Uninterrupted access to education during COVID-19
The Gross National Happiness Commission Secretariat signed an agreement with HELVETAS Bhutan to support the Ministry of Education of Bhutan to reach digitally disadvantaged students who are without or have limited access to TV and internet-based learning.
The aim is to ensure that hard-to-reach and digitally disadvantaged children and youth have uninterrupted access to learning. Ngultrum 10 million has been committed to directly support the initiatives of the Ministry of Education (MoE) in line with 12th FYP of MoE and strategy of Education in Emergency (EiE).
The support is based on agreement signed between Swiss Cooperation Office India, Embassy of Switzerland, and HELVETAS Bhutan. The fund comes from a special COVID-19 and Education funding window launched by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland.
Helvetas has also made contribution of about Nu.2.5M to COVID-19 Response Fund towards supporting youth in vocational skills sector during COVID-19.