She wants to be an engineer, this one, a 10-year-old with cropped hair wearing a nylon full kira
She wants to be an engineer, this one, a 10-year-old with cropped hair wearing a nylon full kira. She puts it in her journal. The classroom is a tiny one, like the little ones therein prattling, here at Dop-Shari gewog centre where students from pre-primary to four are learning together. In all, there are 10 of them.
Kinley Pelmo Gyeltshen, a student who returned home from the USA because of the Covid-19 pandemic, proposed to guide 10 students with e-learning. She had a bitter experience coping with online learning herself. She wanted to help these little kids. E-learning is a new concept in Bhutan. Primary students without “literate” guidance suffer the most.
From Shari, Kinley saw how the students were struggling with e-learning. So, along with her two cousins who are students of Ugyen Academy, identified the students whose parents are illiterate, lack guidance and do not own electronic gadgets.
Besides helping the students with regular assignments, the tutors engage the students with co-curricular activities such as drawing, dancing, reading and listening skills, among others.
Youth Development Fund and UNICEF help Kinley with the programme to guide remote learning.