Monday, August 12, 2019

Gratitude to a fellow volunteer teacher On International Youth Day

Hi sangay, though this interview was done some months ago...i am sorry i couldnt find another note-worthy day to post your interview than today. Thus, please except this post as my expression of gratitute to you for rendering your service as a volunteer teacher at my school. May your spirit of volunteerism continue to benefit and inspire many young people towards self-less service.. 

1. Your life philosophy.

Life gets trickier every time we take a step forward but what must not be lost is the HOPE of being able to walk over all the obstacles life offers no matter how much courage it takes because we must 'live'our lives not just try and be a survivor of this beautiful world.

2. What the World need to know about your youth volunteer group?

We belong to the youth group known as Y-VIA (Young Volunteers In Action) which is under The Bhutan Youth Development Fund. It was initiated in March 2003 to support the efforts of YDF and to represent the youth in YDF activities. 

3.What made you choose Druk School to render your service as a volunteer teacher?

Thankfully Druk School was kind enough to allow 12 pass out students like us to volunteer and help the students of 7th and 8th grade when our Regional Coordinator of Y-VIA, Ma'am Jotshna Gurung (a teacher of YHSS and a parent of one of the students who studies in Druk) came to know about the shortage of teachers in this school during PTA and she took the initiative to ask us and write an application to the school to render our voluntary work like we always do wherever needed. That's how we got this wonderful opportunity to interact and learn with the students of Druk.

4. Your say on the student’s conduct and their aptitude and attitude towards their studies?

Students of Druk are impressive in their studies and also when it comes to communication skills. Their level of language (speaking and as well as writing) is honestly very good and I am quite surprised how good they are for this age. I am glad to tell that the teachers have done their best in being the inspiration for the students' achievements in their intellectual skills. 

5.What three things you see 'best' in druk school?  

First thing that I like about this school is how different the policies are that are almost as same as the outside countries which signifies our country's movement towards modernization even in the educational system. Next, I like the co-curricular activities the school offers to the students because that gives them the platform where students learn more than what's there in the textbooks and gives them the opportunity to explore and discover their passions. Lastly, I appreciate the policy of helping the primary students or rather the very young ones to reach their classes and carry their lunch boxes to their classes by the elder students. It's a good practice and that'd be a source of inculcating the sense of responsibility and volunteerism in the students. 

6. Three suggestions you may wish to submit for the betterment of the school.

I'd like to suggest the school to have more of life skill classes to all the students so that they not only grow academically but also morally. I feel like few students lack the knowledge of life and the people where they need to learn how to be selfless and have a better understanding of how to deal with people and their friends. If they are inttectually very good and do not have certain morals in life then I feel like they'll have a tough time to be a real grown global citizen. Topics like anger management, compassion, sense of belongingness, sense of responsibility and respectfulness must be reminded to them relating to practical experiences that occur in the community. 

7. What incident in your life prompt you into volunteerism?

Well, there really wasn't an incident which prompted me to take up this so-called 'volunteerism'. It just happened when my friend asked me if I wanted yo volunteer at a summer program that's conducted every year at YDF known as Golden Youth Award Camp. I was not really looking forward to that thing but somehow I thought I should give it a try. Then that was it- I was obsessed with volunteering. I met a lot of students there, got to experience new things in life and at the end of the program, it gave me a sense of satisfaction because it was worth the try. Then I started volunteering at other programs as well because I knew what it feels to be a volunteer and to render our services because in exchange we learn new life-changing skills that completely enhance our ability to be a part and to contribute to this society in small ways.

8. Your early schooling?
I studied at Etho Meto school, then at Rinchen Kuenphen Primary School till sixth grade and after that I went to Lungtenzampa Middle Secondary School where I studied till the tenth grade. Lastly, I studied my last school years at Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School till twelfth grade and graduated from YHSS in the year 2018.

9. Your academic persuades hence forth?
After this voluntary work, I'll be pursuing BA in English at Sherubtse College from July which was of course the program which I've always wanted to study. The beauty of English literature has captivated me for so long and now I would be finally exploring its beauty in depth.

10. And lastly , Your  advice to the students of Druk School.

I would like to convey this message to all the students of Druk School that life's gonna be real hard at times but what must not be forgotten is hope. Hope doesn't necessarily come with a paper with some instructions on it to move on with life but it lives within ourselves and what we have to do is look for it during the times of need. It's like a small spark but once when you find it, it radiates just like the sun with all its brightness. When you've actually found that small light, it gives you a reason to be strong and to move on, leaving all those miseries in the past. The will to try harder next time when you've failed in exams or when you've disappointed yourself and your parents, is hope. That very 'will' is the hope that takes you ahead with life. Therefore, no matter how tough life gets, just don't worry about it way too much. Make sure you learn from those mistakes and give your best the next time you do it. Study hard and chase your dreams!!!!

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🐎Visit again tomorrow at 730pm as i post another interview to mark the internation youth day, 2019. I shall post an interview with another volunteer teacher mr. Pranav(who still serves as a volunteer teacher here in our school)

Pranav, Sangay and their friemd yeshi had volunteered as substitute teachers while they were waiting for the commencement of their tertiary education.

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