In Bhutan, when modern schooling in the country first started to expand in the late ‘50s, students for schools, set up in makeshift huts with a few teachers, had to be picked up from the villages.
Parents hid their children, declared some to be not normal, and put forward those, who probably had an inclination towards mischief.
They went to school with perhaps only a single set of clothes, the ones they were wearing, and with nothing on their feet.
Things haven’t changed much in many urban and rural schools. Today, the trend is such that most parents want to put their children in school as early as possible, or least much earlier than what government schools stipulate (at six years old), so that someone else can take care of the children as they worked. The logic remains the same – start early, finish early.
Education is free in Bhutan, a country proud of the Gross National Happiness. BUT all other expenses related to the child is not free. Uniforms, shoes, socks, stationery, food in schools and other expenses are not free.
This is where the Manjushri Educational Project comes in. We can provide the necessary funds to fill up the gaps. We have purchased school uniforms, shoes, books, stationary, and pocket money to the children to make their education.
We have enclosed the receipts of the purchases, and the pictures of happy Bhutanese students receiving a new pair of shoes.
Regular meetings are also held to provide better care and understanding the needs of the children.
YES. your donation makes a difference.