"Reimagining Education From a Gross National Happiness Perspective" International Symposium, Bhutan
TWCF Number
33109
Project Duration
April 12 / 2024
- April 12 / 2025
Core Funding Area
Big Questions
Region
Asia
Amount Awarded
$100,000

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Director
Kezang Sherab
Institution Royal University of Bhutan

This Global Symposium aims to initiate a global dialogue on Gross National Happiness (GNH) -Based Education amongst global leaders, scholars and practitioners. It plans to discuss its impacts and experiences, to promote the GNH being incorporated into education, to translate GNH principles into actionable strategies for educators and students, to bridge policy visions with ground realities, to enhance the evidence base for holistic education that supports the full development of children rooted in GNH, to translate GNH principles into actionable strategies for educators and students, bridging policy visions with ground realities, and to enhance the evidence base for holistic education, explore best practices and foster global collaboration. 

By integrating research outcomes with practical and policy discussions, the symposium aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice, ensuring that GNHE principles are grounded in solid evidence and can be effectively implemented in educational settings worldwide. The long-term goal is to establish an International Institute for GNH Based Education in the Paro College of Education. 

This symposium represents a crucial step towards integrating Gross National Happiness principles into education, aiming for a world where educational systems contribute significantly to human flourishing. It also aligns significantly with His Majesty The King of Bhutan's innovative initiative to establish Gelephu as the world's first Mindfulness City. It embodies the GNH values by promoting sustainable development, well-being, and happiness through education, thereby reinforcing the city's vision to be a vibrant economic hub that harmonizes economic growth with the spiritual and cultural heritage of Bhutan.

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