Respect, honesty, pride

Value education

Thimphu Primary School graduated their first batch of students this morning. 21 children who had recently appeared for their first board exams received certificates from their principal, Ma’am Carolyn Tshering.

In her final speech to her outgoing students, Ma’am Carolyn urged them to never forget the all-important values of respect, honesty and pride that their school had taught them. I’m reproducing her speech below to share her timeless message with students, teachers and parents throughout our country.

This week’s banner celebrates primary education in Bhutan.

Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to our first ever Graduation .  In most western countries it is normally college and university students who enjoy a graduation ceremony, but in America they hold graduations for pre-primary students, primary, middle school etc.  In this case I don’t see anything wrong in following an American custom.!!

This morning’s function is all  about class VI.   I advised them to talk about what school has meant to them and what they have learnt about life, over the past six years of their education.  I asked them not to talk about any particular teacher but to thank  everyone and most importantly to thank you the parents. What they are about to say are their own words. Most have not shown their parents.

I have watched  with pride, some  of class VI students from KG to VI  (Pema Lexzim, Galek, Tobden, Tenpa, Yiga, Selden, Jitseun Pema and Tseki. )  change from adorable wide eyed children, thirsty for knowledge grow into mature, thoughtful  eleven year olds.

To you boys and girls,  I hope  you will not forget what we have instilled in you – respect, honesty  and  pride

Respect for your parents, family, teachers and every human you meet. I hope you will show as much respect to a school bus driver or your home help as  you do to your parents. They are all human beings, with equal feelings.

Honesty and integrity – without these you will have no  true friends.  Money does not always bring happiness – it an help, but true happiness is being blessed with good health, a loving family and true friends. Remember your friends in class VI. Keep in touch with each other.

Do not be swayed by peer pressure .  You will be entering schools where many students are much older than you. When someone (or a group) try to persuade you into saying or doing something you are not sure about, question yourself. Is this what I have been taught?

Is this right? Is this what my parents would want me to do?

Be strong. Stick to your convictions.

Pride – for your family, for your school, for your country and equally important for yourself and what you are trying to accomplish and what you have accomplished. Hold your head up high, think positively.

Finally I hope you will all continue to love your amazing environment and  educate those around you to preserve what we still have in Bhutan.

Have a dream. If you don’t have a dream, your dream will never come true.

Thank you for giving me the   privilege of teaching you.

 

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  1. In most western countries it is normally college and university students who enjoy a graduation ceremony, but in America they hold graduations for pre-primary students, primary, middle school etc. In this case I don’t see anything wrong in following an American custom.!! Is there a CONVOCATION programme for them???

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