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The Ministry of Education (MoE) is readying for the 2020 target of achieving 100 percent adult literacy rate by strengthening the Non-Formal and Continuing Education Division (NFCED) programme.

It is doable, said director general of Department of Adult and Higher Education (DAHE), Tshewang Tandin. “But we will have to achieve the 2017 target first.”

MoE has some way to go to take the current 55.3 percent adult literacy rate to 70 percent by the end of 2017. Adult literacy baseline will be out in May.

Tshewang Tandin said that in order to achieve the 2017 target, DAHE will require rationalization of non-formal education centres. The department will also have to strengthen advocacy and awareness programmes to enhance enrolment.

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Education: With the first EducationUSA reference centre in the country, Bhutanese students who wish to study in the United States of America (USA) can now have access to accurate, current, and comprehensive information about educational institutions in the USA.

The first secretary for exchanges and education with the American Centre in New Delhi, Matthew K Asada, inaugurated the centre located at the Department of Adult and Higher Education (DAHE) in Thimphu yesterday.

DAHE’s director general, Tshewang Tandin, said that the USA is one of the sought after destinations for Bhutanese students.

“The small centre will guide the Bhutanese students who go for studies in the United States through government scholarships as well as those who go through self finance,” Tshewang Tandin said.

The centre has books, information and study materials for interested students.

Education: In a move to facilitate higher education for economically disadvantaged students, the Department of Adult and Higher Education (DAHE) has selected 123 students for the student loan scheme for tertiary education, taking the total number to over 323 in three years.

This year over 200 students applied for the tertiary education loan scheme, which was started in 2014. After much sorting out 123 economically disadvantaged students were selected.

“The students were asked to come with their parents and guardians for agreement signing and verification,” DAHE chief programme officer, Rinzin Wangmo said.

The loan will be released in two segments as tuition fees and living allowances.