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2nd Annual Research Symposium & Environmental Fair

photo 1The Bhutan Ecological Society (BES) successfully hosted its Second Annual Research Symposium & Environmental Fair on 21-23 August in Thimphu, Bhutan. The 3-day education and outreach programme drew large crowds and great public interest, thanks to the support and active participation of Thimphu schools and 25 organizations including universities, government agencies, green businesses and CSOs.

His Excellency, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Minister of Agriculture and Forests, opened the programme on 21 August with a welcome speech emphasizing the importance of economic growth hand-in-hand with protecting the intact ecosystems that Bhutan’s forefathers gifted to all future generations. During its 2014 Annual General Meeting that day, the Society inaugurated the new members of its five Working Committees:  Science & Policy, Publications, Outreach & Education, Universities Liaison, and Awards. With the formal establishment of these committees, BES seeks to actively integrate across sectors for the stewardship of Bhutan’s natural environment.

2-IMG_3877The next day, a full-day research symposium featured talks by 20 participants and two primary  schools. Children from Early Learning Centre, Thimphu, and from Jigme Losel Primary School,  gave presentations on how they are practicing environmental conservation on a daily basis in their homes and schools. The day’s programme also included a morning poster session, with  participants answering questions about their conservation work in Bhutan. For student research  talks, 1st place award was given to Tenzin and 2nd place to Kezang Gaden, both from Sherubtse  College. Best student poster was awarded to Tashi, a 2014 graduate of the College of Natural Resources.

The final day of the programme was held in Clock Tower Square, on 23 August, with1-IMG_4050 BES President Dasho Paljor J. Dorji inspiring a crowd of more than 500 to take individual responsibility for protecting our environment. Throughout the day, families and children enjoyed hands-on environmental art projects; life-sized displays of animals; recycled art demonstrations by school children; interactive wildlife research exhibitions; educational games; and all-day singing and dance performances. In the evening, BES sponsored an open-air screening of local environmental films.

The Bhutan Ecological Society was started in 2010 by the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment. Under the active leadership of its President Dasho Paljor J. Dorji and Royal Patron HRH Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck, BES has grown to become a consortium of more than 600 members from 9 countries, with a common vision for an environmentally sustainable future. Bhutan Foundation has been the primary sponsor for the Society since the inception of BES. More information about the Society and its programs are available at http://www.bhutanecologicalsociety.org.bt.

 

Bird Web App-Bhutan

Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 10.18.18 AMThe Ugyen Wangchuck Institute of Conservation and Environment launched a web app on birds of Bhutan for all birders and conservation enthusiasts around the world. This multi-media platform will enable people, especially to those who plan to visit Bhutan for birding, to learn about the birds of Bhutan.

The web app was initiated in collaboration with the Bhutan Foundation, Mobulz and Tourism Council of Bhutan.

SEN Summer Conference 2014: Building an Effective Education Needs School

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July 30 2014, The Bhutan Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and members from the United States Special Education Advisory team held a three-day Special Education Needs (SEN) summer conference in Thimphu for all SEN schools in the country. The conference will be attended by a selective group of officials, administrators, SEN school principals, Special Education Needs Coordinators (SENCOs), teachers and Bhutan Foundation staffs. 

The focus of this year’s summer conference will be based on the theme of “building an effective education needs school” expressed through the following guiding principles:Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 11.06.59 AM

- Effective leadership is important for sustainable implementation of the SEN Program.

- Inclusive models are focused on a child-centered approach to meet each individual child’s changing needs.

- All teachers are SEN teachers.

- Strong literacy instruction is essential for students with learning difficulties.

The honorable Secretary from the Ministry of Education, Aum Sangay Zam, and Director General, Karma Yeshey opened the three-day conference.