers’ Day

Gakiling has only one school, a community primary school. It is in Rangtse, a small, impoverished village located four walking days from the nearest motor road in Haa. Tshering Dorji is its principal.

In 2006, after teaching for about three years in remote schools in Samtse, Lopen Tshering volunteered to go to Rangtse to establish a community primary school. There he met enough children to start the school. And he saw a community eager to build their school. So together, they – farmers, children, and teacher – erected a two-room hut that would become Rangtse’s first classrooms.

Early the following year, 38 children showed up for school. And Lopen Tshering got to work. He taught his students to read and to write, to sing and dance, and to work and play. His first students included a paraplegic and several toddlers in the “pre-school” section. By the end of that year, the school had treated the public of Rangtse to their first ever cultural show. But that was not all: the principal took the show on the road, where his talented students entertained admiring crowds in Sombaykha and in Dorokha.

Today Rangtse CPS has 97 students studying in classes PP through III, many coming from villages that have never had a child attend school. The school now has four teachers including the principal and his wife. And they have a few more huts, some of which are still being built. But that is still not enough. So all the teachers – the principal, his wife, and the two others – live in one room. That room is furnished with three beds and one cupboard.

Lopen Tshering has shown how much can be achieved with so little. He’s built a school from scratch. A school that gives hope. And that provides the only opportunity to escape poverty.

So today, on Teachers’ Day, I want to recognize the hard work that Lopen Tshering Dorji and his teacher friends have put into building Rangtse CPS. And I want to acknowledge the tremendous sacrifices that they have made. And thank them.

I wish Lopen Tshering and his teacher-colleagues throughout our country: A very happy teachers’ day.

 

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  1. Chhimi Dorji says:

    I seriously think that Lopen Tshering Dorji has done an excellent job. Please pay our heartfelt regards, felicitations and wishes for his life and marvellous endeavour.
    I know many of us dream of helping the poor, teaching in remote places and serving the nation with such dedication. They all remains dreams. We are busy with life in Thimphu and earning more money for yet another car or land or house. At the end, we are the unhappy lot of people while they can cherish their achievements.
    Kudos to Lop. Tshering and all other teachers around the country.
    Happy Teachers’ Day!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank you to all Lopen Tshering Dorjis. At a time when our university system is about to import Buddhism from the west, this is at least good news. Our Education System from the 80s have ruined one generation of Bhutanese youth in terms of their quality of education. Instead of attracting people like Lopen Tshering Dorji into the teaching profession, the recruitment process was such that anyone who couldn’t qualify for anything else then opted to be a teacher – because that was easy and how it was set up. So now we have many kids who are neither good in Dzongkha nor English, let alone other subjects.

    I laugh when people say we don’t have enough Buddhism in our curriculum. Shetring, Gyalse Laglen, and the namthars are all Buddhist studies. In fact when I attend Buddhist teachings in the west, it is the same stuff – and I am glad I read all those when at school. Different lamas use humor, their own life lessons and examples, but it is the same stuff really – the essence. And we already studied all those from the 8th Grade on. Our people are too lazy to pay attention to what we have already, and learn it in Dzongkha. While learning Dzongkha, these texts allowed us to understand real Buddhism. Then of course our institutes in Tango and Chari are renowned for higher Buddhist studies. There are many Bhutanese teachers in schools who teach such texts with great passion and ease, and kids understand them – Lopen Chador of YHS is one of them.

    But to say that we don’t have Buddhist studies in our schools and colleges is to totally ignore such great texts. And to say that we now need Westerners to teach us Buddhism in English – we are going back many steps in many ways. Then the education system has failed, and failed miserably.

    Why don’t we just say – We are too lazy and “modern” to learn Buddhism in Dzongkha. So some westerner please come and teach us Buddhism in English. This fascination of anything western is SAD.

    Let us do away with Dzongkha altogether if the education system thinks it is so difficult and cannot make it fun and easier for people to learn anymore. Let us teach our kids to say their prayers in English too.

    • Now that you mentioned Lopon Chador I remember him. I had the fortune to study under him while he was DLT in CJHS, Lungtenphu. What a great teacher he was!

  3. Canteen says:

    ohh…good to know that Mr. Tshering Dorji is doing a great job out there. I met him last year in Australia when he came here as a member of BMAP scholarship holder…..
    cheers to him…and best of luck to you Lynpo…….

  4. Kezang Tshering says:

    I also fine him good and telented person. I was really enjoyed when the same school had stage one cultural programme at Sangbaykhag Pry School during one of the birthday celebration of 4th king.

  5. Tshering Dorjee says:

    I want to take this previlage to thank Opposition leader for wishing me during TEACHER’S DAY and other viewers for their comments.

  6. Karma Choden says:

    “keep up the good spirit”. May god bless you with lots and lots of Success in your near future.keep going man……..

  7. SONAM, DOROKHA says:

    IT IS TRUE THAT HE HAS GOT LOT OF POTENTIALS AND IN-BORN TALENTS WITH PLEASING PERSONALITIES AS WELL. PUBLIC OF RANGTSE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE HIM AS A PRINCIPAL. HOPEFULLY, HE WOULD SHINE FURTHER IN LIFE AND ALL THE BEST!

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