Learning during the coronavirus pandemic

How children in eastern Bhutan are learning from home.

A boy holds a copy of his book he received from the school
25 May 2020

From television to smart phones and self-instructional materials, children in eastern Bhutan are availing various mediums available to them to continue learning from home during the pandemic.


A child holds a phone to his ear
Tashi Dhendup,5, is enrolled in an ECCD centre at Trashigang but is today learning from his mother's phone.

The Ministry of Education with support from UNICEF developed Self-Instructional Materials (SIM) and distributed it to about 17,000 children across the country who did not have access to television, smart phones and internet. The SIM contains the same lessons broadcast on television and ensures continuity of education during the pandemic.

A young girl with a book at home
Dechen Wangmo with a copy of self-instructional material, that she is using today to learn from home in Trashigang.
A teenager in her altar room with her books
Deki Choden, 17, of Dungtse Central School in Trashigang carries her books with her when she goes to herd cattle in the nearby forest.

Special Education Needs teachers have developed a routine for children with disabilities to ensure they are engaged with academic and functional activities. In some districts, teachers help clarify doubts for SEN students during home visits.

A child points to the lessons stuck on the door of his room
Sonam Wangchuk, 12, reads out the routine his SEN teacher gave him to follow when he is learning from home.
A teacher assists her student
Kinzang Wangdi, 20, a grade IX student of Autsho Central School gets his teacher's help to complete an assignment from home.

Nuns from Losel Yangchenling institute leave for their hostel after class in Yakpugang, Mongar. With the monastic school open, learning for most monks and nuns in the country has not been interrupted due to the pandemic. 

Child nuns walk out of their class with books
Nuns of Losel Yangchenling institute in Yakpugang, Mongar walk to their hostel nearby after the day's lesson.