Welcome to the Paro 2024
International Symposium, “Reimagining Education from a GNH
Perspective”, hosted by the Paro College of Education.
The event is devoted to
exploring an education paradigm that represents education’s
highest potential. The symposium is designed to allow a
creative and collaborative space for meeting, sharing,
learning, and reimagining education in the 21st
century based on the framework of Gross National Happiness (GNH).
GNH is a Bhutanese
developmental paradigm that seeks to find a balance between
materialistic gains and sustainable and equitable human
development. The underlying principles are informed by a
holistic understanding of individuals, community, society,
ecology, and life.
In 2010, Bhutan’s Ministry of
Education introduced a whole country “Educating for GNH”
initiative. The program was designed to infuse GNH-based
values and principles, such as awareness, kindness, respect,
compassion, gratitude, and resilience, into all aspects of
school life. In retrospect, compared to the original vision,
the program has achieved limited outcomes, due to challenges
with implementation, program development, assessment,
scaling, and sustainability.
However, Bhutan is poised now
to engage in a renewed focus on GNH-based education. The
Royal University of Bhutan and Paro College of Education are
taking the lead to re-initiate an academic dialogue for
furthering understanding and action, based on the profound
philosophy of GNH, so that this framework can enhance the
quality of education for a better humanity.
We are looking forward to
connecting with like-minded scholars, educators, thought
leaders, institutes, organizations, and colleges, from
around the world. Together, we hope to weave new
professional networks, integrate our creative insights, and
activate and mobilize our collective wisdom for a better
future and world.