Deaf cultures and Sign Languages of the world: Bhután (Druk Yul)

Created 10 April 2000, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

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Collecting and recording deaf sign language used in Bhutan. A major component of the work will be to develop Bhutanese sign language before September 2003 when the education programme for the deaf will commence. 10 pupils will be admitted this year in the school. the regular classes will be held in Drugyel LSS while the Drugyel HSS will provide boarding facilities.


Visit of Drukgyel Deaf School. During my trip in Bhutan, I asked my guide to show me a deaf school since I am deaf myself. There are two deaf schools in the small kingdom of Bhutan, one of them being near Paro, on the way to Drukgyel monastery, about ten kilometres from Paro.

DeafTODAY. (2003, May 19). Bhutan to begin deaf education. Khandu Om, a deaf teenager, swings her hands up gesturing a plane flying. Then she holds an imaginary book on her hands. She is trying to say that she wants to study in Paro, where there is an airport.

Drukgyel Deaf School, near Paro - Bhutan Photos - IgoUgo.

Pro Bhutan e.V. - Construction of a School for Hearing-impaired Children with Hostels for Girls and Boys in Drukyel near Paro. The project agreement was signed in November 2002. This school will be combined with the Lower Secondary and the Higher Secondary School already existing in Drukyel: the objective is to integrate the hearing-impaired children from the beginning with the non-handicapped children for the obvious benefits of both. In the context of our project, The Royal Bhutan Government has ordered a Bhutanese sign language for the hearing-impaired to be developed. UNICEF and the German Christoffel Blind Mission are supporting this effort. The new sign language will be taught to teachers as soon as possible so that when the buildings are completed, the education of the hearing-impaired children can start without delay.

(2007, December 14). BHUTAN'S DEAF CHILDREN TO STUDY IN NEW SCHOOL.UK flagSign Language iconDeaf children in Bhutan, South Asia, are set to have an upgraded school and better resources early next year. Improved classrooms will await 22 students at the Deaf Education Unit in Paro when they return to their lessons in March.