Learning in BhutanLatest update August 4, 2019 Started on July 28, 2019
Bhutan is a carbon negative country that is working towards Gross National Happiness. A large part of Bhutan is forested and over a 3rd is conservation land. I will be teaching in Bhutan and visiting to learn more.
What to bring?
It is always an interesting experience to pack supplies. The information in any guide book or planning advice always begins with the statement- do not pack too much. —The less you pack the better— The list of supplies that then are suggested to bring as important items is often extended off the page. Each item is laid out and weighted metaphorically and physically. Will this fit? Will this actually be important? Can I truly live without?
Of course the general reader will glaze over the list enclosed. Making me think as a teacher, what truly do we find important in information. So often or students are given lists of information told this is important. In our modern world there is so much information to consider. What is truly worth taking along in our journey of life. What will be the long extent of information and what is that list that becomes important to what you can bring along with your for your happiness and survival.
Like a packing list so much information now can be found along the way. Why memorize the capitals of all the countries when you can google it? Why bring that towel along the way when I can buy one (for probably cheaper) once I’m there? A key factor in both is the economic foundation to do so.
So for those of you who are looking for information and not my pontification on learning and packing- here is what I brought: too much stuff!
Preparation for any new endeavour is often full of the balance of weighing (physically and metaphorically) the supplies, knowledge, considerations needed. After seeing a post 10 years ago about the country of Bhutan I am excited and full of trepidation to be spending the summer teaching in a school there.
When entering into a new country/ project/ endeavour there is the consideration of positive intentions. Years ago I watched a video called “schooled” that questioned the first world value of education and wondered if coming in and teaching would take away from the traditions, beliefs and knowledge. History has shown that education can have devastating impacts. Should I engage in this?
It took me years to contemplate this. I enter into this project having had a discussion with someone in Burma who asked that if someone is asking for information and a teacher to visit, should I withhold that sharing. He questioned if I would want to stay as a traditional lifestyle and not have the change to choose modern information and approaches. So with respect and wanting to learn as much as I am sharing (in-fact I will learn more), I step into Bhutan.
I am an elementary school teacher interested in connecting natural spaces with students discovery. This month I will be visiting Bhutan to teach in an elementary school. My goal is to learn more about the local views and approach to conservation, happiness and learning.
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