Winter Youth Engagement Programme to enhance knowledge and skills
The month-long 2nd Winter Youth Engagement Programme (WYEP), was held at Gyalpozhing Higher Secondary School, Mongar from 29th December 2014 ended last Thursday in accordance with the command of His Majesty The King. The WYEP was organized to engage the socio-economically disadvantaged students (girls) meaningfully, enhance their knowledge & skills, build confidence & competence, bring them at level playing field with other students and keep them away from vulnerable situations like working on the construction sites and roads during winter vacation. A total of 824 female students aged between 14-20 years and studying in classes III-XII in 90 schools located in six eastern Dzongkhags and one Thromde attended the programme.
Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay graced the closing ceremony of the programme . The National Assembly’s Speaker Jigme Zangpo, Members of Parliament from Mongar Dzongkhag, Dzongdags of six eastern Dzongkhags, Dzongkhag officials & local leaders of Mongar Dzongkhag and heads of regional offices in the locality attended the function. The program included offering of Zhabten to His Majesty The King, Zhabten to His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo, camp impression by students, exhibition of livelihood skills education products and cultural programme.
The Lyonchen highlighted His Majesty’s visions, extraordinary con- cern, unconditional love and care for the youth in general and the girls in the camp in particular. In order to pay gratitude to His Majesty The King, Lyonchen advised the students to study well, to share the knowledge & skills which they have gained from the programme with their family members at home and friends in schools and cultivate reading habits to enhance their knowledge starting right away as 2015 is the year of reading dedicated to the 6th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo.
In the WYEP, a wholesome approach was adopted so that the students could avail the opportunity not only to acquire knowledge and skills but also to enable them to grow personally and live dignified lives. Therefore, the program primarily focused on strengthening their English and building individual social skills through various youth health developmental programmes like life skills, scouting, guidance, counseling as well as other skills development activities like information technology, knitting, basket making, candle and soap making, and recreational activities like art, dance, games and sports. The programmes were further enriched through guest lectures on spirituality, drugs, nature & environment and other topics related to adolescent reproductive & sexual health, hygiene & sanitation, etc.
Besides camp expenses and other Soelra, His Majesty The King granted Cash Soelra of Nu. 6,000 each to the students to meet their educational expense in the coming academic year.
His Majesty The King granted an audience to the students in the morning of 19th January 2015 and commanded that core values of importance of having sound inner health- honesty, integrity, dedication, positive attitude, hard work, perseverance, confidence, to manage time wisely-move like a marathon runner, slow but consistent to win the race, never to give up hopes when one faces problems but learn from hardships to be a good human being in life and cultivate reading habits, work hard and excel in studies so that one grows up to be able to stand on one’s own feet later