On March 23, 2014, a group of students from Singapore and their parents arrived in Bhutan on a seven-day visit.
These students are the members of a READ Service Club at Singapore American School (SAS). Officials from READ Bhutan and Changjiji community welcomed the group, consisting of 11 members.
The team interacted with the children and women at Changjiji READ Center, doing fun and interactive activities including painting, origami and bead making; and conversation and reading sessions with READ Center’s basic and intermediate English literacy classes.
SAS READ Service Club had raised fund (at a fundraising event in Singapore in December 2013) to establish a satellite READ Center at Thimphu and donated 22 boxes of books to READ Bhutan.
On March 25, 2014, the group also visited Mendhagang READ Center in Punakha and interacted with the community members and students there; before they fly back to Singapore, the team also visited other places in the country before they flew back home on March 29, 2014.
Singapore American School (SAS), an international school, is one of the wealthiest private schools in Singapore. Started in 1956, it is an independent, non-profit, co-ed day school that offers American-based curriculum from preschool to grade 12. There are more than 3,800 students, who come from more than 50 countries.