Bhutan’s children start to learn to read by phonics

An amazing achievement in Bhutan:
1500 English teachers nationwide have been trained during the month of January to implement Structured Synthetic Phonics for their Pre-Primary classes.

Chair Helen Wildy said “I am so proud that HHfB can contribute to the improvement in literacy of all beginning learners this year.  I’m also impressed by the mighty effort of Sangay Tshering and his team at the Royal Education Council and Tashi Lhamo who leads the Teachers Professional Support Division.  Deep gratitude to HHfB’s Diana Rigg for her generosity and sustained hard work in preparation for the PD and implementation across the country.”

A group of grateful teachers sent us this video after attending two days of Professional Development to learn about the new Structured Synthetic Phonics approach to developing early literacy being implemented across Bhutan this year: an initiative of Hear Hear for Bhutan.

For all enquiries about SSP materials, please contact Sangay Tshering at the Royal Education Council (