A fascinating look at the subject by Kuensel. Teachers are divided. But the fact that one says she allows religious objects from all faiths in order to encourage tolerance…is an interesting development for Bhutan. The subject’s come up because of the practice of teaching meditation in class, as part of the government’s “education for Gross National Happiness” policies. Meditation was introduced to classrooms about a year ago; it’s seen as a way of setting children off on the right foot. The person who runs that program says in this story that introducing Buddhist altars into the class wasn’t intended to be part of the program.
Spiritual classrooms in Bhutan, but no religion