Bhutan: Education

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Tucked away in the Eastern Himalayas is the small mountain kingdom of Bhutan. It was virtaually unknown to the Western world until the 20th century. Until this time there was no secular education. A small number of boys were schooled in Budhist monastaries. Western secular education was introduced by Bhutan's first mpdern king, Ugyen Wangchuck (1907-26). The British helped set up the royal government. Education was, howver, very limited. Private schools were set up in Ha and Bumthang. More private schools began to operate (1950s), with and without Government support (1950s). This brough some secular schooling to the major district towns. Is it at this time the Government beagan the first tentative steps to build a public school system. One source reports 29 government and 30 private primary schools, educating about 2,500 children (late-1950s. There were no secondary schools. To continue their education, young people had to go to neighboring India. The Government moved to gain comntrol of private schools, reprtedly to impriove education standards (1960s). The first majo effort to fond a public school system was the First Development Plan (1961-66). Education authorities reported 108 primary schools with some 15,000 students.

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  • British Preparatory Schools: A photographic book depicting life at British preparatory schools during the 1980s. Most of the schools are English or Scottish, but schools in Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, and Ulster are also included. The pictures show the uniforms worn at many different schools.
  • New Zeeland Schools: A photographic E-book depicting life at New Zeeland schools
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