Bhutan Observer | March 29, 2014
The Prime Minister Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay launched the first iSchool initiative at Pelkhil School, Thimphu on March 29, 2014.
The iSchool Project was launched in cooperation with the Royal Government of Bhutan, Ministry of Education, Ericsson India and Bhutan Telecom Limited with the aim to make quality education accessible to all students studying in remote areas of Bhutan.
In his address at the launch, Lyonchhen said that the event is about private and government schools, corporate sectors in Bhutan and multinational corporations coming together and collaborating in harmony. Lyonchhen congratulated and thanked MoE for recognising and spearheading this new era of education.
Embracing this idea and rendering full support toward revolutionising the education system through ICT enabled learning environment will significantly uplift the quality of education in Bhutan, Lyonchhen spoke at the launch.
Lyonchhen stated that the launch of iSchool, implemented with a vision for making quality education accessible to students across Bhutan, marked the cutting edge of technology and education. Lyonchhen announced that iSchool initiative would spread throughout the country and all students in Bhutan would be able to interconnect and learn from each other.
Lyonchhen commended MoE and the partners for making this initiative possible and making iSchool a reality in Bhutan.
As a part of the program, Lyonchhen also launched the iClassroom and iSchool website.
Chris Houghton, Head of Region India, Ericsson said that the iSchool project is expected to bring the benefits of ICT for all students in Bhutan as well as other parts of the world. Interactive lessons will be given via live video conferencing and will allow for real-time engagement between students and faculty of various schools.
Ericsson has deployed video conferencing solutions and technology across one master school and five other participating schools. With Pelkhil School identified as the master school; Khasadrapchu, Khuruthang, Bajothang, Phuentsholing and Tendu schools are also participating in this electronic learning initiative.
The Prime Minister and Mr. Houghton also signed the MoU for implementation of iSchool project between Bhutan Telecom Limited, Ericsson India Pvt. Ltd. and MoE. Bhutan Telecom is providing high-speed broadband connectivity to connect all these schools.