Ugyen Tshering | Intern

The Department of Information and Media (DoIM) under the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) launched two animated Dzongkha nursery rhymes in Thimphu yesterday.

Information and Communications Lyonpo Karma Donnen Wangdi,  who launched the videos in a simple ceremony, said that these nursery rhymes would help students to improve their fundamental skills in learning.

DoIM Director Sonam Tenzin said, “The launching of such nursery rhymes will help the students improve Dzongkha and value our national etiquette.”

A press release from the ministry stated that these are a powerful source of learning in early literacy and will enable children to become interested in the rhythm and patterns of language.

“Bhutanese children today have easy access to the internet and are exposed to many foreign nursery rhymes. While these contents may positively impact children in developing their proficiency in the English language, our national language Dzongkha is ignored and has taken a back seat,” it stated.

The department, in line with its mandate, produced two nursery rhymes which are also part of class PP curriculum. DoIM plans to distribute these learning materials to all ECCDs and primary schools. The videos will be uploaded on YouTube and Facebook.

Edited by Tshering Palden