UNICEF’S Executive Director visits Jigme Losel primary school
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.