Choki Traditional Art School
Choki Art School
CHOKI TRADITIONAL ART SCHOOL
"Empowering the unprivileged youth as custodians of distinct culture"
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TSHERING NEDUP - 6th Year painting student

Tshering NedupI am Tshering Nedup and I come from Lhuntse (Eastern Bhutan). My father and mother got divorced when I was 2 years old. My father left my mother after which I lived with my mother in Lhuntse in a village called Zham. I was bought up by my grandparents and have studied up till class four standards. I had to drop my study firstly because my grandparents and mother couldn’t afford my education as my mother re-married and have three more children to look after . My mother also had to move to Thimphu to stay with step-father as he was working in Royal Body Guard (RBG). The other reason for leaving my study is due to the long distance I had to travel from my home to school. I had to walk for 2 and half hours every day to and from my house crossing through the thick forest. My grandparents didn’t have time and couldn’t afford to stay with me at the school like many other parents, so I had to drop my study.

After I left the school for two years, I came to know about CTAS through one of the close friends of my step-father and I was fortunate to get an admission. I joint CTAS in 2003 and now I am studying in 6th Year in the painting section. With the skills that I have acquired I am able to do some temporary jobs during my holidays and earn some pocket money. Since I am the eldest among the four children I try to help my mother and younger brother and sisters. I am very happy that I am able to continue my study and at the same time able to help my mother and my grandparents in the village.

Very soon I will be graduating from the school and I hope to further enhance my skills by working with skill craftsmen either as government service or to work in private companies in future.

Tashi Delek!

Tshering Nedup




SANGAY TENZIN - 7th Year painting student

sangay_tenzinBefore I joined CTAS, I was studying in Gaselo LSS. Since my parents were poor and we were many siblings my parents could not afford my education. I was however privileged to study at CTAS. Like me many youth has benefitted from CTAS. I hope the school will continue to benefit many other under privileged boys and girls in future. I joined CTAS in 2001 and graduated in December 2007. Over the period I have gained adequate knowledge and skills in various field of painting. Presently I am glad to start my first work at Simtokha Dzong, which is a very important and historical dzong in Bhutan. I am confident that I will perform well in my work and be able to support my family. I would like to extend my deep gratitude to CTAS, the teachers, the HYF who have supported our school and all well wishers from abroad for their generous support. I am very grateful and will never forget the kindness that you all have extended in making me what I am today a proud and happy young man.

Kadenchey and Tashi Delek!

Sangay Tenzin

 

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