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A Year of Growth, Happiness, and Reading in Bhutan

“You must read about everything around you – not just subjects that interest you. You must learn about current events, history, science, culture and people around the world- the pursuit of knowledge must be lifelong.” – His Majesty the Fifth Druk Gyalpo In order to be effective, learning must go beyond repetitive tasks and curriculum. […]

Generous Grant from Australia To Fund New Training Programs

Embarking in a new partnership that will inspire economic prosperity for generations to come, READ Bhutan is the proud recipient of a generous grant from the Australian government’s Direct Aid program. The $21,575 AUD (approximately $15,500 USD) grant will go directly to READ Bhutan’s skill enhancement training program for women, which will train 90 women […]

New READ Centers Launched in India and Bhutan

We have some exciting updates for you! Thanks to dedicated supporters like you, along with the hard work of our tireless field staff, we’re proud to announce that READ Global has opened three new READ Centers in India and Bhutan. Our new center in the Yangthang village is Bhutan’s 7th READ center, which will provide […]

A Library for my Village in Bhutan for National Reading Year

This is a guest post by blogger Passang “Passu” Tshering about the inauguration of National Reading Year in Bhutan in 2015, and the launch of the Yangthang READ Center. The original post can be found on his blog, PassuDiary.com – Journal of an Ordinary Bhutanese. “You must read about everything around you- not just subjects […]

Volunteering for Environmental and Social Change

This blog post was written by Sara Mitsinikos, who volunteered with READ in Bhutan and India in the summer of 2014. Our world is globalizing at an increasingly rapid pace, impacting everything from local economies, to social norms around gender, to the environment. These changes impact people around the world – including rural villagers in […]

Tackling illiteracy through libraries in Asia

“My parents are farmers. They don’t know how to read and write,” said 10-year-old Thinley Pelzom, from rural Bhutan. Growing up in this extremely remote Himalayan Kingdom, access to education is limited for villagers like her: 36% of public schools are not accessible by road, and around half of Bhutanese adults are illiterate. On Sept. […]

Understanding Your Body – A Practical Guide to Women’s Health in Bhutan

With limited health education available to them, many women in Bhutan do not know basic health and hygiene skills. Some health issues are taught in schools, such as hand washing and cleanliness, but subjects like menstrual health are never part of the school curriculum. Furthermore, 55% of women are illiterate and never attended school, and […]

Video: Women Represent in the “Happiest Place” – Bhutan

In Bhutan, the Himalayan Kingdom renowned for the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH), half the population has reason to be less than satisfied. Women generally do not hold leadership positions in the country – only 7% of elected officials are female, and decision-making in families and communities is typically dominated by men.   Watch […]

Preventing Alcoholism through Art in Bhutan

Alcoholism is a challenging problem around the world. In Bhutan, most farmers brew their own liquor and responsible drinking is accepted as part of its culture. However with the challenges of modernization, excessive drinking that leads to alcoholism is a growing issue with a long-term adverse impact. We believe that the Bhutan’s youth are the […]

Addressing Community Needs Through ICT4D

A version of this article originally appeared on the website of one of READ’s partner organizations, IREX, and is written by Alex Pompe, who traveled to Bhutan in 2013 as an ICT advisor to READ Global. READ Global seeks to learn how to effectively partner with local information communications technology (ICT) capacity in India, Nepal, […]

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