Life in Ngangla

What children see

Four special guests are in Thimphu. They are Sonam Zangmo, Sangay Dorji, Thinely Wangmo and Sangay Wangchuk. The guests, all of whom are more or less 12 years old, are in Class VI in Kagtong Community Primary School in Ngangla gewog, Zhemgang.

Kagtong is a village in lower Kheng. The village does not have electricity and is not connected by motor road. The nearest road-head to Kagtong is in Panbang, from where it takes a day to reach the remote village.

25 students from Kagtong CPS recently took part in a two-week photography course. During the training they recorded life in their village as they see it.

A selection of their photographs are on exhibition at the Allaya Gallery at the Tarayana Centre in Chubachu. The exhibition, entitled “Life in Ngangla through the Children’s Eyes” runs through the 18th of May and is open from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm every day.

Helvetas, who sponsored the unique photography course, bought Sonam, Thinley and the two Sangay’s to Thimphu to show off their work, their school and their community.

If you are in Thimphu, you should go to meet them at the Allaya Gallery. You’ll be impressed. I’ve uploaded some photographs, along with the descriptions provided by the student photographers themselves.

Here’s Sangay Dorji introducing Ngangla, and inviting you to their exhibition …

 

 

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  1. Motor Mouth says:

    heart warming. this is what education should be all about. too bad, we had to rely on helvetas to initiate such programs while our MoE stuffs their mouths with doma and spits on the teachers.

  2. Sonam penjor says:

    its been long time i havent drop any comments, finally in this fine piece of subject, a sorry note, i wonder where the labor minister belongs too, and how couldnt he initiate such things. lyonpo dorji wangdi was among those kids many moons back, and he has lots of role to be played as a khengpa. wish he still has that heart of khengpas, sorry lyonpo dorji, but u certainly wont get my vote next time.
    cheers

  3. Lobxang says:

    Awww, he loves hi Wilage 🙂

  4. observer says:

    Its pitty to note that MOLHR had accepted a photography training programm and had run a trial diploma training for a group of 10 trainnes for 2.5 years from 2006 to 2008 (abt 50% support from RGoB & another 50% by Swiss volenteer photographers). At the end, MoLHR was not bold enough to accept the offer to run the already establish institute by those volenteers, so how MoLHR can think like HELVATAS for such initatives to document to urban people the rural education.
    On the otherhand, our government doesn’t know that there are high end professinal Bhutanese photographers-RGoB intends to pay in dollar more and above what Bhutanese professional photographers would ask in Nu. for the same maount of job done by CHILIPS. And i dont think that Bhutan National Arvhive has as many historical documentry photographs as Switzerland has of Bhutan. At the same time Bhutan Govt pretends to accept the slogan ” Bhutan by Bhutanese” in terms of Photography.
    If one serously audits Ministeries and Depts. all have atleast 1 or 2 high end professional cameras but if u again ask the authorities for who is handling those cameras, the few unemployed professionals would lahugh at their skills of their being behind the tool.
    This is want Bhuatn & present Government is all about.
    Govt: Keep up ur mantality & talent!

  5. observer says:

    Its pity to note that MOLHR had accepted a photography training programm and had run a trial diploma training for a group of 10 trainnes for 2.5 years from 2006 to 2008 (abt 50% support from RGoB & another 50% by Swiss volenteer photographers). At the end, MoLHR was not bold enough to accept the offer to run the already establish institute by those volenteers, so how MoLHR can think like HELVATAS for such initatives to document to urban people the rural education.
    On the otherhand, our government doesn’t know that there are high end professinal Bhutanese photographers-RGoB intends to pay in dollar more and above what Bhutanese professional photographers would ask in Nu. for the same maount of job done by CHILIPS. And i dont think that Bhutan National Arvhive has as many historical documentry photographs as Switzerland has of Bhutan. At the same time Bhutan Govt pretends to accept the slogan ” Bhutan by Bhutanese” in terms of Photography.
    If one serously audits Ministeries and Depts. all have atleast 1 or 2 high end professional cameras but if u again ask the authorities for who is handling those cameras, the few unemployed professionals would lahugh at their skills of their being behind the tool.
    This is want Bhuatn & present Government is all about.
    Govt: Keep up ur mantality & talent!

  6. YPenjor says:

    The photos were beautiful and the young photographers were cool but bold. I do not know if I can call them innocent. It was very encouraging to see the youths from such a remote place mingle and talk freely with the high level officials and the Royal figures. They had the guts to even debate when Dasho Benji teased them. Something I never thought rural student will manage to do in the capital town…I was wrong….I found myself left alone in that “stone age”.

    A sign of fading of the “Yes Sir” era was seen!

  7. observer says:

    Here again is another Bizzare or hypocritical policy. The recent do’s and don’t policy of BICMA does not allow Film Industry to use modern Tego, western style outfits and so on.
    What if one day comes up with another such policy for these cool but bold young boys who are vary interested, challenging and creative. What if their creativenes blocked by BICMA? BICMA’s policy is discouraging us as well as future creative youths like sangay Dorji of Kagtong Community Primary School. BICMA is not leaving any room for creative people.

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