His Majesty grants au­di­ence to grad­u­ates

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

His Majesty The King granted an au­di­ence to the 2315 grad­u­ates who are at­tend­ing the na­tional grad­u­ate ori­en­ta­tion pro­gramme this year last Fri­day.

His Majesty be­gan the ad­dress by sharing two sto­ries: a se­nior red-scarf of­fi­cial la­bored for many years with the ob­jec­tive to achieve suc­cess, and re­fused to be de­terred even when faced with the prospect of go­ing to school with 12-year-olds when he was 25; a teenage boy in con­flict with the law ad­mit­ted to His Majesty that he had ‘given up’ and lost all hopes for the future be­cause of his dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances.

Jux­ta­pos­ing th­ese two sto­ries, His Majesty ad­vised the grad­u­ates to never give up, and to con­tinue striv­ing for ex­cel­lence through­out their lives.

“If you set out with good in­ten­tions with a lot of courage, you will always achieve great things,” His Majesty said.

His Majesty said to the grad­u­ates that we are for­tu­nate to have been born in such a beau­ti­ful, blessed coun­try, where our true trea­sure is our peo­ple.

“Our par­ents and an­ces­tors, the suc­ces­sive Kings, and es­pe­cially His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, in 34 years of glo­ri­ous reign, built this coun­try into what it is to­day. It is the peo­ple who will take our coun­try for­ward.”

“While we take pride in the achieve­ments of the past, we can­not sit back and en­joy the fruits of our an­ces­tors’ labours. We are still the gen­er­a­tion of na­tion-builders, and we still have many na­tional goals to achieve,” His Majesty said.

“I have many con­cerns about our future, and I want you to be con­cerned too, be­cause only then will we work earnestly to en­sure that we, as a na­tion, achieve all our ob­jec­tives,” His Majesty said.

His Majesty spoke to the grad­u­ates about the need to as­sess the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try, and to en­sure that it en­dows the youth with the ca­pa­bil­ity to be in­de­pen­dent and suc­cess­ful in the future. His Majesty also shared con­cerns about em­ploy­ment, the need to im­prove the qual­ity of life of ev­ery in­di­vid­ual in the coun­try, and to en­sure that ev­ery­one re­ceives equal op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Speak­ing about the dou­bling of the bud­get out­lay for the suc­ces­sive five-year plans and in­creas­ing in­vest­ments in hy­dropower, His Majesty shared with the grad­u­ates con­cerns re­gard­ing the econ­omy.

“Are we pre­pared to carry out the in­creased work that we have planned? Are we pre­pared to face the new and un­ex­pected difficulties we will face in the future? Are we equipped with bet­ter ideas and plans? Will we man­age our re­sources bet­ter? Th­ese are things we need to give se­ri­ous thought to,” His Majesty said.

His Majesty also re­minded the grad­u­ates of some of our most im­por­tant na­tional ob­jec­tives.

His Majesty said that our most im­por­tant goal is to pro­tect the sovereignty of our na­tion as as-

sid­u­ously as our an­ces­tors have done be­fore us.

An­other na­tional goal is to main­tain peace through unity. “We must en­sure that dif­fer­ences in eth­nic­ity, re­gion, reli­gion, pol­i­tics, and economic sta­tus never di­vides us,” His Majesty said.

Eq­ui­table devel­op­ment and equal ac­cess to op­por­tu­ni­ties, self-re­liance, a strong democ­racy, which would con­sol­i­date our future, rule of law and good gover­nance, are some of the other im­por­tant ob­jec­tives we have as a na­tion, His Majesty said.

“Fi­nally, you must look af­ter our cul­tural her­itage, and pass it on to your chil­dren, be­cause our sense of na­tional iden­tity is deeply rooted in our cul­tural her­itage,” His Majesty said.

His Majesty ended the ad­dress with a mes­sage filled with hope and de­ter­mi­na­tion for the future, in which, His Majesty said, “We will make the jour­ney, and grow old, to­gether, and re­tire know­ing that the coun­try has done well.”

Tshe­wang Ch­ogyel, 36, worked in his fam­ily busi­ness of bronze cast­ing for 15 years be­fore he de­cided to con­tinue his ed­u­ca­tion. He joined the con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme and then got him­self a de­gree from Sikkim. His Majesty’s ad­dress touched a spe­cial chord with him.

“His Majesty always in­spires me, and to­day I felt like I was be­ing ad­dressed di­rectly. I want to spread His Majesty’s mes­sage of con­tin­u­ing to strive for ex­cel­lence through­out our lives to the younger gen­er­a­tion,” he said.

“It was a priv­i­lege to have this op­por­tu­nity to lis­ten to His Majesty, and His Majesty’s ad­dress has stirred all of us to­day,” Jigme, a grad­u­ate from Thai­land, said. “I was deeply moved by His Majesty’s words, and I hope to make His Majesty proud in the future.”

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