Today the 24th of April, 2015 is Sunshine School Poetry Tribute Day celebrating the 60th Birth Anniversary of the Jewel of men His Majesty the 4th Druk Gyalpo. The event was graced by Her Majesty Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. Her Majesty is an accomplished author and a lover of poetic literature.
The guests were impressively entertained by the recitations of array of Poems and Proverbs in English and Dzongkhag sprinkled with songs by the young souls of Sunshine School. You had to see to believe and admire what young minds can be coached to perform. Each class from PP to VI performed turn wise on the stage. And every group displayed its own charm and skill of articulation and expression. As one watched the lines of different class groups ( PP to VI ) silently and sweetly file in to take their place on the stage, one could feel the nervous excitement and pride of each individual student.
Once on the stage, what was most visible was the tremendous coaching efforts that the teachers had invested into their pupils our children and grandchildren. They then greeted the Queen mother and other guests before reciting their poems or proverbs with sparkling countenance and innocent ease and again gracefully bowing out to exit the stage in single orderly file not in regiment rigidity but in soft orderly shuffle of eager tender feet.
As I watched the whole show, it dawned upon me what really constituted wholesome education. The crux of education is grooming from early stage to bring out the best in the most enjoyable and participatory manner. Every student, each class and all teachers collectively participated to stage a poetic show in celebration of the 60th Birth Anniversary of the King who sacrificed his youth and prime life to nuture to blossom the full potential of his people and kingdom.
The theme was ' SUNSHINE Celebrates LIFE through Poetry '. And a celebration it was as both Ministers of Education and Health and few other guests joined Sunshine School students in the recitation of Poems and even contributing to the wealth of Bhutanese proverbs.
The celebration with Sunshine gracefully concluded with the recitation of the Poem, ' The Jewel of Men ' by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck the Queen Mother.
Tomorrow is reserved for all parents to share the celebration of LIFE through poetry at SUNSHINE School. I encourage you to witness the performance of your children and share their joy and pride tomorrow as this will lay the path to enjoy their accomplishments in later life. Thank you Sunshine for your endeavour in shaping able citizens of the future.