Bhutan - the last great Himalayan kingdom, shrouded in mystery and magic.

Bhutan widely has a reputation for being a magical country, nestled among the world’s highest mountains and regularly ranked as one of the happiest places on earth. Indeed, it doesn’t measure quality of life in GDP or average income, but by GNH: Gross National Happiness.

As primarily Buddhist country, monasteries are central to the Bhutanese way of life. The religious institutions accept boys from the age of seven onwards where they’re taught key elements of spirituality, alongside reading and writing. Boys who train at the monasteries are often from disadvantaged backgrounds and the monasteries provide a home for 4,000 children whose families lack the resources to sustain them.

We were honoured to be invited by UNICEF to witness the work that the organisation is doing to ensure that the young monks have a diverse range of employment opportunities when they graduate – and enhance the teaching and learning they receive.

Our shoot in the monastic school was part of a week-long video and photography mission for UNICEF Bhutan.