The World’s Most Remote School
- Pawo Choyning Dorji
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Namgay Dorji teaches maths to his two students, Dorji Choden and Chimi Dem, at the Tshojong ECR (Extended Classroom) in Lunana. The school is probably the world’s most remote school.
In Namgay’s own words: “Our School is the only ECR in the region, so some children come from other villages that are quite far. We provide free lunch as an incentive for the families to send their children to school. Most parents are busy with their farming and herding duties so they send their children to school on their own. Some of these children have to walk for over an hour to get here. School is supposed to start at 9 am but sometimes these children don’t get here even by 11 am. I then have to set off looking for them. Since the walk between home and school is a long one, I usually find them distracted and covered in dust and dirt playing amongst themselves somewhere along the walk. They would have totally forgotten about school. I have to collect them, bring them to school, teach them their lessons, feed them lunch and then make sure they get back home before dark.”
Namgay has been doing this willingly for the last seven years. He admits it is a “difficult post” but has requested the government to keep him there even though he has the liberty to seek a more comfortable posting.
“It’s a beautiful experience being a teacher here,” he says. “I am happy and content.”
This story was shared by Pawo Choyning Dorji on his facebook page and these many stories of teachers stationed at some of the most remote places in Bhutan have inspired his upcoming film, Circling the Cypress.