His Majesty The King grants Soelra for children on online resources for coding

The program will be rolled out in all LSS, MSS, HSS starting August this year where it will form part of the ICT curriculum for classes VII-VIII, and will be supplementary learning for other classes.

Tshering Yangki

His Majesty The King has granted as Soelra to the children of Bhutan the access to online resources where students can learn coding

The Soelra was presented to the Ministry of Education by His Majesty’s Secretariat on 20 July. Along with the presentation, a Memorandum of Understanding was also signed between MoE, the Department of Information and Technology (DITT), and the Royal Society for STEM (RSSTEM).

The Royal Society for STEM, which is an office under His Majesty’s Secretariat set up to strengthen Bhutan’s participation in scientific and technological innovation, received Royal Command in February this year to explore educational platforms to make coding more engaging and fun for students.

CodeMonkey was jointly chosen over several leading platforms in consultation with the Ministry of Education and DITT. CodeMonkey is a popular online platform which offers paid coding lessons, taught through games.

RSSTEM’s Director Karma Wangdi during the launch said that children learn coding in an engaging and adventurous environment. It has a progressive learning approach, which starts with basic block-based coding for lower grades and gradually moves up to text- based coding using Python programming language for higher classes.

“Further, it has good resources for teachers including well developed lesson plans and teaching materials, with solutions to challenges contained in the lessons. It is also equipped with classroom management system with automatic grading and assessment of student performance and also provides a dashboard overview of the whole class which can be viewed at different levels. These were the main reasons why it was chosen.”

“We would also like to join everyone in offering our deep Obeisance and eternal gratitude to His Majesty for His Love, Care and Boundless Compassion, and offer our humble prayers for His Majesty’s long life.”

He said that his office felt s truly blessed to be associated and be a part of this Programme.

He looked forward to continue working closely with the MoE and DITT to support the swift and successful implementation of the Royal Soelra.

“As the Ministry of Education implements Codemonkey in schools the Department of IT and Telecom and RSSTEM will be there to render all possible support. An MOU to this effect, which underscores this joint commitment, is being signed later in the programme.” the director added.

According to the MOU, the Ministry of Education, which has received the Soelra on behalf of all the students of Bhutan, will implement the programme, with support from DITT and RSSTEM.