Contrasting to most of the Sherubtseans, the evening walk is of no cause for few students. They have a better job. Even so with a set of coursework these people spare a couple of hours to educate the people nearby. As the sun sets they walk out with a lesson plan to start off for the night. A total of 29 students are serving as a volunteer teacher for this year.
SSU (Social Service Unit) one of the well known club had it started seven years ago by teaching Basic English and Mathematics to the monks at Kanglung Shedra. The program takes place in the evening after the class hours, usually 6.30pm to 8pm.
The interested students have to undergo an interview by the coordinator of SSU and the council of members. The subject is being discussed with the community people before it is initiated. “So far we have been getting good feedbacks and appreciation from the monastic body and the people in the vicinity”, said Sonam Yeshi, the education coordinator, who regulates the program.
SSU aims not only to help the community through physical work but also by educating the society. SSU believes that educating is a noble profession and can reach out to many more by sharing knowledge. With similar aspiration, recently a tutorial class has been initiated for the pre-primary students. It is carried out on pilot basis at present. However SSU is with a hope that they would be successful.
“It is solely based upon my interest. I love to teach and it is an opportunity for me to serve the society”, said Dhan Bahadur Golay, a volunteer. Simultaneously, the children are also expecting for better performance with the supplementary classes. “My parents want me to learn the lessons that I have missed in the class”, said Ugyen Lhendrup, a class two student at Kanglung Primary School.
“Further, SSU is also planning to take winter classes for the schools in the eastern region. The students will be taught IT basics”, said Pema Tshewang of Dzongkha History 5th semester, who has been a dedicated member and is a recently elected coordinator to the unit. The volunteers are provided a recommendation letter and a certificate at the end of the tenure. The selected students serve as a teacher for two consecutive semesters. The selection is being held at the beginning of the academic session of every spring semester.
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P.S: Yet another news story on happenings at Sherubtse. Truly hopeful I am, that it would help friends of mine away from Kanglung to know a bit about the place. Thank you for dropping in. Wonderful week ahead :)