Draktsho Vocational Training Center

Draktsho is the only vocational training center for children and adults with special needs in Bhutan. They also provide educational, life and social skills training to children and youth with all types of disabilities. Draktsho was established in 2001 under the guidance of Her Majesty Ashi Tshering Pem Wangchuck, co-chair of the Bhutan Foundation. Since the government was providing education for visually and hearing-impaired students through the local schools and inclusive education projects, Draktsho recognized the need to facilitate services to those who were intellectually impaired. Draktsho works to ensure that Bhutanese citizens with disabilities have opportunities for developing skills to enhance their daily living standards by providing vocational training to pursue gainful employment and be able to contribute to society. They also work to make their students independent and confident by building their self-esteem and self-reliance. Currently, there are two Draktsho centers, one in Western Bhutan (Thimphu),and the other is located in Eastern Bhutan. Draktsho provides services to 67 students in Thimphu and 70 students in the East, with 18 staff and few volunteers. Some of their vocational activities include tailoring, embroidering, weaving, wood-carving, and making paper crafts.

Since the beginning of the Special Education Program in 2008, there have been tremendous efforts to make connections and partnerships between Draktsho and Changangkha Middle Secondary School, a public school that addresses the needs of children with disabilities. They now work in collaboration to best meet the needs of all the students in academic, life skills, vocational training, and transition.