Friday, September 21, 2018

I have always been a lover of peace and will be so forever

Having never indulged in violence in my life, I would like to believe that I have been a peaceful person since my early childhood. My family-members and close friends might have seen me sad or desolate, but I think they have not seen me aggressive and violent so far. I don’t know whether I should call it my weakness or strength, but I have realized that I have not learned to be assertive and aggressive in my entire life. Many people who have crossed paths with me have even taken me for a ride, but I have always chosen to remain quiet and positive. I know that any retaliation would indeed do more harm than good. I am a kind of person who loves to live in harmony with everybody in the society but I have realized that things do not always happen as we wish.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The story of loss and grief in the animal world

Some weeks ago, a female dog in my office premises had lost the only puppy she had. Her pathetic cries and whines that filled the air all day and night were too painful for a human heart to process. I was told that she had even refused to eat when people brought her food. She was found wandering around the office, wailing and barking especially in the direction she had seen her puppy being taken. We had to ultimately locate and request the person who had taken the puppy to return it. The reunion instantly sparked a special glow of love and affection in the eyes of the mother-dog who had been running around for days to find her lost puppy. It was a very emotional moment for those of us who witnessed the entire scene. For those who humanize animals, it was the story of a heartbroken mother and her lost child.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The experience of publishing the first research article in the international journal

After more than a year of continued effort and dedicated team work, I and my friends have ultimately managed to publish our first research paper titled ‘Supporting Students with Disability in Schools in Bhutan: Perspectives from School Principals’ on 22nd August 2018 in the International Journal of Inclusive Education. I was very fortunate to have got the opportunity to work with a very competent team on this paper. Our group consisted of Dasho Ugyen Namgay, the Hon’ble Member of Parliament (NC) from Haa, Ms. Chokey Yangzom, a special education teacher of Changangkha Middle Secondary School, Ms. Sangay Choden, Dy. Chief Program officer of the Department of Adult and Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Mr. Karma Dorji, Senior Lecturer from Paro College of Education and me. We were first part of the Bhutanese delegation to attend the Australia Awards South and West Asia Regional Alumni Workshop on Inclusive Education in Kathmandu, Nepal in November 2016. It was during this workshop that we decided to do a research study in Bhutan to find out the impact of inclusive practices in schools with Special Educational Needs (SEN) programs. More importantly, we were blest to have the support of Prof. Suzanne Karington and Prof. Julie Nickerson from Queensland University of Technology in Australia who had been part of this project right from the beginning. Although this journey was long and winding, often zigzagging through difficult times, we have ultimately managed to catch our dream and the credit goes to all those who had been part of this journey including the two seasoned professors from Australia.