My Green School – Book By Bhutanese Educator Thakur S Powdyel, Expected To Be Taught In Schools Across Japan

Email

Professor Miwako Hosoda believes that ‘My Green School’ will be of much interest to students, educators and researchers.

(Source: Kuensel)

 

By Needrup | Zangpo Kuensel

A five-year-old book born in Bhutan sees a Japanese incarnation.

‘My Green School’, a book by a Bhutanese educator, Thakur S Powdyel, has been translated into the Japanese language and is expected to be taught in schools across Japan.

A fine user of the English language and a respected teacher, Thakur S Powdyel is a recipient of the Gusi Peace Prize for his life-time contribution to education, the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize, in 2011. He has also won the Global Education Award for his outstanding contribution to education in 2012 and a Distinguished Service Award in 2016.

 

Source: BBS

 

Thakur S Powdyel, who had also served as Bhutan’s Education Minister, says his book was written to support the implementation of ‘Educating for Gross National Happiness’, an educational reform initiative launched in 2009.

Reasons why Professor Hosoda chose to translate the book and use it for teaching in Japan

The book was translated by a Japanese professor, Miwako Hosoda, who is also the Vice President of Seisa University in Japan. It took her two years to translate the book.

She believes that ‘My Green School’ will be of much interest to students, educators and researchers.

The book has been published by Seisa University and it presents the original English text and Japanese translation side by side in an airy layout with space for notes.

There are also pictures from both Bhutan and Japan as well as some illustrations. The 124-page book is much bigger and more colourful than the original Bhutanese edition.

 

Source: Social Science Research Council

 

The professor, in her afterword, says that the book is packed with educational philosophies and that there is a lot that the Japanese, who tend to prioritise GDP and academic performance, can learn from Bhutan.

The book derives its inspiration from the holistic development ideals of ‘Gross National Happiness’. It presents eight holistic elements- Natural, Social, Cultural, Intellectual, Academic, Aesthetic, Spiritual and Moral Greenery.

 “For me, to have my book translated into a great language of a great people is not only deeply humbling but greatly inspiring,” Thakur S Powdyel said.

Messages which Thakur S Powdyel aims to spread through his book

“It is not only my message that ‘My Green School’ tries to communicate. It is the message of my country. It is the message of Bhutan because deep at the heart of ‘My Green School’ is the great vision of development called Gross National Happiness, articulated and gifted to us and the world by His Majesty the Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck.”

 

Source: Satokans.club

 

The author says that education, which was once regarded as a noble sector by the wise, has over the time, been reduced to a mere acquisition of knowledge and certificates.

“Today, education systems across the world are deficient in many respects. They prepare people for careers, factories, corporations and the job market. But life is more than that. And we must be able to prepare young men and women not only to be career conscious but also good human beings,” the author added.

The deeply meditative book presents multiple dimensions of education in the form of the ‘Sherig (education) Mandala’.

“So, in ‘My Green School’, it depicts the major claims on teaching and learning. I believe we have a kind of a paradigm for holistic education. In a nutshell, the book presents the major elements that I believe holistic education ought to have.”

 

Source: Adayroi

 

Besides the Japanese edition, the book has also been translated into four other languages - Spanish, Catalan, Vietnamese and German.

The German edition is yet to be published while the Vietnamese edition was rated among the top five translated works in the country in 2016. It is taught as part of the curriculum in Hoa Sen University in Vietnam.

 

This article first appeared in Kuensel and has been edited for the Daily Bhutan.

 


Related Posts

Japanese Volunteers Taught Football Skills To Some Young Monks...

Held on World Children’s Day on 20 November, the programme was spearheaded by the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers...

Nov 24, 2018 06:06

Japanese Students Impressed With Charm And Communal Spirit Of...

A week away from their gadgets and highly networked world, the students said that the trip has given them a chance to...

Oct 01, 2018 16:31

The Next Guardian – First Bhutanese Documentary Film To Be...

This is the first time a documentary film from Bhutan will be screened in Japanese theatres.

Jul 31, 2018 11:26

JICA to Reconstruct Passang Zam in Gelephu

The deputy representative said that the replacement of the existing bridge will not only benefit the hydropower projects...

Jan 07, 2018 12:20

JICA signs agreements with GNHC and REC

Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC), Royal Education Council (REC), and Japan International Cooperation Agency...

Aug 18, 2017 10:18

Research Done By Bhutanese Artists To Revive Ancient Culture Of...

Artists Penjor Dorji and Norbu Tshering are about to complete a research on using natural pigments to create artworks in...

Nov 29, 2018 07:51

Latest

News

Dharma King of Bhutan augment enormous respect for the magnanimity and compassionate act during Lockdown.

And nation strengthens solidarity during Lockdown period.

Aug 14, 2020 00:31

Bhutan imposes nationwide COVID-19 lockdown

Bhutan is currently on lockdown, an unprecedented event in Bhutan's recent history.

Aug 12, 2020 15:53

Features

View from the Sky For Every Travellers Flying into Bhutan

Despite Boeing ranking Paro airport as 'one of the world's most difficult for takeoffs and landings, the views over the clear blue waters...

Aug 06, 2020 14:25

Thousands of Bhutanese signed up as DeSuups during COVID-19 Pandemic

While COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of inconveniences, challenges, and uncertainties to individuals, it did not deter the Bhutanese to...

Aug 04, 2020 15:45

Sports

Football clubs in Bhutan gearing up for Bhutan Premier League (BPL) 2020

Bhutan Premier League (BPL), the top national football tournament in Bhutan is set to commence on August 1.

Jul 24, 2020 14:33

Karma – Female Archer From Bhutan Qualified For Tokyo 2020 Olympic Quota

Karma has been specialising in Olympics-style archery since 2009.

Nov 30, 2019 13:18

Business

Are Local Vendors Earning More Money Than the Civil Servant?

A Farmer from Lango, Paro gave up farming to be vendor while office goers are switching into agriculture as the remedy to curb their...

Jul 27, 2020 19:15

Once the booming Handicraft Shops in Paro Dying- Paro Today

Paro town looks so different in its history as tourist destination in Bhutan.

Jun 24, 2020 16:58

Travel

The Longest Urban Hiking Trail from PangriZampa to Lungtenphu, Thimphu

This trail is a less explored pocket of paradise for trekkers and wanderers who are in search of natures hospitality and solitude away from...

Aug 05, 2020 10:40

Tomorrow is the Most Auspicious Day of the Year at Paro Taksang.

Even before the gilded door to this holy site is open, pilgrims from all walks of life from all over the country flock to Paro to hike up...

Jul 19, 2020 20:53

Lifestyle

Food on Wheels- First of its kind in Bhutan

The World's Largest Fast Food Restaurant Chains doesn't exist in Bhutan.

Mar 04, 2020 09:39

Amazing Stories from the Eastern Part of Bhutan

You can't say you have visited the eastern part of Bhutan unless you have experienced the following bizarre things.

Mar 02, 2020 19:02

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!

Download Daily Bhutan Mobile App

Connecting with us just got easier!