Passing the Bhutan: A teacher touches the future

Brent Northup

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

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My daughter’s life was transformed by the unconditional love given her by teachers such as Lauri Bowlds and Marcia Lythgoe of Smith School in the 1990s.

The most transformative teaching happens with the youngest students. Like gardeners nurturing seeds, these educators supply water and sunshine — knowledge and love — and watch the children blossom.

“Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom” is a loving, gentle tribute to Ugyen Dorji, who, reluctantly, takes a job teaching young children in one of the most remote villages on the globe – a place reachable only by walking six days up muddy hills and steep inclines into the breathtaking Himalayan mountains of Bhutan.

Sherab Dorji as Ugyen Dorji and friend in “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom.”

Photo courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films

The day he arrives, a young girl, Pem Zam, will remind him of his sacred calling: “Teachers touch the future.”

The love of these children

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