The Bhutan National Commission for UNESCO in collaboration with Non-Formal and Continuing Education Division under Department of Adult and Higher Education, Ministry of Education launched the Bridge Bhutan Project, today. The launch was graced by Dasho Karma Yeshey, Hon’ble Secretary, Ministry of Education. Director General, DAHE, Chief of Divisions and relevant officials from the Ministry were in attendance.

The project is aimed at enhancing adult literacy and skills development in the country through the support of Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU), Republic of Korea under UNESCO National Commissions Partnership Programme for Sustainable Development Goal 4. The objective of the programme is to enhance access to quality education for educationally marginalized people through provision of non-formal education and also strengthen the capacity of partner countries with regard to providing non-formal education.

KNCU has been supporting Bhutan in achieving adult literacy since 2015 on an annual basis through various capacity building programmes and provision of teaching learning resources. However, for 2020 to 2024, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between KNCU, MoE and GNHC to support for the next five years in strengthening Non-Formal Education and Community Learning Centre programmes.

The Education Officers from Thimphu and Learners from Community Learning Centres and Non-Formal Education Centres took part in the program.