UNICEF’S Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor vis­its Jigme Losel pri­mary school

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The Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of UNICEF, An­thony Lake, who was on a four day of­fi­cial visit in the king­dom, vis­ited Jigme Losel Pri­mary school last Wed­nes­day where he met with the stu­dents of the school. The pur­pose of the visit was to learn if stu­dents are ben­e­fit­ted by the sup­port from UNICEF to the school so far. Jigme Losel Pri­mary school gained recog­ni­tion af­ter the wash pro­gramme which started in 2008 and which still is in prac­tice.

The stu­dents pre­sented on wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion and hy­giene man­age­ment which col­lec­tively is known as wash pro­gramme be­fore the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor. The UNICEF funded pro­gramme which started in 2008 has grown over the years. With the sup­port from UNICEF, the school now has six unit toi­lets separately for girls. This in­deed has en­hanced the san­ity and im­proved the at­ten­dance of se­nior girls.

Some of the stu­dents who shared their views with BT said that they are thank­ful to UNICEF for such sup­port. “Me and my friends will re­main eter­nally grate­ful to Mr. An­thony Lake and UNICEF for making our lives com­fort­able and mean­ing­ful’’, said Sonam Wangmo, a class three stu­dent.

The school was also pro­vided with new toi­let pots for each com­mon toi­let and four wa­ter tanks for the school only had one tank prior to the UNICEF aided tanks. Tsh­er­ing Lham, the health co­or­di­na­tor of the school said that the wa­ter tanks came as a res­cue for it en­sured con­tin­ued sup­ply of wa­ter which helped to keep stu­dents neat. She says that she is in­deed grate­ful to Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor for his con­tri­bu­tions to the school. ‘’ The in­tel­lec­tual of stu­dents have im­proved ever since the wash pro­gramme and we owe so much to UNICEF’’.

Mr. An­thony talk­ing to the stu­dents said that His majesty was right when he said that the youth are fu­ture of Bhutan. He also af­firmed that UNICEF would con­tinue to sup­port Bhutanese chil­dren so long as they need.

The school felt rather priv­i­leged and hon­oured for be­ing the school of Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor’s choice.

Af­ter the visit, the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor met with the Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Depart­ment of School Ed­u­ca­tion, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Depart­ment of Adult and Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Depart­ment Youth and Sports, and other of­fi­cials at the Min­istry and dis­cussed on achieve­ments, chal­lenges, and ar­eas of fur­ther col­lab­o­ra­tion and sup­port in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

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