His Majesty graces the launch of Na­tional Read­ing Year

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Tashi Deki

His Majesty The King graced the launch of the Na­tional Read­ing Year 2015, ini­ti­ated by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion. The Na­tional Read­ing Year is ded­i­cated to His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo, as part of His Majesty’s 60th Birth An­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

His Majesty The King granted an au­di­ence and Tokha to more than ten thou­sand stu­dents and teach­ers from Thimphu and Paro, who at­tended the event. The stu­dents and teach­ers were in­vited by the gov­ern­ment as a ges­ture of spe­cial thanks for their role in mak­ing the state vis­its of the In­dian Prime Min­is­ter and Pres­i­dent a huge suc­cess this year.

Ad­dress­ing the stu­dents, His Majesty said that if they strive to serve the coun­try in the fu­ture, look after their par­ents, and be­come strong and suc­cess­ful adults, stu­dents must gain sound ed­u­ca­tion.

“You must read about ev­ery­thing around 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 life long,” His Majesty said.

His Majesty also granted a spe­cial edi­tion of the book, “Prince Sid­dhartha- The Story of Bud­dha” as Soelra to the stu­dents.

The event in­cluded per­for­mances and a spe­cial drill by the Royal Bhutan Po­lice.

With the Na­tional Read­ing Year, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion aims to en­cour­age stu­dents to cul­ti­vate a read­ing habit. It seeks the support of fam­i­lies, teach­ers, and the me­dia to build a vi­brant read­ing cul­ture in Bhutan, and has planned sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the year, geared to­wards this end.

9th De­cem­ber 2014, His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen graced the launch of the Na­tional Read­ing Year 2015. The Na­tional Read­ing Pro­gramme was launched on so­cial me­dia, along with a sig­na­ture tune to en­cour­age read­ing.

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