Bhutan has made a quantum progress in socio-economic development and improvement of the health, welfare and the livelihood of its people. This is made possible because of the national visions articulated by Their Majesties the Kings. Education has played a crucial role at the heart of all these transformations. However, with the emerging times with associated challenges and opportunities, the relevance, contexts and quality of education needs to be streamlined, strengthened and made relevant.
Further, Bhutan Vision 2020 document envisages an education that inculcates an awareness of the nation’s unique cultural heritage and ethical values as well as universal values that develop the capacity of the young people. This requires a system of Wholesome Education that grooms the citizens to become knowledgeable, skillful, creative, enterprising, mindful, reflective, confident, and capable of responding to the emerging national and global challenges.
Therefore, the Ministry of Education has taken several initiatives to reform the education systems aimed at improving the quality. One of the critical factors towards quality improvement hinges on the competencies, motivations and commitment of the teachers. Hence, in keeping with 2016 being declared as the ‘Teacher Development Year’ by Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bhutan on 2nd May 2016 coinciding with the Teachers’ Day, the Ministry of Education is embarking on providing training on ‘Transformative Pedagogy’ to all the teachers of the country.
The training on Transformative Pedagogy, an adaptation from Kagan’s Cooperative Learning Structures, is designed to help the teachers reorient to the philosophical foundations behind education and learning; and provide the required tools and skills that teachers can use on a daily basis in the classroom. The skills acquired by teachers through the five days’ training shall facilitate in heralding an interactive and robust class culture that will help groom students to be confident and competent who can also adapt and adopt to any situations.
The training content and structure is designed and delivered collaboratively by the practicing teachers, researchers, trainers and experts from the Royal Education Council, Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment and the Ministry of Education.