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Curriculum for the Nuns of Bhutan. Presented by Bhutan Nuns Foundation. Big Idea. Education for nuns. Nuns need education on Life Skills and English language in order to connect and be part of the larger society.

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Curriculum for the Nuns of Bhutan

Presented by Bhutan Nuns Foundation


Big Idea

Education for nuns

Nuns need education on Life Skills and English language in order to connect and be part of the larger society.

  • Even though they are interested in learning but they do not have qualified teachers to teach them.

According to one of the nuns “with the change of time, education is very important”. For example, whatever we do and wherever we go English has become one of the most essential language of communication throughout the world. Therefore, we would like to learn how to read, write and speak English. If we do not know how to speak English, we feel out of place in the society”.


For the nuns to continue upholding their essential role integrated in communities, we need to provide a well rounded education and learning opportunities in addition to their daily Buddhist studies. Learning basic life skills and English language will help them in connecting with the outside world and will give them the confidence to help others in communities around them.



  • No qualified teachers
  • All taught in very old traditional
  • method
  • Not immediately relevant to everyday
  • life
  • Lack of relevant teaching and
  • learning materials
  • There is an urgent need for English
  • lesson in their curriculum


  • Establish a relevant English language curriculum for the nunneries
  • Hire an experienced teacher (preferably a retired female teacher/s) who will develop units and rotate between nunneries and teach the nuns with relevant life skills and English language in an integrated manner (e.g. 1 months at a time, 3 hours per day 5 days per week, for one thematic unit such as healthy mind and heart)

Find a suitable time to incorporate the curriculum with their syllabus/routine in a simple manner so that the students will understand and participate.- Provide the nunneries with teaching learning materials



Mind and Heart

Mind :- For thinking, rationalizing and making decisions. Mostly refers to intellectual abilities.

Heart:- Relates to love, emotions and feelings.


Essential Questions

  • What is the difference between mind and heart?
  • Can it be possible to use only the mind and not the heart?
  • Why is it important to balance heart and mind?
  • How do you make your Heart and Mind Work Together?

What happens when we get stressed?

  • How are we going to cope with stress? (e.g. First aid and go through the book on “where there is no doctor”.

Know, Understand, Do

  • The students will be able to know what heart and mind is all about. From both spiritual and scientific point of view.
  • They will understand the function of both heart and mind and the importance of balancing the two.
  • They will start paying attention when, where and how they use their heart and mind in their daily lives.

They will make healthy choices.

  • They will use English language as a means for access to relevant health materials and sharing their knowledge with the communities around them.
  • The students create and maintain a health profile for themselves.


  • Mind map-how to connect mind and heart (e.g. mind towards intellectual and heart toward feelings and emotions). Ask the students what the intellectual mind does and how it is important to connect with the heart. Divide the students in small groups and let them brainstorm about the difference between the mind and the heart and have them share what they think to the big group. Guide them to understand that it is important to balance both intellectual mind and the emotional feelings that comes from heart. Let them understand the consequences of mind not connecting with the heart breads to arrogant).

Discuss the term “Needs” and “Wants”. It can be by playing Card games. Thumps up to need and thumps down to wants. Let the students think whether it is the mind that demands or the heart.

  • Mindful meditations- Have the students meditate on what we need and want. Have the students do meditations on someone with whom you have difficulties. Do you forgive with your mind or heart.

Story telling about flowers in terms of making offerings of flowers with pure mind and heart. Talk about the importance of motivation. Talk about how motivation matters regardless of the size of the offerings we make.

  • As a result, they can maintain a flower garden. Have the students make cards with the flowers they have grown and sell them.

We who are like senseless Children Shrink from suffering,But love it’s causes.We hurt ourselves; our pain is self-inflicted!Why should others be the object of our anger?Shantideva