The sec­ond Win­ter Youth En­rich­ment Pro­gramme

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The sec­ond Win­ter Youth En­rich­ment Pro­gramme for girls is un­der­way in Gyalpoizhing, Mon­gar. 821 girls from 85 dif­fer­ent schools, from classes 6 to 12 are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the camp. The girls are from all six east­ern dzongkhags.

The month-long camp was in­au­gu­rated by Ly­onpo Dorji Cho­den, Min­ster of Works and Hu­man Set­tle­ment, on 29th De­cem­ber.

The Win­ter Youth En­rich­ment Pro­gramme was ini­ti­ated upon the com­mand of His Majesty The King, and the first camp was held at the Mon­gar High School from 29th De­cem­ber to 31st Jan­uary last year. 411 girls from across the six east­ern dzongkhags par­tic­i­pated in the camp last year.

The camp was ini­ti­ated to give girls from vul­ner­a­ble back­grounds an op­por­tu­nity to use their win­ter hol­i­days to ac­quire knowl­edge and skills, and gain self con­fi­dence through a pro­gram that in­cludes english lessons, life skills, scout­ing, ca­reer guid­ance, coun­sel­ing, and health check-ups, as well as in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, home sci­ence, knit­ting, can­dle and soap mak­ing, art, dance, games and sports. The pogramme also in­cludes guest lec­tures on spir­i­tu­al­ity, drugs, na­ture and en­vi­ron­ment, ado­les­cent re­pro­duc­tive health, hy­giene and san­i­ta­tion.

The par­tic­i­pants of the camp are be­tween 14-20 years old, and would have worked dur­ing their win­ter va­ca­tion at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, mak­ing them vul­ner­a­ble.

The first WYEP was im­mensely suc­cess­ful, with heart­felt tes­ti­mo­ni­als from the par­tic­i­pants, who de­scribed their in­creased self con­fi­dence and a new­found strength to over­come dif­fi­cul­ties that some of them faced at home or school.

In or­der to en­cour­age fam­i­lies to al­low their daugh­ters to at­tend the camp in­stead of work­ing away from homes in pos­si­bly dif­fi­cult con­di­tions, His Majesty granted as soelra, the amount equal to what the girls would earn from one month of work dur­ing the win­ter.

Prayer for Long Life: Par­tic­i­pants and guests of­fer Zhabtoen at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Win­ter Youth Em­power Pro­gramme in Gyalpoizhing

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