"ELC" stands for "Educating for Lifelong Citizenship." Since Saturday, we have been staying on this beautiful campus in the hills above the capital city, Thimphu. We are hosted by the amazing Mme. Deki and her wonderful staff.
The "Media" group learns about public television from popular travelogue show host, Sangye Choiphel (third from left, front row), at the hip "Café Incomplete" in downtown Thimphu. His show, Nazhoen Express, educates Bhutanese about the rich culture of their own country and has given people from around Bhutan a sense of pride about their small villages and distinctive cultural practices. (Mme Deki, ELC Principal extraordinaire, second from left!) (Students, from L to R: Sonam, Skylar, Alex, David, Samara, Ishaan, Kunchok, Miraya, Choiying; plus Ms. Staffaroni!)
The "Environment" group visits the Bhutan Toilet Organization to become inspired about the importance of access to clean toilets. In the center, director Passu Tshering spoke of his passion for his work, after changing careers from being a science teacher to directing this important effort. (From L to R: Menday, Trisha, Tenzin, Rabsel, Karma, Tashi, Mr. Passu, Hugo, Ms. Strong, Kelly, Claudine, Mme. Deki.)