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ERIC Number: EJ946433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Teaching in the Land of Happiness: The Canada-Bhutan Connection
Scott, Kristen
Education Canada, v51 n4 Fall 2011
Classrooms in Bhutan overflow with eager students; however, the teacher supply is often not enough to meet demand. The Bhutan Canada Foundation (BCF) is a Canadian charity working with the Ministry of Education in Bhutan, providing Canadian teachers to remote areas, where they work for a local salary and live in basic conditions The feature of Bhutanese education that these Canadian teachers find most unique is integrating the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH) into both curriculum and school culture. The goal is "to see young people graduate from our educational system with a deeply felt care for nature and for each other, steeped in their culture, seeing reality clearly, living in harmony with the natural world and with their neighbors, and acting wisely for the benefit of all beings." This concept takes shape in classrooms through weekly themes integrated with GNH philosophy, school-wide meditation, and GNH-infused curriculum and lesson plans.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Bhutan; Canada