By Kim Jones, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director, Curriki
I just returned from a spectacular trip to Bhutan. During my travels, I was able to visit a school that includes grades 1 through 6 and is located in the village of Gangtey. Bhutan is a small country located at the eastern end of the Himalayas and is nestled between China and India.
On this clear morning, I attended a sixth grade social studies class. Housed in a small wooden building, the school is located in a beautiful but very remote area. Children from all over the valley attend, walking to school each day as there are very few cars. Some children live in the mountains and walk nearly 2 hours one-way to attend school!
There is no electricity in the schools, which is typical in this part of Bhutan. We did have electricity in the lodge we were staying at, but this was possible only because they used a generator. Not surprisingly, there are no computers in Gangtey, and in fact there are no Internet cafes here so most of the children are very sheltered from the rest of the world.
I showed the students my iPad and they went crazy! I pulled up several examples from the Curriki website and they could not believe so much was available! They were thrilled. The Bhutanese government has a plan to bring electricity to this valley and its villages in the next year. Hopefully, Internet access and Curriki will soon be available to everyone here.
Towards the end of my visit, I met with the school principal and we agreed to keep in touch through texting (as they do have cellular access) so I hope to update you on this school in Gangtey next year.
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Photos courtesy of Kim Jones