Campus school in Bhutan
In addition to the local rescue work, the Bergrettung Lech is intensly involved in the prevention of accidents and would now like to realize a humanitarian project in a far distant part of the world.
The project should
• Be located in a high mountain area.
• Easy to look after, because it will be carried out by the Bergrettung Lech itself in the beginning.
• Be guided by the local villagers to enforce the identification of the locals with the project. The population also has the most knowledge of traditional materials and architecture.
• We aim for a common action with the locals, e.g. by installing solar energy systems to provide hot water.
During a trekking tour in Bhutan (South Asia) we were made aware of a campus school in Linghsi. The school is located 4.000 metres above sea level – surrounded by numerous enormous mountains – and far away from any “civilization”. Special about this school is that the about 80 kids need to walk 3 to 4 days to school and therefore stay for several months at a time on the campus of Linghsi.
The campus consists of only one building without electric light supply and is absolutely reduced to a minimum comfort. The children sleep, eat and are tought in the building.
The only available water source is – despite mostly very low temperatures – outside the building.
The trekkers from Lech were deeply impressed by the friendliness and open attitude of Bhutan’s population towards foreigners as well as of the simple way of life of the children and teachers. There are few countries in which traditions are so carefully upheld by a responsible government, which also aims to control foreign influences.
The school in Linghsi is the perfect project in a wonderful mountain region on the other side of the world. The children shall receive better living and teaching conditions. The sanitary situation shall be thoroughly renewed and the children should be taught in human body care and hygiene. By knowing these basics the children can contribute to their own families’ and villages’ health.
General information on Bhutan:
Bhutan is located in the south of Asia, bordering the Indian provinces Sikkim, West Bengalia, Assam and Arunachal in the south and Tibet in the north. The surface of the country is dominated by the Himalaya mountains. More than 80 % of the country are higher than 2.000 metres above sea level.
2004 about 40 % of the population lived below poverty level, which is officially set at an annual income of 740 Ngultrum (around 15 Euros) per person.
|Motto of State:||“One nation, one population”|
|Areas:||47.000 km2||83.871 km2|
|Population count:||ca. 680.000||ca. 8,4 Mio.|
|Population density:||14,3 inhabitant pro km2||99 inhabitant pro km2|
|GNP/inhabitant:||731 US-Dollar (2005)||37.117 US-Dollar (2006)|
|Human Development Index:||135. place of 177||14. place of 177|
The highest mountain of Bhutan is the Kula Kangri (7.553 metres). Another mountain, the Gangkhar. Puensum with 7.541 metres is the world’s highest mountain which has never been climbed.
All economic interests of the country are subordinated to the environmental and nature preserve. Therefore the country shows unspoiled nature which today in comparison to equally sized countries is unmatched. Already in school children are taught intensely the importance of nature and environmental preservation.
Since the agriculture is not very productive and the production of rice is low, the government is forced to import rice to supply the people sufficiently. Because of the growing population Bhutan will be facing many problems regarding food supply in the future.
The generation of electricity is very important and is mostly exported to India and Bangladesh. 1986 the electric power plant of Chukha went online and its revenue added already 40 % in 2005 to Bhutan’s budget.