The Education programme supports the improvement of the quality and access to primary education. It also supports the government’s non-formal education programme and early childhood care and development. UNICEF’s Education Programme supports Bhutan towards achieving MDG 2 (Achieve Universal Primary Education) and MDG 3 (Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women).

The programme follows a lifecycle approach to providing education, starting from Early Childhood Care and Development (click here to download the ECCD Game Changer Poster) to ensuring Child Friendly Education and providing a second chance to education through Non Formal Education to those who might have missed out on schooling.

From monastic education predominantly being the oldest form of education and the only formal structure, Bhutan started its move towards the modern/western style education as early as 1913. Education receives top priority in Bhutan’s successive Five Year Plans and a major share of the budget is allocated to this sector. Despite resource constraints, basic level education is free in Bhutan. Higher education is provided free, based on merit. The country has already achieved 96 per cent primary school enrollment rate.

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