Sunday, July 15, 2012

CDW Part 2: Ministry of Labor

We did our very best to give each of our participating organizations individual and personal attention. Whenever we broke into Lesson Planning Sessions, one of our resource people would be assigned to a group, sit with them, observe them, and really listen to the issues they face so that we could provide the most relevant assistance. The original plan was to have them rotate every so often but the NFE group quickly bonded with Jackie Mitchell of the Shambhala School and she ended up spending the whole workshop with them. We found that combination of Pawan-ji with the teachers from the Royal Education Council government seed schools created a healthy challenge. Randi Dickson worked closely with the Bhutan Nuns Foundation and REC, though she brought her patience and expertise to the tables of nearly every group. Evan Moss also pitched in with her thoughtful and optimistic support, always there when she was needed. Meanwhile, the crack team from the Ministry of Labor and Human Resources Vocational Training was extremely adept at synthesizing the content sessions into their group work and often didn't need our help at all! We would observe them in awe as they swiftly came up with a most impressive plan. It also soon became apparent that the Bhutan International School of Hospitality and Tourism could easily fold into the vocational training group and a good partnership between the two was struck. 

Ministry of Labor and Human Resources, Vocational Training 

Mission: A nation where all its citizen have the opportunity for a gainful and quality employment characterized by harmonious and productive relationship in the workplace and the broader community.

Kinley, Norbu, and Karma from MoLHR,
Chencho from BISHT
with Evan Moss in the middle.
The Ministry of Labor and Human Resources sent an excellent team of four Program Officers and three instructors from its Technical Training department to address issues they face in educating the labor sector. They joined forces with Chencho Tshering from the Bhutan International School of Hospitality and Tourism (BISHT) to create a concrete plan that will change the way vocational trainees begin their education at MoLHR institutions.
Presentation on the final day.

They identified their main issue as dignity of labor. A unit that helps students understand themselves, recognize their strengths and weaknesses and set clear goals for their futures might help them navigate the rest of their training with more dignity.

They developed one sample lesson plan that asks students to identify one of their heros, whether they be in the family, local heroes, mythical heroes or someone from the media. They will be asked to reflect what types of characteristics those heroes have through a number of activities that are designed to bring out their various skills and strengths based on Dr. Tho's multiple intelligence model. Mindfulness practice will also be introduced. The team, saying late almost every night, actually developed about ten lesson plans but only shared the one with the group because of time contraints. We are very much looking forward to seeing more from this dedicated group.

Karma giving a presentation of the issues
MoLHR faces early in the week.
The team is going to propose that MoLHR introduce a new 1 week intensive for new students at the beginning of each year, with follow up 2-3 hours per week thereafter. The pilot project will begin at 3 vocational training centres, or what they now are calling Technical Training Institutions, beginning in August 2013, which will give them enough time to fully develop the unit and train instructors. Meanwhile, BISHT will begin implementation on a small scale immediately.

Again, many thanks to Kinley Wangmo, Ugyen, Norbu Dema, Karma Lhazom, Leky Dorji, Khandu, Kinley Gyeltsen and also to Mr. Karma and their Director for their unwavering dedication and hard work.

Download the MoLHR unit here:

Next up...The Royal Education Council Thimphu and Paro, Bhutan Nuns Foundation, and Tarayana Foundation.

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