Weston students launch Bhutan cultural exchange

From left, Jun Pritsker, Kei Pritsker, James Keeney, Julian Jacobs, Kuba Babinski, and Nathan Milne held a bake sale to raise funds for a Bhutanese student exchange.

From left, Jun Pritsker, Kei Pritsker, James Keeney, Julian Jacobs, Kuba Babinski, and Nathan Milne held a bake sale to raise funds for a Bhutanese student exchange.

A group of six Weston High School students will travel to Bhutan this summer as part of a Weston-Bhutan student cultural exchange through which they will teach Bhutanese students a variety of subjects, while living in Bhutan, a remote country between China and India.

Julian Jacobs, a junior at Weston High School, launched this program following a trip to Bhutan last summer in which he learned that the Royal Education Council of Bhutan was seeking to broaden the education of Bhutanese students by exposing them to Western culture.

The other Weston students participating in the program are Kuba Babinski, James Keeney, Nathan Milne, Jun Pritsker and Kei Pritsker.

Julian successfully recruited these Weston High School students to travel to Bhutan this summer to teach a variety of subjects under the supervision of Sonam Wangyel Wang, director of the Royal Education Council of Bhutan.

“We are delighted that these Weston High School students will be coming to Bhutan, so that our young people can benefit from this educational experience. We look forward to their arrival and hope this cultural experience will also give them a new and meaningful perspective on another part of the world,” said Dr. Wang.

During their month-long stay, the Weston students will teach American cultural studies in schools in Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, as well as in rural schools in Phunaka and Paro. Subjects may include American history, government, music, technology and literature.

Julian and his student team are also collecting textbooks and other school supplies that they plan to take to Bhutan. They plan to launch a fund-raising initiative this fall to enable a number of Bhutanese students to travel to Weston this coming winter.

“Our goal is to help Bhutan to educate students and to preserve its gross national happiness, which is what sets Bhutan apart from the rest of the world,” Julian said.

A blog and Facebook page will be set up ahead of the group’s departure. To contribute books or school supplies, contact Julian Jacobs at [email protected]

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