Choki Traditional Art School (CTAS) was established in 1999 by the Bhutanese artist Dasho Choki Dorji. The school offers economically disadvantaged children from across Bhutan the possibility of studying traditional arts at master level. Thanks to outside donations CTAS could evolve over the years.

In 2013 a total of 141 students were enrolled, 96 boys and 45 girls. The curriculum lasts 5-6 years and the students can choose between painting, wood carving, weaving and embroidery. In addition, the students learn the national language Dzongkha, English, math and computer graphics.

During a visit to Bhutan in November 2008, Mario Fontana had the chance to visit CTAS and decided to make an initial investment. The relationship has evolved since then. In 2010 Fontana Foundation took over the financial responsibility for the school and now also supports Sonam Choki, the Principal of CTAS, in her leadership tasks. CTAS is worth a visit.

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