Win­ter Youth En­gage­ment Pro­gramme to en­hance knowl­edge and skills

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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

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